By R. Penfold-Mounce

Within the twenty first century celebrities and famous person tradition flourishes. This book explores the much famous yet little analyzed courting among star and crime. Criminals who develop into celebrities and celebrities who turn into criminals are tested, drawing on Foucault's idea of governance.

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Their status has an imperishable quality, with their reputations based on actions rather than reputations (Cashmore, 2006: 52). Meanwhile, heroic inventors and explorers are facing a decline in numbers and public interest, for After electricity, the internal combustion engine, television, the cure for tuberculosis, and gene therapy, what’s left to discover? And, with Everest and the lesser mountains conquered, the world circumnavigated several dozen times by boat, and the Amazon charted, adventurers now have to devise their own challenges rather than rely on nature.

Heroes defined by evidence of greatness are being replaced by a mediated plethora of hero portrayals and representations in film and television. These hero depictions wear historic, contemporary or futuristic attire and dominate society through sheer numbers and pervasive media. Thus celebrities are carving careers by portraying living images of the primordial type (Simonton, 1994: 255). Additionally, there is a growing trend towards individuals who are gaining celebrity careers merely through their visibility in the media.

Instead, the association of ‘mass’ which is synonymous with the culture industry demonstrates itself to have a depreciative nuance (Sorlin, 1994: 2). For instance, mass circulation of newspapers increases trivia and gossip, mass art is considered cheap and lacking refinement, and mass production satisfies only the lowest common denominator. As a result the light-hearted or brash entertainment culture industry with its use and production of mass culture became a debasement and ‘the cause of the moral decline of the nation’ (Eldridge, Kitzinger and Williams, 1997: 11).

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