Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Posted by micaelaperkins410 on May 2, 2013

My term paper is all about the Kardashians empire & how they use social media to establish their brand and their credibility as the “ultimate celebrities,” although they aren’t really famous for much other than their father, and now of course their show. Also, I will discuss how their past scandals and tribulations within their family, do not devalue their fame and success, and their fanbase does not lessen due to these scandals, it may even add to their fame and success. 

I will also be discussing how the “celebrity image” is constructed, and how the Kardashians fit in this image as the “ultimate” celebrities. What I do need help on is a couple of things. I first, was going the route of the Kardashian women, and how their role today would never have been allowed due to their scandalous backgrounds. However, that seemed like not a lot to build on. Any ideas what to add to my paper on the Kardashians and how they contribute to pop culture, please let me know!


One Response to “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”

  1. Sam Ford said

    A few thoughts here…The main thing is to keep in mind that the Kardashians are your example, and you have to think about what you’re trying to prove through an examination OF the Kardashians. Is it how the narrative of the celebrity family is constructed in a reality television age? Are we following these characters in the same way we may have followed a fictional family in the past…think the soap operas, and their daily glimpse into the lives of scandalous families, for instance. This is the sort of glimpse we get into the lives of the Kardashians today, one could argue…Another direction to take might be how the Kardashians and what makes them a celebrity defines them quite differently than celebrities of yesteryear. A third way might be to show how they have built a media empire from being celebrities, and how their various media ventures co-mingle with coverage from celebrity news publications, etc., to build the narrative of “The Kardashians.” The own some of the outlets that tell their story and directly make money off some; others are from coverage by others that they nevertheless build their own story from…

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