Fame, celebrity, wannabe

This is a series of blog posts about Fame and the Celebrity industry. In the coming months I’m looking to blog about related topics pretty extensively (extensively from my perspective which means probably a few times).

I’m starting with a few videos I’m watching to crack the shell on this topic. I’ve been asked to deconstruct Oscars Dresses in my Celebrity studies course at Uni (university for the international viewers) and I’m not sure where to start.

Some of my warm-up YouTube videos for exploring fame and celebrity culture:

Richard Dyer

My first readings were from Richard Dyer.

Here is a random person summarising some of his ideas

This was interesting too. Here is Richard Dyer doing what he does recently

Sellebrity (a documentary)

Celebrity photographer Kevin Mazur gives an all access pass to life behind the velvet rope and in front of the camera.

 

Sean Redmond

Perth CMCS Conference Keynote, Sean Redmond, discusses David Bowie’s identity and cameos.

Celebrity and Politics

Celebrity in Chief: A History of the Presidents and the Culture of Stardom

Fame and the American Dream

Famous in America: Celebrity Culture and the American Dream

Then I’m not sure if I am any closer to offering anything intelligent about Oscars dresses yet apart from they look nice, but it is only early days.

Good on Famous Celebrities making money for their talents because of “who they wear”. Better than the early days when the names of women actors were suppressed to avoid paying them more.

Of course, there are talent deficient  Celebrities too who take advantage of the idea that all you need is good PR and some spin – Donald Trump

Is fame simply the subjective part of the measurable (objective form) of celebrity?

Bad Paparazzi – these are (mostly) talented humans performers with real skills and a  particular perspective. Not merely media constructs.

It seems there is a bit of a political culture about attacking celebrity and Hollywood as a whole which dates back to Roosevelt, and beyond.

 

Stay tuned for more posts…..

 

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