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American Idolatry

Author : Christopher E. Bell
ISBN : 9780786455539
Genre : Performing Arts
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The popular definition characterizes celebrity as a product of manufacture rather than merit. If fame is taken to represent the recognition of achievement, then modern celebrity, in contrast, must be based on something other than achievement, for celebrity and fame are not the same thing. This book explores the process by which celebrity is created, using the first seven seasons of Fox Television’s American Idol as a framework for analysis of how celebrity is defined, generated, nurtured, and intensified.

American Idolatry

Author : Christopher Edward Bell
ISBN : 124363197X
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The popular definition of celebrity defines the Celebrity as a product of manufacture rather than merit. If fame is taken to represent the recognition of achievement, then modern celebrity, in contrast, must be based on something other than achievement. In fact, at the extreme end of the proposition, achievement -- greatness -- and celebrity are inversely proportional. Celebrity and fame are not the same thing; they are interrelated, and occasionally coexistent, but not necessarily interchangeable terms. However, where the two intersect -- where the famous Celebrity, or the person who is well-known for his/her performative acts, is situated is that with which this study is primarily concerned. This dissertation is an attempt to explore one avenue by which the process of interconnecting fame and celebrity is accomplished, and to delineate the reification/commodification process inherent in the creation of celebrity. It begins by locating the concept of celebrity within the larger context of popular culture, then constructs a rhetorical and historical genealogy of the term "celebrity." The resulting model of celebrity is then applied to one particular instance of media: American Idol. This qualitative study examines the ascribing processes embedded in the text (thereby examining the ways in which meaning is made in respect to celebrity in this particular media instance), and seven seasons of American Idol are textually analyzed, rhetorically and thematically. Using Critical Discourse Analysis and P. David Marshall's "toolbox for analyzing celebrity texts," 277 episodes of American Idol are read, deliberately and meticulously, to discover the forms and codes by which celebrity is defined, generated, nurtured, and intensified in this specific instance, within this specific artifact. A model is then suggested for interpreting the particular genus of celebrity which is manifest on American Idol, contributing a theoretical framework, conceptual model, and data collection/analysis methodology to the larger network of conversations surrounding the nature and behavior of the social phenomenon we call celebrity.

The Ethics Of Reality Tv

Author : Wendy N. Wyatt
ISBN : 9781441179340
Genre : Social Science
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Reality television is continuing to grow, both in numbers and in popularity. The scholarship on reality TV is beginning to catch up, but one of the most enduring questions about the genre-Is it ethical?-has yet to be addressed in any systematic and comprehensive way. Through investigating issues ranging from deception and privacy breaches to community building and democratization of TV, The Ethics of Reality TV explores the ways in which reality TV may create both benefits and harms to society. The edited collection features the work of leading scholars in the field of media ethics and provides a comprehensive assessment of the ethical effects of the genre.

Reality T V

Author : Shannon Kelly
ISBN : 9781420511024
Genre : Young Adult Nonfiction
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According to a CNN 2013 article on reality TV and youth, behavior portrayed on some reality TV programs is inspiring real-life bullying amongst teens. Research by psychologists at Bringham Young University concluded that aggression in the brain is activated and motivated when youth watch reality TV. This engaging edition looks at the incredibly popular, ever evolving, and divisive form of entertainment that is reality TV. The book looks at what is defined as reality television and provides a brief history of the genre. It discusses why the format appeals to television producers and how it has been received by audiences. Criticisms of the genre are discussed and arguments that point to redeeming qualities of the shows are also examined. The volume includes discussion questions for each chapter and sources for further research on the topic.


Author : Jessica Hillman-McCord
ISBN : 9783319648767
Genre : Social Science
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This book argues that the digital revolution has fundamentally altered the way musicals are produced, followed, admired, marketed, reviewed, researched, taught, and even cast. In the first hundred years of its existence, commercial musical theatre functioned on one basic model. However, with the advent of digital and network technologies, every musical theatre artist and professional has had to adjust to swift and unanticipated change. Due to the historically commercial nature of the musical theatre form, it offers a more potent test case to reveal the implications of this digital shift than other theatrical art forms. Rather than merely reflecting technological change, musical theatre scholarship and practice is at the forefront of the conversation about art in the digital age. This book is essential reading for musical theatre fans and scholars alike.


Author : Christopher E. Bell
ISBN : 9781443855235
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The current state of scholarship surrounding Harry Potter is both vibrant and varied. One of the reasons scholars continue to be attracted to the series as an artifact is the colossal range of disciplinary foci that can find treasures to unearth in its pages and films. In the Harry Potter series, “legilimens” is the spell that allows a wizard to see into another person’s mind, reading the subject’s thoughts. As such, it is an appropriate moniker for the attempt of scholars to see into the Harry Potter texts and search for greater meaning. Legilimens!: Perspecives in Harry Potter Studies contains the work of anthropologists and theologians, of historians and rhetoricians. The collection is a wide-ranging discussion of the Harry Potter texts (and the meanings contained within) among scholars from broadly disparate fields, coming together to deliberate over the greater scholarly significance of these rich and fertile texts.

Hermione Granger Saves The World

Author : Christopher E. Bell
ISBN : 9781476600055
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"The essays in this book make two central claims. First, the word "feminist" has been poorly defined or demonized. Hermione Granger, of the Harry Potter series, serves as an outstanding example of what modern young feminism looks like. The second claim is that Hermione is a pivotal character upon whom the entire series rests--not Harry Potter himself "--Provided by publisher.

Do Not Open The Door

Author : Christopher Bell
ISBN : 0692303391
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A little imagination goes a long way in this hilarious debut children's book by Christopher E. Bell. When the Bobby siblings hear a knock at the door, it could be anyone (or anything) on the other side! Perfect for kids with wild imaginations, with clever, innovative illustrations by Oliver Bundoc. A fun bit of silliness for the beginning reader, a toddler at bedtime, or anyone who enjoys letting a simple idea spiral out of control for a little while. Your kids will be asking to read this story again and again.

Idols And Celebrity In Japanese Media Culture

Author : P. W. Galbraith
ISBN : 9781137283788
Genre : Social Science
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This is the most complete and compelling account of idols and celebrity in Japanese media culture to date. Engaging with the study of media, gender and celebrity, and sensitive to history and the contemporary scene, these interdisciplinary essays cover male and female idols, production and consumption, industrial structures and fan movements.

Amusing Ourselves To Death

Author : Neil Postman
ISBN : 1101042621
Genre : Social Science
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What happens when media and politics become forms of entertainment? As our world begins to look more and more like Orwell's 1984, Neil's Postman's essential guide to the modern media is more relevant than ever. "It's unlikely that Trump has ever read Amusing Ourselves to Death, but his ascent would not have surprised Postman.” -CNN Originally published in 1985, Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic about the corrosive effects of television on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century book published in the twentieth century. Now, with television joined by more sophisticated electronic media—from the Internet to cell phones to DVDs—it has taken on even greater significance. Amusing Ourselves to Death is a prophetic look at what happens when politics, journalism, education, and even religion become subject to the demands of entertainment. It is also a blueprint for regaining control of our media, so that they can serve our highest goals. “A brilliant, powerful, and important book. This is an indictment that Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one.” –Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

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