A celebrity is a famous person that gains widespread fame through the attention of the media. This attention can be a result of their wealth, participation in sports or the entertainment industry, their status as a political figure, or even from their connection to another celebrity. Celebrities often have a positive public image and are known for their success in one or more fields. They also may have a high sense of vanity and a desire to exploit others. Some celebrities are self-absorbed, but others use their fame to improve the world around them.
Celebrity is a word that was derived from the Latin term celebritas, which means “fame.” The original meaning of the word was more closely related to a ritual or ceremony rather than a public figure. The earliest usage of the word in English was at the beginning of the 15th century.
People who have attained the status of celebrity are known for their accomplishments in a field such as movies, music, writing, or sports. Those with global fame are called central celebrities, as their popularity transcends linguistic and cultural boundaries. These are usually politicians, international actors or musicians, or sports stars.
Those with local celebrity are known for their success in the field of sports or entertainment, but not on a large scale. These are often athletes or news anchors in a particular country. People who have achieved celebrity through reality television have been shown to be the most narcissistic. However, it is important to note that the amount of narcissism does not necessarily correlate with the length of time a person has been famous for.
It is well-known that celebrities have a tendency to lose their sense of reality, which can lead to addiction, depression, and alienation. They also tend to suffer from a lack of privacy, which can lead to the need to constantly seek out publicity. There is a pernicious side to this, as we have seen in the case of many entertainers who have died under the glare of their own fame.
The purpose of this special issue is to bring together the theoretical premises and new findings from both life writing research and celebrity studies, generating a constructive cross-disciplinary dialogue. This dialogue highlights the interplay between entextualisation and (re)mediation of reputations with historically shaped and culturally specific manifestations of celebrity.
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