For the Public Good or Just Good Publicity? Celebrity Diplomacy and the Ethics of Representation
DepartmentMedia Studies and Production
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AbstractCelebrities in recent years have taken on a more active role in communicating global humanitarian crises to the American public. This role at times shifts between journalist, advocate, philanthropist, and personal publicist. This article evaluates how three of the most well-known celebrities in this genre in the United States—Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, and Bono—differ in their method of speaking about these issues, focusing on how their public discourse adds to, or detracts from, citizens' abilities to understand, discuss, and respond to the issues presented in the public sphere. Through critical discourse analysis, similarities and differences are teased out and placed within the context of previous research on celebrity diplomacy and humanitarian crises, in order to evaluate the usefulness of such performances for the U.S. public as democratic citizens and for the victims of foreign suffering the celebrities purport to represent.
CitationKogen, L. (2015). For the Public Good or Just Good Publicity? Celebrity Diplomacy and the Ethics of Representation. Mass Communication and Society, 18(1), 37-57. https://doi.org/10.1080/15205436.2013.851699
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in 'Mass Communication and Society' on 2014-10-17, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15205436.2013.851699.
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