Bettymania and the Death of Celebrity Culture

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1
Resource Type
Text : Journal article
Creator
  • Kahan, Jeffrey
Collective Title
  • Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung. Supplement
    No. 32 (2019)
Publication Date
2019-12
Embargo End Date
2020-06-04
Publication Place
Cologne
Contributor
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (Editor)
Publisher
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Language
English
Free Keywords
Celebrity Culture; fame; regency theater; reality TV; Donald Trump; Madonna; Bettymania
Description
  • Abstract

    In this article, I want to revisit the topic, not because Bettymania matches our present reality but, rather, to measure our present paradigm against its originator. Whatever new era we now occupy, it can no longer be accurately dubbed “celebrity-driven.” Given that our airwaves are saturated with reality TV and YouTube navel gazing, that Facebook has now turned everyone into an expert on personal branding and self-promotion, and that, in America, we have a celebrity as our commander-in-chief, this argument may strike many as wrongheaded; but, to a large extent, what we meant by celebrity culture and the rules that we affixed to it, no longer apply. A study of Bettymania may well offer us some understanding of celebrity culture, but the inception of that culture now seems trivial compared to its date of expiration, which, I argue, occurred the moment Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.
  • Series Information

    Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung. Supplement No. 32 (2019): Celebrity’s Histories: Case Studies and Critical Perspectives.

    Starting Point and Frequency: Year: 1988, Issues per volume: 1, Volumes per year: 1

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    ISSN: 0936-6784
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    URL: https://www.gesis.org/en/hsr/current-issues/2019/suppl-32-celebritys-histories
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Update Metadata: 2020-02-18 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2019-12-05