American Idolatry: Celebrity, Commodity and Reality Television (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Jan 18, 2010 - Performing Arts - 232 pages
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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.
  

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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. 

Contents

Introduction
1
I Ideas and Cabbages
15
II Dude I Met Elway
47
III JayZ Is One of Us Only Not
73
IV When Someones Down on the Floor Kick Them
101
V Whats a Ballsy?
115
VI Youve Got the X Factor
126
VII Sugarfoot and Babyface
136
IX Why Is She Special?
154
X Are You Drunk?
164
XI I Want to Break Free
173
XII Look at This Im Unique
178
Chapter Notes
201
Bibliography
207
Index
217
Copyright

VIII Wear the Least Amount of Clothes Possible
148

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About the author (2010)

Christopher E. Bell is an assistant professor of communication and the director of the Center for Excellence in Communication at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He is the founding area chair of the Harry Potter Studies area in the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association.

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