Starstruck: The explosion of celebrity journalism and corrosion of the nightly news since 9/11
This lecture by Susan Douglas will analyze the rise of celebrity culture since the turn of the century and the concomitant decline in international and hard news on television, and place these twin phenomena within the broader context of the aftermath of 9/11. The talk will document these trends, and note especially the gendered and demographic dynamics that have fueled and are reinforced by them.
The talk will consider the role of national politics and media consolidation in contributing to this state of affairs, and will also ask whether we are, as a result, experiencing increased ethnocentrism and parochialism in our culture as a result.
Susan Douglas is the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies at The University of Michigan and Chair of the Department.