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‘Leaving Neverland’: How Michael Jackson Used Celebrity - The Atlantic
Americans might talk about celebrities as celestial forces, but celebrity is also, Jackson knew, a kind of infrastructure: an architectural fact around which other truths, whether art or talent or funding or the longings of the human soul, will assemble themselves.
architecture  celebrity  music  popmusic  documentary  movies  cinema  film  1980s  crime  entertainment 
7 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
After 30 Years, I Finally Went To A Barry Manilow Concert : The Record : NPR
I liked pop and didn't know to call it that. Liked pop and didn't know that me liking it is what in fact made it popular. I didn't know to articulate anything about pop phrasings, straightforward melodies and the crisp, bold enunciations that with some luck and a promo budget meant millions would request a song at radio, meant millions would purchase singles and albums and T-shirts and lunchboxes, would contribute to the radio/sales/tour/merchandise quadruped that, until the internet and "views" and "free," meant a song could gallop to the top, and be, in ways that are more elusive now, a really big show. An artist could reach the kind of places that are, as Jay-Z says, "higher than weather." I didn't know that Barry Manilow made himself as much as he was made. I didn't know he was raised by a single mother in (Williamsburg) Brooklyn. I didn't know what Brooklyn was.
music  1970s  hiphop  celebrity  memory 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Urge to Own That Clapton Guitar Is Contagious, Scientists Find - NYTimes.com
The most important factor seemed to be the degree of “celebrity contagion.” The Yale team found that a sweater owned by a popular celebrity became more valuable to people if they learned it had actually been worn by their idol. But if the sweater had subsequently been cleaned and sterilized, it seemed less valuable to the fans, apparently because the celebrity’s essence had somehow been removed.

“Our results suggest that physical contact with a celebrity boosts the value of an object, so people will pay extra for a guitar that Eric Clapton played, or even held in his hands,” said Paul Bloom, who did the experiments at Yale along with George E. Newman and Gil Diesendruck.
celebrity  music  rock  behavior  science  economics  money  design 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Web of Popularity, Achieved by Bullying - NYTimes.com
Using the maps, the researchers tracked the students most often accused of aggressive behavior. They found that increases in social status were associated with subsequent increases in aggression. But notably, aggressive behavior peaked at the 98th percentile of popularity and then dropped.

“At the very top you start to see a reversal — the kids in the top 2 percent are less likely to be aggressive,” Dr. Faris said. “The interpretation I favor is that they no longer need to be aggressive because they’re at the top, and further aggression could be counterproductive, signaling insecurity with their social position.

“It’s possible that they’re incredibly friendly and everybody loves them and they were never mean, but I’m not so convinced by that, because there are so many kids right behind them in the hierarchy who are highly aggressive.”
children  education  teenagers  status  attention  reputation  power  school  social  celebrity 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Why We Fight: Why We Fight #8
We can probably spend a minute thinking about all the things that might be lost without the model of the album as a coherent statement-- the same way we can worry about what happens if people rarely sit down for deep, focused engagement with something like a book. But you can't really deny that this ongoing-stream version of following music is a good match for how people experience life and consume information. It's actually the same vantage on pop music that's always been held-- by radio listeners, party regulars, mixtape shoppers, pop-chart followers, folks everywhere. Packets and bursts and narratives.
business  celebrity  hiphop  music  pop  attention  story  radio  life  information  books  presence 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Liza Fesses Up | Music | The Advocate
[...] “Every performer, if she’s good, will make you in the audience feel as if you know her. And the fact is, all you know is performance…. To a lot of people, Liza is a symbol. What she is to me, besides being somebody I love, is an immense talent. What other people choose to make of her—what the audience sees is what the audience needs to see. And what she really is and what all great performers are is a combination of supreme talent, discipline, hard work, self-criticism, all sorts of prosaic things that the people who watch her don’t like to deal with because it’s too boring.”

