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Media and the Rise of Celebrity Culture

Mass Comm, Semester 2

Nina Rupert

on 11 February 2013

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Transcript of Media and the Rise of Celebrity Culture

NOW? 1800's Late 1900's Late 1900's Early 2000's Anti-Thesis & Synthesis How the first icons were seen: -Man of the people
-Symbol of honesty and trust
-Strong sense of duty
-Representative men
-Men of family and respect
-Captains of their industry How icons are now seen: -Fashionable
-On a good show/have a good song
-Well known
-Different Thesis By the mid-twentieth century the pedestal for self definition no longer belonged to politicians and generals, instead it belonged to baseball players and movie stars. This shift was wrought by the communications evolution in the late 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. Synthesis Anti-Thesis The pedestal for self-definition has not changed, the communications revolution did not switch the pedestal from politicians and generals to movie stars and baseball players. Who do you, or someone you know, look to for self-definition or inspiration? Why? Audrey Hepburn VS Paris Hilton What Changed? Media became a way to get information quick and easily, so we no longer rely on wise words of strong independent people, we listen to those who's words and fashion styles are widely spread throughout magazines, television, and eventually on our cellphones, and internet. "well knownness" - authors term Media and the Rise of Celebrity Culture A+ Discussion Questions:

1. Do you believe icons of the past were better icons than the ones of today's society? Why or why not?
2. Do you think media has changed our values in who to look up to?
3. Do you think there is a way for us to look up to more influential people? Media and the Rise of Celebrity Culture
By: Amy Henderson Article Written by Amy Henderson By: Nina Rupert
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