By R. Penfold-Mounce
Within the twenty first century celebrities and big name tradition prospers. This book explores the much famous yet little analyzed courting among megastar and crime. Criminals who turn into celebrities and celebrities who develop into criminals are tested, drawing on Foucault's concept of governance.
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Extra resources for Celebrity Culture and Crime: The Joy of Transgression
The spectacular quality of individuality enacted by celebrity works to ‘reinforce the conception that there are no barriers in contemporary culture that the individual cannot overcome’ (Marshall, 1997: 246). : 247). Instead, the public sphere has become the site elevated as the arena where dramatic personality and style inscribe distinction, attract popular attention and provide meaning which is commodiﬁed and thus consumable. : 247). The blurring of public and private via the media that helps form celebrity culture is further aided, according to Rojek (2001), by three Celebrity, Fame and Culture 27 processes being experienced in Western society.
The celebration of crime in celebrity culture embodies the depreciation of greatness, that heroism as a route for well-knownness is becoming ruined. New foundations are being laid in understanding and experience of morality and ethics where hedonistic enjoyment and pleasure dominate. Therefore, artiﬁcial superﬁciality combined with spectacle is the new non-great heroism in celebrity culture where viewers expect to be entertained, to enjoy the few. As Cashmore (2006: 55) asserts, although admitting this is overly simplistic, it has taken only ‘Our change from hero-worshippers to idolators of images … to complete the transition to celebrity culture’.
Atwood ponders upon the spectacle of celebrated criminality through Grace, who states, the reason they want to see me is that I am a celebrated murderess … they say Celebrated Singer and Celebrated Poetess and Celebrated Spiritualist and Celebrated Actress, but what is there to celebrate about murder? : 22) Through the voice of Grace, Atwood explores the irony of the celebration of criminality which has made a woman into a spectacle of horror, fear and disgust. It is interesting to note that not only is Grace watched in the book by other characters, she is also watched by the reader, who can view her through the pages.
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