15 in ’14: Part V – Conclusion

15 in ’14: Part V – Conclusion

Body Culture Sexting selfies only works well when one is in good shape. The only aspect of Anthony Weiner’s sexting fiasco that did not subject him to ridicule was his body: he was in tip-top shape. Perhaps if he hadn’t been, he never would have sexted. Since the early 1990s we’ve seen a gradual upping […]

15 in ’14: Part III – Keeping Up With Reality

15 in ’14: Part III – Keeping Up With Reality

Although Real World was the mother of reality television and Survivor and Big Brother pushed it to a new level, reality superstardom didn’t truly arrive until Keeping up with the Kardashians. Sure, we had had Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey on Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica but both of their music careers had fizzled out and […]

15 in ’14 – Part II: A Star is Made

15 in ’14 – Part II: A Star is Made

Stars were once “manufactured” by film studios and publicists. Today, they are probably manufactured by managers and publicists, but it isn’t quite the same. The grooming of film stars fell first, then television stars and now only the music industry still knows how to properly launch talent, but even that is fading as YouTube and […]