chapter  1
16 Pages

In Transition

Media and cultural studies for the digital era
ByGraeme Turner

This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book provides something of a personal record of that transition to date; not only through the processes upon which they report, but also through the shifts they address in relation to media studies’ approaches and to its objects of attention. It examines a number of aspects of the production of celebrity news in order to delineate what is so distinctive about celebrity journalism: its attributes include the importance of the image and the corporatization of the paparazzi supply chain; and the unapologetic commitment to the production of entertainment rather than information. The book suggests that the widening of access to the means of production and distribution has played a part in generating a mode of celebrity that actually aims at a more narrow and restricted conception of a public.