FO° Talks Celebrity Culture

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Online Event
December 12, 2023

FO° Talks: Making Sense of our Celebrity Culture

Date and Time :

December 12, 2023 1:30 pm - GMT

Date and time

December 12, 2023 1:30 pm - GMT
FO° Talks Celebrity Culture


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Claire Whitaker

Claire Whitaker is the chair of Fair Observer. She is a video journalist and media trainer, with nearly two decades of experience at the BBC and Agence France-Presse (AFP).

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Ellis Cashmore

Ellis Cashmore is the author of The Destruction and Creation of Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Celebrity Culture and other books. He is a professor of sociology who has held academic positions at the University of Hong Kong, the University of Tampa and Aston University. His first article for Fair Observer was an obituary for Muhammad Ali in 2016. Since then, Ellis has been a regular contributor on sports, entertainment, celebrity culture and cultural diversity. Most recently, timelines have caught his fancy and he has created many for Fair Observer. What do you think?


Over the past few decades, celebrity culture has taken grip, not only of entertainment, but of sports, politics, religion, science, commerce, military affairs, even crime. Our preoccupation with people about whom we know little, but with whom we feel strangely intimate has become a dominant feature of social life.

The third edition of Professor Ellis Cashmore’s book “Celebrity Culture” published by Routledge examines this contemporary phenomenon. In this talk, Cashmore will draw upon his book to make sense of celebrity culture.

You can check out his timeline on the topic here:

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