American Idolatry: Celebrity, Commodity and Reality Television (Google eBook)
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.
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As a student at university, I found this book immensely helpful towards my analysis of reification in modern society. Not only was the book intelligent, well-articulated and well-researched, it was also an enjoyable read with the occasional jot of humour - which can be a rare treat in academic writing.
I Ideas and Cabbages
II Dude I Met Elway
III JayZ Is One of Us Only Not
IV When Someones Down on the Floor Kick Them
V Whats a Ballsy?
VI Youve Got the X Factor
VII Sugarfoot and Babyface
VIII Wear the Least Amount of Clothes Possible