The Unwatched Life Is Not Worth Living: The Elevation of the Ordinary in Celebrity Culture

  title={The Unwatched Life Is Not Worth Living: The Elevation of the Ordinary in Celebrity Culture},
  author={Joshua Gamson},
  journal={PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America},
  pages={1061 - 1069}
  • J. Gamson
  • Published 1 October 2011
  • History
  • PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
When my first daughter was born a few years ago, I entered a celebrity news blackout, a somewhat discomfiting condition for a sociologist of celebrity. When she entered preschool, though, I resubscribed to Us Weekly and devoured its morsels like a starving man at McDonald's: Kim Kardashian and her then-boyfriend ate at Chipotle on their first date! Ashton Kutcher was mad about his neighbor's noisy construction! Lindsay Lohan is back in rehab! I felt less disconnected from others, comforted by… 
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