Over the past few decades, celebrity culture has taken grip, not only of
entertainment, but of sports, politics, religion, science, commerce, military
affairs, even crime. Our preoccupation with people about whom we know little, but
with whom we feel strangely intimate has become a dominant feature of social life.
The third edition of Ellis Cashmore’s book Celebrity Culture is published
by Routledge. FO° presents a brief history.