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Author Meizel, Katherine.
Title Idolized : music, media, and identity in American idol / Katherine Meizel.
Imprint Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, [2011]

Subject American Idol (Television program)
Popular music -- Competitions -- United States.
Music -- Social aspects -- United States.
Television and music.
Popular culture -- United States.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 301 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-291) and index.
Contents Facing reality : American idol as reality television -- Facing the music -- Win or lose : success and failure and the American dream -- Idol worship : civil and sacral religion in American idol -- Going places -- Politics as usual -- The United Nations of pop : global franchise and geopolitics.
Summary The hit television program American Idol provides a stage where the politics of national, regional, ethnic, and religious identity are performed for millions of viewers. Diversity is carefully highlighted and coached into a viable commodity by judges, argues Katherine Meizel, with contestants packaged into familiar portraits of American identities. Consumer choice, as expressed by audience voting, also shapes the course of the show -- negotiating ideas of democracy and opportunity closely associated with.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780253005106 (electronic bk.)
0253005108 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 713809558
Additional Format Print version: Meizel, Katherine. Idolized. Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, ©2011 9780253355713 (DLC) 2010034622 (OCoLC)655653433