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CelebricitiesMedia Culture and the Phenomenology of Gadget Commodity Life$
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Anthony Curtis Adler

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823270798

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823270798.001.0001

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The celebrity and the nobody

The celebrity and the nobody

(p.40) 3 The celebrity and the nobody

Anthony Curtis Adler

Fordham University Press

This chapter turns to the question of the who of televisionary Dasein. Just as life with television is a double life, having always already split, the who to whom this life belongs is also disarticulated in such a way that authentic resoluteness is no longer possible. The celebrity is not the “authentically” existing nobody. Rather, the nobody always exists next to the celebrity without ever being able to overcome its nobodiness, even though at the same time the celebrity is never anything else than a “staging”—or we might say, a celebration—of the nobody. And ultimately, by shattering Dasein into the nobody and the celebrity, television irrevocably disjoins the middle-voiced self-reflexive logic of self-showing on which phenomenology depends.

Keywords:   authenticity, celebrity, nobody, the, resoluteness

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