Marilyn Monroe: A Case Study in Stardom

Marilyn Monroe was one of America's most well-known stars to come out of Hollywood. Though the peak of her career was in the 1950s and 1960s, Marilyn Monroe's stardom has lasted until even today. Almost half a century later both her name and image are still easily recognizable, a sign of how well her legacy has … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe: A Case Study in Stardom

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Cultural Hegemony of the University of Oregon

Consumer culture is a phrase that many people are familiar with, and associate with mass production of, and subsequent mass purchase of manufactured goods. In this culture, goods are not simply purchased and utilized, but consumed. However, consumerism does not apply only to the physical goods that can be purchased in stores; instead nearly every … Continue reading Cultural Hegemony of the University of Oregon

Stephen Colbert: New Character, But Unchanged Ideology

In contemporary society, the phenomenon of stardom plays a large and always-present role. It might be considered unusual to run into someone who does not have a favorite movie star, music performer, or television personality. Our society is saturated by countless forms of media, and we have become obsessed with the individuals that appear within … Continue reading Stephen Colbert: New Character, But Unchanged Ideology