Celebrity Culture and Crime: The Joy of Transgression by R. Penfold-Mounce

By R. Penfold-Mounce

Within the twenty first century celebrities and star tradition prospers. This book explores the much famous yet little analyzed courting among famous person and crime. Criminals who develop into celebrities and celebrities who develop into criminals are tested, drawing on Foucault's thought of governance.

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The deceptive ability of the culture industry through false consciousness and false need has become both a means and an end with its true interests being obscured and hidden behind a veil of gratification and entertainment. This veil is embodied by celebrity and celebrity culture, which has emerged from the culture industry and embodies many of the same controlling traits. In a society dominated by the projection of false need, individuals are an object of calculation and control in which ‘the customer is not king, as [the culture industry] would have us believe, not its subject but its object’ (Adorno, 1991: 85).

36 Celebrity Culture and Crime In the next chapter a more detailed analysis is conducted of the role of the culture industry in order to elaborate further on the structural support of celebrity and celebrity culture and to propose its relationship with decentralized control. It examines the fact that the public know they are part of the process, yet are not sure which part or how the process works, and that despite being aware of celebrity culture there remains ignorance of when, where and why it came into being.

25–6), which Grace finds both intriguing and bewildering. 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.

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