Advisor

Stewart, Connie K.

Committee Member

Goodwin, Donna

Department

Art & Design

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

8-2017

Genre

Thesis

Extent

63 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

This thesis focuses on the contemporary human condition associated with the consumption of current entertainment media. Sampling on modes of thought from anthropological, biological, psychological, sociological, and biographical points of view I sought to define what it means to be uniquely human. Furthermore, I sought to compare and contrast contemporary human interactions as described through research studies associated with tabloid news sources, and the entertainment industry. The results of this study were then articulated through four works of art that visually describe that which was found amongst a variety of resources. They describe the rise and fall of the careers of three pop culture icons: Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, and Amy Winehouse. Each career ended tragically perhaps due to the current climate that encourages self-destructive behavior through media sources that keep our celebrities in the public eye. This study finds that public support, through consumption of such media sources, further perpetuates a media culture that functions to erode the moral fabric of our society today.

Degree type

MA

Degree Name

Master

Language

English

Local Identifiers

SteeleThesis_2017

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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