The modern day Cholly Knickerbocker… could it be Perez?

” Gossip columnist who, in the world of celebrity, has replaced the well-bred man-about-twon and social hostest…they [gossip columnists] are quite ready to tell us who belongs to “The New 400″- C. Wright Mills

Today, it seems that the above quote could be best represented by the often controversial Perez Hilton.  Sure he may have pink hair from time to time and not know when to hold back and might be a little less classy, but the parallels between the two celebrity gossipers is uncanny.  I wonder what Knickerbocker thinks of all this…

Celebrity Competition

C. Wright Mills discusses the power of fame in his book ” The Power Elite.” Most of the information he discusses refers to the latter half of the 20th century. Some of his main themes  are carried over and evident into the 21st century with our present day celebrities.

C. Wright Mills states:

” There is no doubt that it is enormously more important to one’s prestige to have one’s picture on the cover of a truly big national magazine..”

C. Wright Mills is correct when he states that being on covers of magazines is an important part of the “celebrity job”. In saying this being a celebrity is a competitive sport and getting on those magazine covers are crucial to stay popular and hot. If a celebrity is not featured on magazines they are most likely not a hot ticket item and lower on the fame scale. It is a competition to be the best of the best and that is what fame is all about. This competition is what keeps celebrities and fame alive today. Without that motivation to be better, there would be no reason to try. Most of the time it is healthy competition but then there are cases where things get out of control.

These cases deal with fame whores. Defined by Urban Dictionary a fame whore is an  individual who is willing to do anything, regardless of how humiliating or demeaning, to achieve notoriety. Such people will do anything to get people’s attention. ( In which will be publicized on magazine covers.)

Can you think of any celebrities today that are considered fame whores?  Click on these hyperlinks to see other peoples opinions.

Here are a few examples:


Jess is bringing in the bucks for the Baby!

Jessica Simpson as many of us already know is yes, pregnant! She shares her exciting news on the cover of many magazines. E! Online shares that she really knows how to rake in the cash when it comes to this baby. She is holding out the sex of the baby for the highest big from a publication to reveal if it a boy or girl! Wondering how much she will make? I sure am!!

What makes someone famous?

There are many different types of Celebrities.

In the book ” The Power Elite”, C. Wright Mills discusses celebrities alongside their reason for fame.

“Rather then being celebrated because they occupy positions of prestige, they occupy positions of prestige because they are celebrated.” – C. Wright Mills

Celebrities become famous by:

  • association
  • talent
  • social class and lifestyle.

and every celebrity has their own rise of fame.

Paris Hilton for example is famous by association and lifestyle. She is the heiress of  the founder of the Hilton Hotel chain. Referencing back to C. Wright Mills, she would be celebrated because she occupies a position of prestige.In other words she is distinguished as a celebrity because she was born under the Hilton name.



Taylor Swift on the other hand is famous for her talent. She is a celebrity that occupies a position of prestige and is celebrated for it. People enjoy her talents which makes her famous. She chooses to be famous because of her popularity.



Two different celebrities both well known but famous for different  reasons.



No More Wedding Plans for these Two!

Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez recently put their wedding plans on hold. Now they’re not planning anything at all. Why you ask. They felt too much pressure coming in from the public. It has been over a year since we have seen the two on the infamous Bachelorette. The couple share we are still engaged and still living together just not walking down the aisle quite yet! An example of Mills “nation-wide hierarchies of power and wealth, it is expressed by nation wide means of mass communication.” These are just two ordinary people that ended up on TV. 

Two Celebrities are better than One

Infiltrating the personal lives of celebrities was the foundation of creating jobs for Americans as papparazzi.  They look for wardrobe malfunctions, public outbursts, and who they are with.  When there is a chance to capture two celebrities in one picture, it’s an instant news story on E! or Perez Hilton.  There does not need to be any truth to the matter, but turning celebrities into celebrity couples is a major tool of papparazzi.  The most recent example of this creation come from Dancing With the Stars, where many are questioning Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s realtionship off the dance floor.

Is Paris Hilton Headed Down a Dark Road?

Brenda Frazier and Paris Hilton come from very similar backgrounds, just in different times. Brenda’s life took a turn for the worst…Is Paris headed in the same direction? “Most significantly, Paris, like Brenda, has ushered in a new era of, well, publiciety” (Susahanna Long).

Sex scandals, bleach blonde hair, and her pink signature look has changed the world of reality TV and the way celebrities are covered in the news. Like Brenda, will Paris’s fame some day become based on a downward spiral?