Synopses & Reviews
This book looks at the evolution and impact of celebrity politics in the United States. It discusses how closely intertwined the worlds of politics and Hollywood have become, how celebrityhood pervades the political process—from campaigns and elections to governing, lobbying, and legislating, and the long-term implications of this trend. Chapter topics cover media image-makers, the money machine, the celebrity presidency, activist celebrities, sports politicos, satire: the downside of celebrityhood, and public evaluations of the celebrity regime. For anyone interested in the politics and pop culture of America.
"Celebrity Politics has a great set of authors and the topic would be appropriate for undergraduate courses in American politics and in international relations." Kelly Patterson, Brigham Young University
"This is a nice book for courses on politics and popular culture/film/TV; such courses seem to be growing in number and popularity at universities nationwide." Christine Day, University of New Orleans
Table of Contents
1. The Evolution of Celebrityhood.
2. Media Image-Makers.
3. The Money Machine.
4. The Celebrity Presidency.
5. Activist Celebrities.
6. Sports Politicos.
7. Satire: The Downside of Celebrityhood.
8. Public Evaluations of the Celebrity Regime.
9. Heroes, Fools, and Villains in Celebrity Politics.