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12celebrity - The Celebrity System, part 1 The Celebrity...

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1 The Celebrity System, part 1 • Mind candy for insatiable cultural appetite? • October 21, 2010 The Celebrity System, part 1 • Mind candy or media creations? • October 21, 2010 S1M0NE • d. Andrew Niccol • 2002 Gattaca • Written by Andrew Niccol, 1998 The Truman Show • Written by Andrew Niccol, 1997 S1M0NE • d. Andrew Niccol • 2002 • What is Flm about?
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2 S1M0NE • d. Andrew Niccol • 2002 • What is flm about? – Gender stereotypes in media and Hollywood – that’s easy to see … – Art v. Commerce – Celebrity System, where virtual overtakes S1M0NE • d. Andrew Niccol • 2002 • What is flm about? – Gender stereotypes in media and Hollywood – Art v. Commerce – Celebrity System, where virtual overtakes the real. S1M0NE • d. Andrew Niccol • 2002 • What is flm about? – Gender stereotypes in media and Hollywood – Art v. Commerce – Celebrity System, where the virtual overtakes the real. S1M0NE • d. Andrew Niccol • 2002 The Truman Show – Real person in a “virtual world.” S1M0NE • d. Andrew Niccol • 2002 The Truman Show – Real person in a “virtual world” S1M0NE – Virtual person in the “real world” Why Celebrity? The celebrity system conFers and projects: – Fame – status – power – wealth – awe • … unless it sells!
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3 Why Celebrity? • the mass media, pop culture aristocracy … Why Celebrity? • “Answering/The Big Question” Why Celebrity? • Secular religion “Celebrities appear as gods in human form or simulacra …” (p. 69) Why Celebrity? • Secular religion “Celebrities are our myth bearers; carriers of the divine forces of good, evil, lust and redemption” (p. 68) Why Celebrity? • Secular religion “ … one of the mainstays of organization and belonging in secular society.” (p. 69) Why Celebrity? • Through a lens (and on screens) “Mediated two dimensional images becoming as important to us as real people” (p. 70) • More on this later in the powerpoint
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4 Why Celebrity? Serves capitalism and consumer society (pp. 73, 76) Democracy and individualism … (p. 74) Mirror or Mirage? Mirror or Mirage? We gaze upon the screens… But, what are we seeing? Media as a Map? • Hollywood and culture adapt to the technologies Media as a Map • a map overtaking the territory? Media as an Environment • central to our cultural environment
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5 Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? Who is this? • Simone Who is this? • Simone … • Or the actress who played Simone?
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6 Seeing celebrities when we see celebrities in the media … we implicitly think of the media as a mirror …. reFecting their image upon our screens.
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