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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.

Celebrity Media Effects

Author : Carol M. Madere
ISBN : 9781498577816
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book explores the effect of celebrity on Americans' public and private lives. It examines how celebrities bring about change, intentionally and unintentionally, and how those changes affect the public that loves and follows them. It explores health, philanthropy, activism, and celebrity attitudes toward feminism and police brutality.


Author : Forbes Riley
ISBN : 9781683508380
Genre : Performing Arts
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In this digital age, it is more exciting than ever to seek a career in the entertainment industry—from stuntmen and musicians to actresses, dancers, and even make-up artists. With the advent of social media, YouTube, Facebook, and more, someone with talent in any medium can (and needs to) create their own brand, steer their career, and master the art of “virtually auditioning” at all times with every post. This is a far cry from the “old days” of paper headshot and cattle calls. Forbes Riley, an overnight success 20+ years in the making, shares her insights, obstacles, and successes as she pursued her career as an actress, dancer, and TV host. For her, meeting Will Quinones and hearing his dream of building his audition platform, Virdition, to help struggling artists of all levels was a dream come true. Virdition takes auditioning to a whole new level and helps aspiring entertainers truly understand the possibilities from contest shows like The Voice and American Idol to feature film casting.

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.

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.

Keeping Up The Kardashian Brand

Author : Amanda Scheiner McClain
ISBN : 9780739177167
Genre : Social Science
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The Kardashian family is a contemporary cultural touchstone, recognizable throughout the world connoting warrantless celebrity, voluptuous beauty, and social media savviness. Amanda Scheiner McClain explores the Kardashians’ brand and celebrity via narrative discourse analyses of their hit reality television series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, social media utilization, and popular press coverage. This triangulated study allows insight into contemporaneous American culture: societal norms, values, and ideologies, as well as structural and cultural aspects of cross-platform brand creation. The television series examination finds intrinsic paradoxes of sexuality/conservatism, family/business, beauty/unhappiness, narcissism/celebrity, intimate/transgressiveness, and traditional/nontraditional gender roles, as well as materialism and public vs. private spheres themes. In addition, a study of the Kardashian blogs and Twitter use finds that their careful participation amplifies celebrity and unifies the overall brand into a single, sellable image across media. Through interactive media and just being themselves, the Kardashians renovate banal status updates and hackneyed reality television into character-constructing building blocks of brand, celebrity, and profits.

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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