Commoditised: Celebrities and the Tabloid Industry

This week Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they would be suing the Mail on Sunday and their parent company Associated Newspapers. Mail on Sunday is accused of unlawfully publishing a private letter from Meghan to her father - edited seemingly with the intention to vilify her. Harry’s suit is against Associated Newspapers and …

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The Hollywood Formula

Christina Klein (2004, p. 361)describes Hollywoodisation somewhat bleakly, saying that “global Hollywood is gobbling up a seemingly ever-increasing share of the world’s film markets and in doing so is driving local industries to the brink of collapse and homogenizing the world’s film culture.” This is directly seen in the way that Asian films have taken …

Beautiful ≠ Bad

Image courtesy of IMDB This week I watched the Netflix movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron about the life of Ted Bundy. As I was thinking about it, I got to wondering how much we in western society have been conditioned to think that good looking people can’t be bad or …

Boys Don’t Cry

Short Story by Lil Williams Jared ran until his vision blurred, until his ability to breathe at quarter capacity was about used up, until he thought he’d drown in his own sweat. The sun and the footpath had assaulted his skinny legs and joints, all the while his ‘below average’ in PE stood mocking him. …