Celebrity and public persona

Marshall, P. David 2015, Celebrity and public personaOxford bibliographies in communication, Oxford University Press, New York, N.Y., pp.1-1, doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199756841-0159.

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Title Celebrity and public persona
Author(s) Marshall, P. DavidORCID iD for Marshall, P. David orcid.org/0000-0002-0418-4447
Title of book Oxford bibliographies in communication
Publication date 2015
Series Oxford Bibliographies
Start page 1
End page 1
Total pages 1
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of Publication New York, N.Y.
Summary Research on celebrity and public persona derives from fundamentally interdisciplinary sources. Although at its core, the study of public personality has been the object of investigations by those more closely associated with media and communication, the key disciplines of sociology, cultural studies, literary studies, political science, social psychology, and even anthropology and history have been part of its analysis. Celebrity identifies the “extra-textual” dimensions of the famous, in which the lives of the renowned are followed, read, and reported. It is a public celebration of individuality that is (but not exclusively) connected to consumer culture and democratic capitalism. Through these larger cultural tropes celebrity has had its strongest affiliations with the contemporary entertainment industries, particularly in terms of how they are covered by the media and the press for further value beyond the cultural forms that are often the origins of stardom—the public individual’s performances in fields such as film, television, sport, and popular music. Celebrity is a site of celebration and derogation in any culture: these public individuals are truly exalted and given a status beyond others, but they are also ridiculed for their believed-to-be unearned credentials for having such a public platform and voice. Moreover, the study of celebrity and public persona is also an investigation into the connection between the populace and these public personalities, where parasocial relations most evident in fandom identify how celebrities embody audiences with an affective connection that is truly powerful in contemporary culture. That power of embodiment and connection that celebrities possess is subsequently exploited by the media industries to promote and sell new connected cultural products. Identifying celebrities as part of a spectrum of public personas links the study of celebrity to the investigation of the celebrated and famed in a variety of professions and fields well beyond entertainment. Thus, the term persona is used in these studies of public personalities to acknowledge the mask that is deployed to present a public version of the self for this external consumption and reading by an audience, a collective, a network, a nation, a citizenry, or a community. Research into public personas has led to related studies of political leadership, self-branding, notoriety in business, and reputation management, and research delves into the presentation of the public self by greater portions of the populace in online cultures. Celebrity and public persona is a field in which research aims to investigate the significance and meaning of various versions of the public self in both contemporary culture and historically.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/OBO/9780199756841-0159
Field of Research 200104 Media Studies
200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category D1 Major review
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