By Gavin Fridell,Martijn Konings

Celebrities are more and more entrance and centre in public debates on every little thing from fixing global poverty to halting genocide, confronting weight problems, and discovering non secular contentment. Bono, invoice Gates, Al Gore, Bob Geldof, Oprah, Madonna, and Angelina Jolie are only a number of the entertainers, politicians, pundits, elite enterprise humans, and policy-makers whose hugely seen political activism has develop into an essential component in their public personas.

These pop icons are typically celebrated as “philanthrocapitalists” with a special skill to treatment the world’s difficulties. even though, as Age of Icons demonstrates, the suggestions those icons advertise for addressing international injustice, whilst tested seriously, should be noticeable to paintings throughout the exact same associations that create those difficulties within the first place.

This quantity assesses the becoming function of well known icons within the development of a tradition that looks to include a severe perspective in the direction of the capitalist adventure whereas, actually, legitimizing the neoliberal personality of the fashionable global. it is going to be an eye-opening learn for somebody attracted to the juncture among present occasions and megastar culture.

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