Patt Morrison for November 23, 2010

Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity

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Faber and Faber

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett explores the cultural phenomenon of celebrity arguing that the desire to "celebrate" some people while excluding others has widespread social implications.

Did Brangelina adopt another child? What's the latest on Tiger Woods? President Obama is a smoker? The world's obsession with celebrity is no new thing, but why is it so widespread? What is it about movie stars, politicians, professional athletes, and other people of note that makes their lives so much more interesting than a run of the mill person's? In Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett explores the cultural phenomenon of celebrity arguing that the desire to "celebrate" some people while excluding others has widespread social implications including elevating and solidifying social strata and making or breaking careers and companies. Currid-Hackett examines celebrity, from the art world to Hollywood, tracing its impact on economics, geography, and networking.

Guest:

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, author of Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity; assistant professor of cultural economy at the USC School of Policy, Planning & Development


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