Celebri-spiral™: Enough Already

Our culture is in a celebri-spiral. We're conflicted over our ridiculous, growing celebrity culture consumption via magazines, websites, and TV shows. In 2007, my love/hate conflict made me take to the blog-o-sphere. All writing on this site © Dave Singleton 2009.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

May 10, 2007: Wikipedia and Celebrity Culture

Have you seen the wikipedia entry for celebrity culture? It's so encompassing and polarizing a topic that it's hard to define.

But I like this excerpt about the rise of celebrity culture:

One possible explanation of this trend is that an artificial importance has been created in order to promote a product or a service, rather than to record a purely biographical event. As more new products are launched in a world market that is constantly expanding, the need for more celebrities has become an industry in itself.

Another explanation, used by Chuck Palahniuk, is that this exaggeration of modern celebrity culture is created out of a need for drama and spectacle. In the book Haunted, he describes the pattern of creating a celebrity as a god-like figure, and once this image is created, the desire to destroy it and shame the individual in the most extreme ways possible. Tabloid magazines are the prototype example of this theory.

2 Comments:

Blogger Lisa said...

When I am confused, Wikipedia is always there for me. Which is to say, often.

Is there anything it doesn't know?

Thursday, May 10, 2007 3:53:00 PM  
Anonymous ivan said...

Makes sense to me.

Thursday, May 10, 2007 6:47:00 PM  

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