The Cultural Politics of Celebrity

  title={The Cultural Politics of Celebrity},
  author={Philip Drake and A. Miah},
  journal={Cultural Politics: An International Journal},
  • P. Drake, A. Miah
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • Cultural Politics: An International Journal
[Extract:] Celebrities are a ubiquitous aspect of contemporary Western culture. Although the phenomenon of celebrity itself predates the twentieth century, the rise of the modern mass media – popular newspapers, cinema, radio, and television, and more recently the Internet and other digital communication technologies – has done much to promote and circulate public knowledge of celebrities during the last 100 years. The presence of multi-channel digital television, radio, and the World Wide Web… Expand
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