“This welcome addition to the literature on fame goes beyond goes beyond stardom–though Redmond and Holmes cover that topic well–to discuss stardom and celebrity in general.”

A.L. Knight, CHOICE

This book brings together some of the seminal interventions which have structured the development of star/celebrity studies, while crucially combining and situating these within the context of new essays which address the contemporary, cross-media and international landscape of today's fame culture. At the core of the collection is a desire to map out a unique historical trajectory – both in terms of the development of fame, as well as the historical development of star/celebrity studies.

Media Power: Some Hidden Dimensions

Media power: Some hidden dimensions


In my account of the symbolic hierarchy of the media frame, I will speak of the distinction between ‘media world’ and ‘ordinary world’. ‘Media world’ (used in inverted commas) here denotes a constructed term within this binary opposition, which may variously be mapped onto media institutions, the ‘worlds’ implied by media fictions, and so on. ‘Ordinary world’ denotes the other term within that binary opposition. There is no ‘ordinary world’, and no ‘media world’, only one social world of which the division between ‘media’ and ‘ordinary’ ‘worlds’ is a product.


It is ‘common sense’ that the ‘media world’ is somehow better, more intense, than ‘ordinary life’, and that ‘media people’ are somehow special. This is not based ...

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