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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.


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.

Beyond Black

Author : Ellis Cashmore
ISBN : 9781780931470
Genre : Social Science
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Beyond Black is Ellis Cashmore's compelling appraisal of the impact of black celebrities on the cultural landscape of contemporary America. In recent years a new variety of African American celebrity has emerged: acquisitive, ambitious, flamboyantly successful and individualistic - more interested in channelling their energy into career development than into the political struggles that animated some of their predecessors. Bill Cosby and Oprah Winfrey were early examples; current A-listers include Beyoncé and Tiger Woods. The most valuable product these celebrities sell, according to Cashmore, is a particular conception of America: as a nation where racism has been - if not banished - rendered insignificant. Jargon-free but with scholarly attention to theory, evidence and logic, this is a riveting account of contemporary American society, from the minstrel shows of the nineteenth century, through the Hollywood film industry of the 1930s, to today's hip-hop culture.

The Ethics Of Emerging Media

Author : Bruce E. Drushel
ISBN : 9781441100252
Genre : Social Science
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The Ethics of Emerging Media� engages with enduring ethical questions while addressing critical questions concerning ethical boundaries at the forefront of new media development. This collection provides a rare opportunity to ask how emerging media affect the ethical choices in our lives and the lives of people across the globe.� Centering on different new media forms from eBay to Wikipedia, each chapter raises questions about how changing media formats affect current theoretical understanding of ethics.� By interrogating traditional ethical theory, we can better understand the challenges to ethical decision making in an age of rapidly evolving media.� Each chapter focuses on a specific case within the broader conceptual fabric of ethical theory.� The case studies ground the discussion of ethics in practical applications while, at the same time, addressing moral dilemmas that have plagued us for generations.� The specific applications will undoubtedly continue to unfold, but the ethical questions will endure.

Post Cold War America

Author : James Haley
ISBN : 0737711477
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Looks at important writings and moments in American history during the nineteen nineties, discussing the challenges facing America following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The Science Of Religion Greek

Author : Paramahansa Yogananda
ISBN : 0876126433
Genre : Religion
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Albert Einstein once declared: "Science without religion is lame, and religion without science is blind." In The Science of Religion Paramahansa Yogananda (author of the acclaimed spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi) reveals why the answers to the ultimate questions of both science and religion do not lie in scholarly research or blind belief, but in direct personal experience of a higher Reality that underlies and sustains all life. With compelling logic, he explores the relative effectiveness of various approaches to this goal - from traditional intellectual and religious disciplines to metaphysical practices that lead beyond the conscious and subconscious mind to a superconscious awareness. Stripping away the cloaks of dogma and doctrine, he redefines religion on a basis at once universal and intensely personal.


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ISBN : UOM:39015058910319
Genre : Art, Modern
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Congressional Record

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ISBN : MSU:31293011645201
Genre : Law
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