Posted in March 2013

Fall of the Rockstar

Although Buxton’s piece was written 30 years ago, the predictions that he made about the fall of the rock star where surprisingly relevant to the fall of the rock star that is happening today, although they are in a slightly different context than what he stated in his theories.   The point that he makes … Continue reading

What do they do?

I remember watching The Cosby Show with my family when I was little. The Cosby family seemed like a genuinely happy family. I didn’t realize that it was just a TV show then, because it just seemed so REAL. Just like my dad, Dr. Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby) was this strict, serious, but often times, … Continue reading

The Celebrity Hierarchy

Film and television stars now-a-days are not as differentiated as they used to be. As Bennett and Holmes described in their paper, television stars used to be looked at as the lesser of the two celebrities. Television stars used to be looked at specifically and negatively. As the media has grown and more celebrities are … Continue reading

Ordinary and Authentic Nature or Not?

Television stars and film stars share the same covers of magazines, yet there is a very large distinction between the two. Television stars are usually not given the credit that is due to them because often times they are seen as “TV personalities” instead of as true stars. Because of their ordinary nature portrayed on … Continue reading

Real, Authentic Sex Scandals

While there are both many differences and many similarities between film stars and television stars, one of the biggest differences is that television plays such a role in the “demystification of the famous”. This quote from ‘The ‘place’ of television in celebrity studies’ by James Bennett and Su Holmes does a great job at summing up how … Continue reading

TV Stars: Why I’m In Love With Norman Reedus aka Daryl Dixon

According to James Bennett, Dyer states that film stars are derived from the paradox of their simultaneous ordinariness and unattainability. Contrariwise television stars are derived from their ordinariness and their seeming attainability. Two aspects of the televisual persona differ from the film star: authenticity and intimacy. First, there is an authenticity associated with television personalities, … Continue reading

TV Stars and how we identify with them

In class, we have previously discussed how audiences identify with film stars. I would argue that TV also encourages a similar identification with TV stars and that this identification is actually more intimate than that of film stars. Although we are college students and often have little time for anything else besides homework, most of … Continue reading

You Mean They’re Not The Same Person??

There are two incredibly strong, southern women I model my life after. The first, from the film The Blind Side, is Mrs. Leigh Anne Tuohy, played by Sandra Bullock. The second has been my idol for years, Tami Taylor of the tv show Friday Night Lights, played by Connie Britton. I confess, I fancy myself … Continue reading

Underwear that makes you like Mike

Every time I am forced to make the awkward trek to Wal-Mart to restock on some new underwear there is never a time that Michael Jordan’s face does not pop into my mind.  Since retiring from the NBA, the king himself has become the face of Hanes underwear.  Men around the world choose and embrace … Continue reading