Idolized : Music, Media, and Identity in American Idol (Paperback)

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The hit television program American Idol provides a stage where thepolitics of national, regional, ethnic, and religious identity are performed formillions of viewers. Diversity is carefully highlighted and coached into a viablecommodity by judges, argues Katherine Meizel, with contestants packaged intofamiliar portraits of American identities. Consumer choice, as expressed by audiencevoting, also shapes the course of the show -- negotiating ideas of democracy andopportunity closely associated with the American Dream. Through interviews withaudience members and participants, and careful analyses of television broadcasts, commercial recordings, and print and online media, Meizel demonstrates thatcommercial music and the music industry are not simply forces to be criticized orresisted, but critical sites for redefining American culture.

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Publisher Indiana Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780253222718
SKU 213897964
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0253222710
Release Date 2/1/2011
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0301
Publisher Indiana University Press

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