Idolized Idolized

Idolized Idolized : Music, Media, and Identity in American Idol Music, Media, and Identity in American Idol

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The hit television program American Idol provides a stage where the politics of national, regional, ethnic, and religious identity are performed for millions of viewers. Diversity is carefully highlighted and coached into a viable commodity by judges, argues Katherine Meizel, with contestants packaged into familiar portraits of American identities. Consumer choice, as expressed by audience voting, also shapes the course of the show -- negotiating ideas of democracy and opportunity closely associated with the American Dream. Through interviews with audience members and participants, and careful analyses of television broadcasts, commercial recordings, and print and online media, Meizel demonstrates that commercial music and the music industry are not simply forces to be criticized or resisted, but critical sites for redefining American more

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  • Electronic book text | 318 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0253005108
  • 9780253005106

About Professor Katherine Meizel

Katherine Meizel is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Oberlin Conservatory of more

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"Meizel s ambitious book is a model of clarity and seriousness in its treatment of American Idol, American identity, the American mood in the early 21st century." Matt Stahl, University of Western Ontario--Matt Stahl, University of Western Ontario"show more