American Idolatry: Celebrity, Commodity and Reality Television

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ISBN-13: 978-0786448241
ISBN-10: 0786448245
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"this study is a serious take on what the program and the celebrities it creates suggest about American society and culture"--Communication Booknotes Quarterly; "thoroughly researched and in-depth"--Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies.

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The popular definition characterizes celebrity as a product of manufacture rather than merit. If fame is taken to represent the recognition of achievement, then modern celebrity, in contrast, must be based on something other than achievement, for celebrity and fame are not the same thing. This book explores the process by which celebrity is created, using the first seven seasons of Fox Television's American Idol as a framework for analysis of how celebrity is defined, generated, nurtured, and intensified.

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  • Paperback : 232 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0786448245
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0786448241
  • Publisher : McFarland (January 18, 2010)
  • Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.53 x 9 inches
  • Language: : English
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