Celebrity/Stardom

Kollecting Kim K. Skills: Kardashianized Celebrity in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

July 25, 2014
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Kollecting Kim K. Skills: Kardashianized Celebrity in <i>Kim Kardashian: Hollywood</i>

In the mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the celebrity legitimizes her image while also propagating her brand by redefining fame as an accumulation of skills.
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Casey Kasem Signs Off (1932-2014)

June 17, 2014
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Casey Kasem Signs Off (1932-2014)

Casey Kasem helped put pop music in a context. In so doing, he provided a resource for listeners to recontextualize that music for themselves.
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On Kale, Transmedia, and Winning GISHWHES

May 23, 2014
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On Kale, Transmedia, and Winning GISHWHES

On winning GISHWHES (Greatest Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen), which enacts the fannish/digital ethos of playful creativity, experimentation, and community awareness in the world.
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Colbert’s Move to the Late Show

April 11, 2014
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Colbert’s Move to the Late Show

Risks, rewards, and a pair of empty shoes; how much can his political edge can he retain?
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Johnny Weir’s Divorce and the Burden of Representation

April 7, 2014
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Johnny Weir’s Divorce and the Burden of Representation

Johnny Weir's divorce challenges his status as one of the few openly gay American athletes, as well as the popular image of gay marriage and divorce in America.
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Inspiring Fans at LeakyCon Portland

August 7, 2013
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Inspiring Fans at LeakyCon Portland

Part 5 of a 7 part series on LeakyCon explores the ways fans and their creative labors influence the work of stars and producers of source texts.
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Fans and Stars and Starkids (LeakyCon Portland)

August 2, 2013
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Fans and Stars and Starkids (LeakyCon Portland)

Part 3 of a 7 part series on LeakyCon focuses on the production of fandom by the "Starkids" theater troupe as well as those fans who call themselves simply "Starkids."
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On Wearing Two Badges: Indifference and Discomfort of a Scholar Fan (LeakyCon Portland)

July 31, 2013
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On Wearing Two Badges: Indifference and Discomfort of a Scholar Fan (LeakyCon Portland)

Part 2 of a 7 part series on LeakyCon focuses on the struggles of being both an academic and a fan.
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vices?

June 7, 2013
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vices?

Casting news on Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' leads to a reflection on his past work, authorship, and his own inherent vices.
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The Deanna Durbin Cult

May 7, 2013
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The Deanna Durbin Cult

The figure of the recently passed Deanna Durbin (1921-2013) is fascinating today because of how it embodies a sensibility within stardom: the cult of the child star.
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“We Saw Your Misogyny”: The Oscars & Seth MacFarlane

February 27, 2013
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“We Saw Your Misogyny”: The Oscars & Seth MacFarlane

The controversy surrounding Seth MacFarlane's hosting of the 2013 Oscars offers an opportunity to have productive discussions about the role of the media in shaping ideology.
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The Face (and Laugh) that Launched a Thousand Bits

August 27, 2012
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The Face (and Laugh) that Launched a Thousand Bits

A farewell to Phyllis Diller from a reverent scholar-fan.
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Outing Anderson: Our Cultural Coming Out Imperative

July 5, 2012
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Outing Anderson: Our Cultural Coming Out Imperative

Anderson Cooper addressed his sexuality in a letter that demonstrates a new, old reason to come out: to break down invisibility and become a model for queer youth.
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