By Gavin Fridell,Martijn Konings
Celebrities are more and more entrance and centre in public debates on every thing from fixing global poverty to halting genocide, confronting weight problems, and discovering non secular contentment. Bono, invoice Gates, Al Gore, Bob Geldof, Oprah, Madonna, and Angelina Jolie are only a few of the entertainers, politicians, pundits, elite company humans, and policy-makers whose hugely obvious political activism has turn into a vital part in their public personas.
These pop icons are usually celebrated as “philanthrocapitalists” with a special skill to treatment the world’s difficulties. even if, as Age of Icons demonstrates, the recommendations those icons advertise for addressing international injustice, whilst tested significantly, could be noticeable to paintings during the exact same associations that create those difficulties within the first place.
This quantity assesses the transforming into function of well known icons within the building of a tradition that looks to include a serious angle in the direction of the capitalist event whereas, in reality, legitimizing the neoliberal personality of the fashionable international. it is going to be an eye-opening learn for somebody attracted to the juncture among present occasions and big name culture.
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