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The Celebrity industry in the media. Journalism & Society 17.11.16

November 17, 2016 in Journalism & Society

During our seminar this week we were attempting to define what a celebrity is. Its not necessarily a modern phenomenon. But some people would argue that mass media and the development of ‘star figures’ has evolved the idea of what exactly a celebrity is. Celebrities are associated with favourable public recognition and even sometimes, they are associated with unfavourable recognition. So when does the name ‘celebrity’ become beneign?

2d9786897-131125-m-obama-headshot-jsw-450p-today-inline-largeMichelle Obama.

First Lady of the president of the United States, writer and Lawyer.

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Stephan Hawking.

Physicist, Director of research in cosmology at the University of Cambridge.

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Osama Bin Laden.

Founder of Al Qaeda who claimed to be responsible for the September 11 New York terrorist attack as well as hundreds of other attacks worldwide.

All of these people are well known in modern society. They have all been in the media. Does that mean you’ll call all three of these people celebrities? What all these people have in common are that they have all been in the public’s eye. “It is not only about the collective of specific celebrities themselves, but also about the industry that produces them and the different commodities built around them that people consume, about the different meanings attached to celebrities, and about what people do and say in relation to celebrity.” (Mouton Page:115 Theorising celebrity cultures) 

Which brings me to my next point. To first define what a celebrity is, I believe you would have to look back at where a ‘celebrity’ is first created- which in my opinion, is in the Media. Media representation is the cement that creates the popularity of a certain person as it is how the ‘celebrity’ reaches the attention of the public’s eye. With this sort of power that the media industry has, they are capable of building up a person in a positive eye as well as capable of crushing a celebrities reputation through just one story. “Celebrities acquire so much honorific status and wealth that their downfall becomes a matter of public speculation and, on occasion, is even desired.” (Rojeck. 2001 page:79)

When discussing in the seminar, I came to the conclusion that journalists have a huge amount of power when it comes to celebrity culture and tabloid celebrity ‘juice’. Nowadays, the public are o easily shifted by the media that one article that bashes a certain person or even reveals something about a certain celebrity can completely change the way the public sees that celebrity. Whether it was true or not.

My point is that celebrity culture is a very manipulated industry and has been tainted by the likes of the Kardashian’s and Paris Hilton who have gained celebrity status just through the publics attention. Whatever the public finds interesting, the media will cover.

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