Bayam.2007.MTVs Coverage of the 2004 Presidential Election

She travels the country interviewing a wide variety

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Unformatted text preview: asserts her credibility in personal terms. On the topic of domestic abuse, she says ‘‘I know domestic violence can happen in any family, because it happened in mine.’’ That is illustrated by a clip from her music video dramatizing her personal experiences with domestic violence. Then, during her interview with a young woman who had left an abusive relationship, she tells the interviewee that is a struggle ‘‘which I know about coming from my own domestic abusive past, so I know how that whole process goes.’’ Finally, she concludes the program noting, ‘‘after my trip home I understand more than ever just how much the government touches the most intimate aspects of my personal life.’’ Authorized by her celebrity expertise, Aguilera offers a journalistic discourse of equal parts fact and affect, of objective information grounded in subjective engagement. Drew Barrymore: Sympathetic Credibility If Aguilera’s celebrity persona translates into bounded expertise, Drew Barrymore provides a strikingly different model of the journalist-celebrity in her film The Best Place to Start , which explores youth alienation from politics. She travels the country interviewing a wide variety of people, including lawmakers, comedians, civil rights activists, and highschool kids running for student government. Making no claim to expertise, Barrymore instead presents herself as the embodiment of the politically disaffected youth. Appearing on the TRL program, she says she is ‘‘honored’’ her film will be shown on MTV, because ‘‘we watch this’’ * ‘‘we as young people’’ that is, ‘‘our generation.’’ Making her representative identity clear, she urges the audience to vote, because if they do, they can force politicians to ‘‘talk to you on your level * a level that I certainly want to be spoken to.’’ Barrymore of course is authorized to appear on TRL , to make her film, and to speak for a generation because of her celebrity status. The film, however, largely tries to elide her celebrity persona and instead crafts her subject position as that of the ‘‘everygirl.’’ Early in the fil...
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2014 for the course ARTEDUC 2367.03 taught by Professor Tiffanylewis during the Spring '14 term at Ohio State.

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