Posts Tagged ‘Celebrity culture’

Vacuity and Celebrity

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

In Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Oceana’s grand project is to replace English with Newspeak, a language so carefully constructed that it is completely incapable of articulating critical thought. Far-fetched perhaps, but between the hours of 21:00 and 23:50 last night Channel 5 screened a close approximation of it – the 50 Most Shocking Celebrity Moments of 2015. Of […]

Diana, conspiracy and celebrity

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Life must be tough for the Daily and Sunday Express. Before this weekend’s news that police are looking at “new information” concerning the death of Princess Diana, this august organ of moral rectitude hadn’t run with a Diana-related story since Thursday. One whole day without their idol. It must have been hell trying to find different fodder to throw at their ever-shrinking readership. Of […]

How not to cover abusive relationships

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

If you’re yet to see it, the piece is very uncomfortable. Readers who’ve experienced and survived domestic violence might want to give it a miss, so keep that in mind before you click this link. But it’s fair to say the photographs of Charles Saatchi gripping the throat of Nigella Lawson, pushing at her nose and […]

Hilary Mantel on Kate Middleton

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Kate seems to have been selected for her role of princess because she was irreproachable: as painfully thin as anyone could wish, without quirks, without oddities, without the risk of the emergence of character. She appears precision-made, machine-made, so different from Diana whose human awkwardness and emotional incontinence showed in her every gesture. Diana was […]

Ryan Giggs, Imogen Thomas and the class politics of celebrity culture

by David Osler.

There were a few years in my life in which I was vaguely interested in the private lives of rock and movie stars. Broadly speaking, I had grown out of that kind of stuff by the time I made it to college. Sometimes I hear tell that friends of mine participate in clandestine relationships with […]

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