Media Review: Amanda's troubles surrounded by the public

analytical Essay
1240 words
1240 words

Looking towards the media with regards to the spectacle and particularly the spectacle in relation to celebrities, I find that when the spectacle focuses around celebrities, they usuaually focus on their rise and falls of being a star. Celebrities are everywhere, and the public strive on them, whether they are a good influence or bad influence. The public is attracted to anything celebrity related, they want to be consumed by the gossip. Therefore, I choose to do my media review on Amanda Bynes on the Showbiz Tonight show clip.
Describe the spectacle as being the focus of the public, having massive exposure of events and people.
This clip highlights her fall as a celebrity while bringing in evidence of a past interview. The focus of the interview is showing how much she is not like other celebrities who have gone to rehab and such. This clip also tries to show truth because the reporter himself (A.J. Hammer) had the interview with Amanda Bynes 5 years prior, in 2007 and he makes that very clear to its viewers.
In further detail, when looking at what’s happening in the background of the news clip, you notice that they display pictures of Amanda and comparing her to the troubled Lindsay Lohan. They show similar poses that they shared with same hairstyles or look. Although they show these pictures as evidence to show how they are similar in action. What’s missing are pictures that show them similar by their recent or troubled actions, such as going to rehab, etc. Since that is the topic of this clip, but instead they decided to show them posing for pictures. This then, in fact, can show not much evidence at all that they are alike. Showing photos of them in similar poses and looks doesn’t help their point, which they try to say...

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...acle, she is widely known and has in her recent years made a turn for the worst, and yet the public strives to get all the information they can on her whether good or bad. Watching her every move and check with the updates on her personal events, such as going to court or rehab, etc. Kellner shows us how the public is consumed by the media and are constantly trying to decipher what is real and what isn’t.

Works Cited
Baudrillard, Jean. Simulacra and Simulation. Trans. Shelia Faria Glaser. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994. (p.1-42).
Debord, Guy. The Society of the Spectacle. Trans. Donald Nicholson- Smith. New York: Zone Books, 1995. (paragraphs 1-53).
Kellner, Douglas. Media Spectacle. New York: Routledge, 2003.
“The Amanda Bynes Lost Interview.” Showbiz Tonight. H.N. Hollywood. 18. Sep. 2012. Television.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how a.j. hammer relates amanda's innocence to her childhood and younger years in her life, referring to the fact that everyone should experience being offered drugs as they grow in their life
  • Analyzes how the public tends to be consumed by celebrities and then their rises and falls in the business. this relates back to jean baudillard’s theory of simulation.
  • Analyzes how the media focuses on celebrities' rise and fall, and tries to show truth by comparing them to the troubled lindsay lohan.
  • Analyzes the language and facial expressions that go with the statements presented by the reporter.
  • Analyzes how kellner tries to ground the idea of truth in the postmodern register, which is complex, constructed, and perspectival.
  • Opines that baudrillard, glaser, debord, and nicholson-smith are s of the society of the spectacle.
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