For those of you visiting my site for the first time seeking out where I stand on certain issues and problems with regard to popular culture, fan culture, and celebrity culture, I offer you a unique opportunity to educate yourselves and free yourselves from the bondage of fandom. Start with Baudrillard. Then go through my growing collection of Celebrity Readings on Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/collections/4359502/Celebrity-Readings
Good luck, and God/Goddess speed on your enlightenment.
Why am I posting a link to this article here? Simply put, I have been inspired today to do a bit of writing for both of my book projects. I saw Baudrillard deliver this lecture to EGS students in Summer 2004 when I was still a part of EGS as a grad student (I was considering a second Ph.D in Media and Philosophy). I felt this lecture was supposed to be a part of my work, but I was unsure as to how to enter this text. It disturbed me, as it should have disturbed me. I was unable to articulate a clear direction for my dissertation when it came time to present to our advisor, Wolfgang Schirmacher. He directed me back to this lecture. My response? I finished my first Ph.D from UConn in American Literature and moved…
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