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By R. Penfold-Mounce

Within the twenty first century celebrities and megastar tradition prospers. This book explores the much famous yet little analyzed dating among star and crime. Criminals who turn into celebrities and celebrities who turn into criminals are tested, drawing on Foucault's concept of governance.

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The spectacle of viewing in person extends beyond tours via what Diamond (2002) describes as the ‘Victorian sensation’, albeit in reconstructed circumstances such as the York or Edinburgh Dungeons, or Madame Tussaud’s Chamber of Horrors. The former encourage insight into individual cities’ sordid and brutal histories, while the latter encapsulates some of the most notorious crimes of Britain, such as Dr Crippen who murdered his wife in 1910. Interestingly, the spectacle of Jack the Ripper was not present in the Chamber of Horrors until 1980, when Tussaud’s bowed to popular demand for more gore, leading to the accommodation of sound, lighting and smell to produce a realistic setting (Walkowitz, 1994: 1).

Instead, these people committing deeds of greatness are a generic body of heroism. It appears that the hero in celebrity culture is faceless, an icon held up as great but portrayed by more well-known celebrity individuals with faces that are swiftly recognizable. While heroism and greatness are being undermined and destroyed in celebrity culture, important ethical and moral philosophical considerations are raised. For with the destruction of the hero in celebrity culture there is also a decline in clear-cut good and evil.

He advances a theory of a viewer society through the concept of synopticism, which is a modality of power whereby the many watch, admire and thus control the few. 17 The case of Moss demonstrates the control and power of the media and the public whose good opinion and purchasing power can directly impact upon celebrity careers. Therefore, synopticism and the viewer society conveniently illustrate a relationship between celebrity and criminality within celebrity culture, which rely upon the depreciation of greatness and spectacle.

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