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The Resource Starstruck : the business of celebrity, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

Starstruck : the business of celebrity, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

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Starstruck : the business of celebrity
Title
Starstruck
Title remainder
the business of celebrity
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Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
Title variation
Business of celebrity
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Subject
Language
eng
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Review
  • Currid-Halkett (The Warhol Economy) takes a tasty subject and rehashes it into sawdust in her repetitive study of celebrity. She dissects the “collective fascination with some people over others,” postulating that our preference for watching television and surfing the Internet over actual engagement has created a public “lonelier than ever” but with free, instant access to indulge our “voyeuristic tendencies.” Analyzing the appeal of personalities as disparate as Paris Hilton and Bill Gates, she concludes unremarkably that celebrity has little to do with talent or fame, but with an unquantifiable “light” recognized and exploited by those whose livelihoods depend on star-based revenue, including the media. Having made this point, the remainder of the book is reiteration, supported with diagrams and tables that seem unnecessary in supporting the incontrovertible conclusion that “celebrity ultimately hinges on whether we decide to pay attention or not.” A glimmer of interest flares on the penultimate page of the book, when Currid-Halkett observes that, “on the whole many of us care far more about Aniston’s latte than the thousands being murdered in Sudan,” a more puzzling phenomenon that could have proved a more promising focus. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed August 30, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 34, p)
  • Intriguing, readable critical analysis of celebrity and our cultural obsession with fame. By tackling America's current condition of free-news oversaturation and ubiquitous fixation with celebrities, Currid-Halkett (Policy, Planning, and Development/Univ. of Southern California; The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art and Music Drive New York City, 2007) asks how much celebrity-dominated airwaves, newspapers, magazines and conversations distract us from more meaningful issues. "[O]n the whole," she writes, "many of us care far more about [Jennifer] Aniston's latte than the thousands being murdered in Sudan." The author backs up her case by citing solid studies, interviews and statistics—including the number of times a celebrity is photographed in a year, or how many events he/she attends—all of which she weaves together with accessible language while maintaining narrative momentum. She defines celebrity as the phenomenon of society valuing certain individuals for reasons that outweigh—or are entirely unrelated to—their talent. It's this key difference, she argues, between how much attention should be paid to someone (due to their talent) and how much attention is actually given, that accounts for "celebrity residual." This is most likely to show up in the fields of entertainment, sports and politics. More than anything else, people respond to visual stimuli, which, to a large extent, explains Paris Hilton's camera-friendly rise to become the "ultimate celebrity." There's also the relatively recent sphere of reality-TV stars, like the Gosselins or Kardashians—talentless people who captured the public's interest. Celebrity permeates every level of society, and Currid-Halkett deftly tracks how this democratic celebrity—of both mainstream stars as well as, say, the local high-school quarterback or an incessantly updating Facebook friend—reveals how the world is organized. She looks at the economics, accounting for all the money made by photographing celebrities, and the roots and duration of stardom. The book raises surprisingly uncomfortable questions, including why society is so invested in people who, for all intents and purposes, could be fictional characters for how little impact they have on our reality. Approachable and thorough.(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2010)
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1978-
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Currid-Halkett, Elizabeth
Dewey number
306.4
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BJ1470.5
LC item number
.C87 2010
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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the business of celebrity
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Starstruck : the business of celebrity, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [243]-288) and index
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Contents
Celebrity today -- The celebrity residual : the inexplicable brew of talent, fame, and celebrity -- The relative celebrity (or, The biggest star you never heard of) -- Inside the star machine : celebrity as industry -- How to become a star : the celebrity network -- Whatever you do, don't go to Vegas : the geography of stardom -- The economics of the celebrity residual -- The democratic celebrity -- The future of celebrity
Control code
792894
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
310 pages
Isbn
9780865479098
Lccn
2010014393
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unmediated
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illustrations
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(Sirsi) i9780865479098
Label
Starstruck : the business of celebrity, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [243]-288) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Celebrity today -- The celebrity residual : the inexplicable brew of talent, fame, and celebrity -- The relative celebrity (or, The biggest star you never heard of) -- Inside the star machine : celebrity as industry -- How to become a star : the celebrity network -- Whatever you do, don't go to Vegas : the geography of stardom -- The economics of the celebrity residual -- The democratic celebrity -- The future of celebrity
Control code
792894
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
310 pages
Isbn
9780865479098
Lccn
2010014393
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780865479098

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