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

By R. Penfold-Mounce

Within the twenty first century celebrities and big name 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 turn into criminals are tested, drawing on Foucault's concept of governance.

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This means that there are no attempts at even portraying or imitating a heroic figure, but rather that the individual becomes well known for being themselves: for example, reality television celebrities such as Jeremy Spake from Airport and Maureen Rees from Driving School, both of whom gained well-knownness in the 1990s for being themselves. In celebrity culture, although the media promote the notion that greatness and heroes thrive, this is not necessarily an accurate reflection of the celebrities they purport to represent.

Foucault argued the existence of a power/knowledge relationship in society whereby a limited few with knowledge could exert powerful control over the many. Control exerted through the power/knowledge relationship, whether or not surveillance is taking place, is also applicable to the power of spectacle and celebrity. 32 Celebrity Culture and Crime That is to say, the power/knowledge relationship influences the public by feeding a spectacle of the few to the many who resonate, thus inspiring self-control and discipline.

26). It is possible to understand the 22 Celebrity Culture and Crime decline in heroes when crises wane. For example, at times of crisis, especially when home security is threatened, leaders gain intrinsic value, such as Roosevelt, Churchill, MacArthur and Montgomery, who stand out in history. Their status has an imperishable quality, with their reputations based on actions rather than reputations (Cashmore, 2006: 52). Meanwhile, heroic inventors and explorers are facing a decline in numbers and public interest, for After electricity, the internal combustion engine, television, the cure for tuberculosis, and gene therapy, what’s left to discover?

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