Celebrity Obsession: The Media and Teen Identity

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This presentation was created for a graduate course in mass media and society. It is intended for discussion concerning adolescents and their involvement through the media with celebrities.

This presentation was created for a graduate course in mass media and society. It is intended for discussion concerning adolescents and their involvement through the media with celebrities.

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  • 1. Celebrity Obsession The Media’s Role in Teen Identity
  • 2. Celebrity Culture
  • 3. What characterizes teen-celebrity relationships? Involvement defined as the degree to which an individual actively participates in decoding a media message Teens are active seekers rather than passive receivers of information
  • 4. one-sided relationships • relationships are mediated by the media • parasocial relationships (celebrities are seen as friends) • non-reciprocal (celebrities are not aware of the individual fan)
  • 5. How does the Celebrity Attitudes Scale divide audience involvement? Entertainment-Social Values adolescents seek information about celebrities to conform to social norms and to fantasy- escape from reality
  • 6. intense-personal feelings fans start to view celebrities as friends, becoming intimately involved with celebrities lives admiration translates into aspirations to look, behave and think like celebrities
  • 7. Borderline-pathological tendencies extreme expression of involvement with celebrities willingness to do anything for a celebrity even if the activities violate the law death of a fave celebrity could lead fans to feel like dying
  • 8. American teens and the Media
  • 9. Is adolescents’ involvement with celebrities positive or negative?
  • 10. Does it matter who the celebrity is?
  • 11. “Best” Teen Influences
  • 12. How is the Internet changing teen-celebrity relationships?
  • 13. Reality TV • Does the shrinking distance between TV and ‘reality’, and between the famous and the ‘ordinary’, mean that we need to reconsider our understanding of what kind of cultural apparatus the media has become?