By R. Penfold-Mounce
Within the twenty first century celebrities and megastar tradition flourishes. This book explores the much famous yet little analyzed courting among famous person 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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For with the destruction of the hero in celebrity culture there is also a decline in clear-cut good and evil. As Bauman (1993) points out, the contemporary world is making it more difﬁcult to make moral decisions. The rise and increasing dominance of consumerism, individualism and hedonistic drives for pleasure without 24 Celebrity Culture and Crime concern for pain or suffering that may be caused, are characteristic of celebrity culture. Utilitarian thought, where actions are for the greater good, differs from celebrity culture which focuses more on the individual and their personal desires and delights based on the artiﬁcial and superﬁcial which entertain.
Superego as the ethical component of personality provides the moral standards by which the ego operates. Arguably internal motivations and controls are being signiﬁcantly reoriented in contemporary society, and the fundamental force of the superego – guilt – holds less sway to carry out its traditional duty of bearing down upon the failure of the individual to be civilized and sociable. Instead, it appears that superego in celebrity culture has a new concern, that of failure to enjoy, to gain pleasure and stimulus that entertains.
Thus consumers are bound to producers, resulting in a restriction of freedom (Marcuse, 2002: Culture Industry and Foucauldian Governmentality 43 xxx, 11, 14) and increasing the culture-industry control over individuals. The culture industry may claim to serve individual’s needs but it is a double-edged sword, for it not only deceives people in society into the necessity of consuming but also dictates how the fulﬁlment of needs should be accomplished. Consumers are consistently bombarded with needs that can only be satisﬁed through consuming culture-industry products resulting in ‘the whole world made to pass through the ﬁlter of culture industry’ (Horkheimer and Adorno, 1997: 126).