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Thursday, August 14, 2003

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I was in the middle of writing a comment on this, but was getting carried away, so thought I'd give it a post all of its own...

Undoubtedly TV has accelerated the sense of 'ownership' between fan and 'celeb', and phone-interactivity is no small part of this of course. But I think the basic decline is older - I remember in the early rise of Britpop someone writing in the NME (or Melody Maker) that part of the attraction, and the fun, was that popstars then (referring to anyone from Menswear to first-album Spice Girls) were only just out of reach*. ie They weren't particularly good looking, or talented. Just lucky - answer the right ad in Stage and Screen and it could have been any of us. That was the mythology then, and it has become our unfortunate reality now. Pop Idol just shortens the process.** The same could be said of the rise of Ladmags at around the same time - most of their cover girls, then as now, were pretty ordinary looking. Nice enough, but hardly Monroe. It's the logical extension of a longer process towards the democratisation of culture in general, and I have to say I'm unconvinced...

*It may have been in the same piece, but somewhere similar this ownership-based relationship was put forward as the reason for Lennon's murder...

**Hmmm - indeed makes the process the whole point. The success of any participants is just a bonus. Maybe more on this at a later date if my head won't let it alone...


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