Decoding Celebrity: the hidden order of famous lives Christopher Wilson

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Published: September 3rd 2013

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95 pages


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Decoding Celebrity: the hidden order of famous lives  by  Christopher Wilson

Decoding Celebrity: the hidden order of famous lives by Christopher Wilson
September 3rd 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 95 pages | ISBN: | 7.33 Mb

This book gives an original and incisive analysis of celebrity culture. Drawing on Psychology, Semiotics and Anthropology, the account shows how the celebrity system works, how it selects its members, shapes their identities, and encourages them toMoreThis book gives an original and incisive analysis of celebrity culture.

Drawing on Psychology, Semiotics and Anthropology, the account shows how the celebrity system works, how it selects its members, shapes their identities, and encourages them to live out their lives as myths and dramas.The book identifies the celebrity system as an equal-opportunities employer that needs to recruit the long and the short, the fat and the thin, the beautiful and the ugly, the brilliant and the stupid, virtuosos and the untalented, the charming and the nasty.It answers a series of fundamental questions. Why are we so involved in the lives of celebrities?

Why are celebrities so over-representative of the sick, suicides, addicts, law-breakers and risk-takers?Why are celebrities so prone to ‘wardrobe-malfunctions’, so bad at getting dressed, and staying buttoned-up? Are celebrities all surface and little substance? Is it a handicap for a celebrity to have a distinct, pronounced personality?Why do so many celebrities film themselves having sex?

Don’t they get filmed enough at work? And how do these private sex-tapes so often find the light of day?Why do so many male country music singers have a history of early trauma, childhood poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse, serial divorce, fights with authority, multiple arrests and heart disease? Why do so many divas have a history of alcoholism, drug abuse, unfaithful or abusive partners, financial crises, mental illness and premature death?Is a sick celebrity more interesting to their public than a healthy one?

Is a dead celebrity more satisfying still? And why have so many rock-musicians died at the age of twenty-seven?



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