So if Liza’s never really thought about you, don’t take it personally. Her job isn’t to think about you. Her job is to make a self for you to think about. In fact, if she spent her time thinking about you, there would be no her for you to know. Instead of wondering what Liza thinks about her gay audience, wonder, How did she make that self—and how, in spite of everything, has she kept it?
media  music  identity  creativity  gay  celebrity  public  memory  psychology 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jezebel: The Day I Trailed A Paparazzo
"He comes out at eight," Wagner says. It's 7:45 am on Friday, and we're part of a small group gathered across the street from the apartment building where Michael Douglas lives. Everyone is a paparazzo except for me.
I'd been trying to shadow a paparazzo for a while, to get a behind-the-scenes look at the juggernaut of today's "celebrity" industry. When it comes to celebrity "news," more and more, paparazzi pictures — a candid image of a celebrity doing something — are all the "news" consists of. But how much do we know about where these images come from?
celebrity  photography  cities  media  power  story  magazines  from:karimamara 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Michael Koretzky: Working at the National Enquirer Is Just Like Working at Any Other Newspaper -- But Weirder
The system is simple: Attack celebrity stories with all the vigor of The Washington Post uncovering Watergate.

And it is good reporting. The Enquirer follows the paper trail -- I bet it requests more public documents on a monthly basis than most "respectable" newspapers in this country.

You don't have to like the National Enquirer. But if you're a journalist, you should appreciate the way it does things. Because it's very similar to the way you do things.
media  journalism  newspapers  celebrity  business  copyediting 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
What the Beatles Reveal About Fame - Newsweek
If Malcolm Gladwell is right, it was the 1,200 live gigs at strip clubs in Hamburg, Germany, that made the Beatles great. But as Doggett proves, it was the particularly corrosive nature of fame that not only broke them up, but made it impossible for them to be in the same room. They never seriously considered getting the band back together, despite offers that hovered at about $1 billion.
music  beatles  design  essay  history  1960s  business  celebrity  happiness 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Aimee Mann clicks into a disturbed world | The Japan Times Online
"I'm always interested in the same thing," she says. "I like to write about messed up people who have relationships where the dynamic is strange. People are interesting, and most are fairly disturbed. I don't know anybody who you would call well adjusted. I know people who are flawed and who are trying to improve, and I applaud that." [...]

"I have a lot of compassion for people," she says briskly. "It's not easy being a person. I even feel sorry for giant celebrities. I think it's a tougher gig than people give them credit for." [...]

"I like to write in the first person but from somebody else's point of view," she explains. "How would it feel to be doing what they're doing, or feeling what they're feeling? The best way to do that is to figure out how you are alike. Maybe you take a person who you think isn't like you and it's not your story, and you start telling their story and discover the part of it that is your story."
songwriting  japan  music  livemusic  attention  writing  creativity  story  celebrity  psychology  relationships 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Seattle Post Globe: Confessions of a former online producer
I, like most bloggers and formerly employed journalists, am now writing for free, and that is not a sustainable social model for finding, investigating and sharing information about the powerful, the greedy and the downtrodden.

Unless local users conscientiously seek and support local substantive journalism with money, real local news will continue to be spotty at best, barely afloat in a sea of nearly-naked celebs.
newspapers  postpaper  afterpaper  seattle  washingtonstate  online  celebrity  local  media  journalism 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate.com: TV, radio, Web ad revenue taking big hit
"People are increasingly wanting a strong connection with the person delivering them the news. We are talking about the Oprah-ization or the Ellen-ization of the news," Copeland said.

