From the talented to the simply over exposed, celebrities feed the media machine with a display of wealth, scandal and glamour, fuelling our endless fascination with the intimate details of other people’s lives, loves and foibles. Personal fame through media exposure has become the idea of a successful life. What does celebrity say about the society and culture we live in, our personal aspirations and hopes, the relationship between private and public life?
The issue includes a discussion on Reality TV; an analysis of the Blair family’s celebrity status; a debate about intimacy; a look at cult TV fan cultures; and what it means when pop stars ‘can’t act’.
Contributors: Anita Biressi, Kay Dickinson, Jeremy Gilbert, Matt Hills, Jo Littler, Heather Nunn, Oscar Reyes