Extraordinarily Ordinary: Us Weekly and the Rise of Reality Television Celebrity (Paperback)

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Extraordinarily Ordinary offers a critical analysis of the production of a distinct form of twenty-first century celebrity constructed through the exploding coverage of reality television cast members in Us Weekly magazine. Erin A. Meyers connects the economic and industrial forces that helped propel Us Weekly to the top of the celebrity gossip market in the early 2000s with the ways in which reality television cast members fit neatly into the social and cultural norms that shaped the successful gossip formulas of the magazine. Us Weekly’s construction of the “extraordinarily ordinary” celebrity within its gossip narratives is a significant symptom of the broader intensification of discourses of ordinariness and the private in the production of contemporary celebrity, in which fame is paradoxically grounded in “just being yourself” while simultaneously defining what the “right” sort of self is in contemporary culture. 

About the Author

Erin A. Meyers is an associate professor of communication at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She is the author of Dishing Dirt in the Digital Age: Celebrity Gossip Blogs and Participatory Media Culture.

Praise For…

“Highly engaging and readable, Extraordinarily Ordinary is a clear, in-depth analysis of both the celebrity gossip magazine genre and the nature of fame in the 21st century.” 
— Andrea McDonnell

"Erin A. Meyers provides a masterful, lively account of reality TV celebrity. Extraordinarily Ordinary is a must-read for anyone eager to understand the meaning and power of celebrity today."
— Julie Wilson

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813599427
ISBN-10: 0813599423
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: February 14th, 2020
Pages: 154
Language: English