"There is incredible brand loyalty on these sites," Copeland said. "Facebook is great. But people don't have a loyalty to Facebook. They have a loyalty to their friends who are on Facebook."
social  facebook  tv  cable  twitter  marketing  friendship  socialnetworking  news  media  journalism  newspapers  radio  celebrity  communication  business 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Rihanna beating photo: Can public handle ugly truth? - Los Angeles Times
Establishment media outlets had a much more negative, or at best ambivalent, reaction to the picture. Part of that stemmed from a legitimate concern about verifying the source of the photo and whether it accurately reflected the singer's injuries.
photography  news  newspapers  media  journalism  music  ethics  crime  celebrity  reputation  violence  public 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Existential Clown - The Atlantic (December 2008)
To quote Martin Buber: “The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable."
movies  film  cinema  identity  humor  criticism  comedy  philosophy  celebrity  acting 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Guest Columnist - Typing Without a Clue - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com
There was a time when I wanted to be like Sting, the singer, belting out, “Roxanne ...” I guess that’s why we have karaoke, for fantasy night. If only there was such a thing for failed plumbers, politicians or celebrities who think they can write.
writing  books  language  publishing  mccain  politics  music  celebrity  culture  business 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
williamlobdell.com: Why the Internet isn’t friendly to newspapers
"[...] Both The Times and Register devote tremendous resources to provide readers with in-depth reporting from around the world. But do today’s readers care? I would argue that they would rather read commentary (the reason why the Huffington Post has been so successful) and celebrity and crime news. [...]"
newspapers  media  journalism  celebrity  crime  reading  reputation 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Hollywood Webmasters Dish On Celebrity Web Sites -- Web Sites -- InformationWeek
"An IT job that involves keeping tabs on Hollywood gossip as much as Web site uptime, search engine optimization keywords, and traffic metrics? That's what Keith Stern has. [...]"
technology  online  media  celebrity  web  blogging  hollywood  movies  cinema  film 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
About Face: How Plastic Surgery Can Give an Older Woman the Face of a Baby -- New York Magazine
"When I tell her that making the face bigger or 'fatter' seems counterintuitive, she says, 'I know, that’s why no one was doing it twenty years ago.' 'How did you figure it out?' I ask. 'Because I was doing lipo and I don’t like to throw anything away.'"
beauty  women  youth  children  nyc  magazine  art  aesthetics  aging  identity  celebrity  medicine  fashion  health  culture  gender  feminism  surgery 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Lesbian chic - Times Online
"Love is not a lifestyle option. Love is a beautiful, happy accident between two people, no matter what their gender. "
love  relationships  celebrity  gender  feminism 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Hit comedian: 'I don't really know what I'm doing' - CNN.com
"Getting known, I think, can be really dangerous to people. I think I'm too smart to get weighed down by that. Somebody said to me once -- I may have come up with this, I can't remember -- 'I want to be so famous I never tell the truth again.' "
comedy  humor  identity  celebrity 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
How We Met: Jim McCarthy & Jah Wobble - Regulars, The New Review - The Independent
"I worked for London Underground for a few months. I loved driving a Tube. Once I got on the PA system during rush hour and said: 'I used to be somebody. I repeat, I used to be somebody.'"
transit  celebrity  music  uk  london  recovery  rock  identity 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
From Media Darlings to Public Enemy No. 1 in Five Years or Less - Advertising Age - The Media Guy
"They were, it seemed, self-actualized mavericks who'd thrown off (or never even taken on) the shackles of media-conglomerate overlords. They were gutsy, outspoken, fearless, funny -- the polar opposite of the MSM."
media  criticism  celebrity  blogs  blogging  marketing  online 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
So Much for the Information Age - Chronicle.com
"Despite their BlackBerrys, cellphones, and Wi-Fi, they are, in their own way, as isolated as the remote tribes of New Guinea. They disprove the notion that technology fosters engagement, that connectivity and community are synonymous."
college  community  education  information  internet  journalism  technology  newspapers  media  usa  identity  celebrity 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
globeandmail.com: 'It's about launching a conversation'
"These really not simply amazing people but people either through their actions or through what they were caught up in, not only helped shape the country ... but became a kind of mirror of the country, an explanation for ourselves."
celebrity  canada  identity  television 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Atlantic Online | April 2008 | Shooting Britney | David Samuels
"Happier, wealthier, wildly more beautiful, partying harder, driving better cars, they live the lives that the rest of us can only dream about, until the party ends and we are confirmed in our belief that it is better, after all, not to be them."
celebrity  hollywood  internet  media  photography  beauty  identity  magazines  journalism 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
In the Drama of Britney Spears, a Show Business Fortune Is at Risk - New York Times
“My gut feeling is people will still want to be associated with her. Everyone thinks there’s going to be a comeback at some point. You could mention her name in Afghanistan, Israel, Greece or South Africa, and everyone knows who she is. You can’t bu
celebrity  economics  reputation  identity  marketing 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Crunchy Con - Rod Dreher, Conservative blog, Beliefnet conservative politics and religion blog
"Beyond whether or not people like me will continue to be employed, there's the question of: what kind of society and polity will we have when most people don't care about serious news, and prefer instead to focus on sports and celebrities?"
class  journalism  newspapers  media  identity  society  celebrity  sports 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Fiction: Frank Sinatra Has A Cold - Esquire
"Just before the light turned green, Sinatra turned toward her, looked directly into her eyes waiting for the reaction he knew would come. It came and he smiled. She smiled and he was gone."
books  celebrity  journalism  music  writing  1950s  1960s  magazines 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Jonathan Selwood - Lessons from a Hollywood Youth
"The world is going to hell around you, but then again, the world is always going to hell around you when you live in Hollywood — earthquakes, wildfires, mudslides, Paris Hilton. You might as well break out the wine."
wine  celebrity  hollywood  youth  losangeles  california  earthquake  fire  identity 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Sometimes Mothers Can Do No Right - New York Times
"[W]e get these class stereotypes [...] What Britney Spears evokes is this whole down-market, ‘trailer trash’ upbringing. Paris evokes the opposite — very rich parents who spoil their kids rotten and set no boundaries."
women  parenting  children  celebrity  identity  class  media 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Beautiful People, The Uglier The Better
"What’s more the consumers of the resulting plays, movies, video projects and photographs — that’s us — are not primarily looking to be entertained or transported. We’re just looking for data, more and more data, the more raw the better."
celebrity  beauty  hollywood  photography  social  information  story  media  blogging 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Hey, Adrift and Famous? Do A Celebreality Show!
"Are the producers destroying the celebrities? Are the celebrities destroying themselves? And why are all their best friends not protecting them?"
celebrity  cable  television  media  story  identity 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 100-91 - Rec Room - The Phoenix
"To see who else made the unkindest cut, click below to get started. We advise, however, that you wait at least half an hour after eating your last meal, just to be safe."
humor  sex  men  beauty  aesthetics  celebrity  film  cinema  music  comedy 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Tabloid Princess
“She was way ahead of her contemporaries in foreseeing a world where celebrity was, so to speak, the coin of the realm. An aristocrat herself, Diana knew that the aristocracy of birth was now irrelevant."
uk  media  photography  celebrity  identity  television  newspapers  marketing 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Anna Nicole Smith Dies at 39
“I love the paparazzi. They take pictures, and I just smile away. I’ve always liked attention. I didn’t get it very much growing up, and I always wanted to be, you know, noticed.”
obituary  obituaries  florida  death  celebrity  photography 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Norah Jones, Now In Her Own Words
“I think I just never interested people that way in the beginning. I don’t think I’m that boring, but I think, to an outsider ‘O.K., she’s in a stable relationship, she’s not a drug addict. She wears clothes, she wears underwear.'"
music  songwriting  identity  celebrity 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Observer: High brow French develop a taste for kiss-and-tell celebrity gossip
"When the dramatic production of your life and relationships and marriage, like that of Sarkozy, becomes an essential ingredient of your political identity, then that really is 'peopolisation.'"
politics  media  journalism  france  celebrity  aesthetics 
december 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Kiss 'n' teach
"'I don't subscribe to that humble thing,' he says, embarking on another routine. 'I subscribe to the Muhammad Ali school of semantics, although I'm not anti-semantic.' He raises an eyebrow and peers at me over his shades. 'If you use that I want credit.'
rock  quotes  television  humor  identity  men  celebrity  education  uk 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve: The Idea of Michael Jackson's D*ck by Steve Almond
"His voice had enthralled the world, tamed the horrors he knew would find him. He kept trying to get back there, and he couldn't, so he slowly destroyed himself instead. But for the rest of us, it was still there, what he'd done."
michaeljackson  aesthetics  black  men  celebrity  sex 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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