The Exile of Britney Spears (Book)

A Tale of 21st Century Consumption

What we consume matters: a conclusion that is making more sense as sustainability and eco-responsibility become part of our everyday cultural conversations. What we fail to realize is that we consume – unconsciously, continually, and, at times, violently – much more than food. The Exile of Britney Spears: A Tale of Twenty-First Century Consumption explains that we have consumed, digested, and eliminated Britney Spears in a process uniquely characteristic of American popular culture. In Christopher Smit’s explanation of the sociological, aesthetic, and political outcomes of this new mediated cannibalism; he offers the idea of exile as a new metaphor for the outcome of popular consumption. By investigating the psychological, personal and social matrix of Britney’s rise and fall (and rise again?), he outlines the process of her inevitable exile from global taste and favour. While the book encourages the reader to see Britney’s volition within her narrative, it ultimately works to explain the larger practices bound up with our consumption of her life within the malleable context of new media and digital communication.

Category: Film Studies

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What we consume matters: a conclusion that is making more sense as sustainability and eco-responsibility become part of our everyday cultural conversations. What we fail to realize is that we consume – unconsciously, continually, and, at times, violently – much more than food. The Exile of Britney Spears: A Tale of Twenty-First Century Consumption explains that we have consumed, digested, and eliminated Britney Spears in a process uniquely characteristic of American popular culture. In Christopher Smit’s explanation of the sociological, aesthetic, and political outcomes of this new mediated cannibalism; he offers the idea of exile as a new metaphor for the outcome of popular consumption. By investigating the psychological, personal and social matrix of Britney’s rise and fall (and rise again?), he outlines the process of her inevitable exile from global taste and favour. While the book encourages the reader to see Britney’s volition within her narrative, it ultimately works to explain the larger practices bound up with our consumption of her life within the malleable context of new media and digital communication.

Christopher R. Smit, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. His writings focus on the intersections between media, aesthetics, culture, and the disabled body.

Preface: Two Notes for Readers 
 
Prologue: Waiting
 
PART I: Creation 
 
Chapter 1: 
Consuming Towards Exile
 
Chapter 2: 
The Baptists
 
Chapter 3: 
The South
 
Chapter 4: 
The Family
 
Chapter 5: 
Stars, Mickey Mouse and the Ledge of Tomorrow
 
PART II: Consumption
 
Chapter 6: 
The Universal Woman, Saint or Whore?
 
Chapter 7: 
A New Currency
 
Chapter 8: 
Stu!
 
Chapter 9: 
Snakes
 
Chapter 10: 
The Ease of Digestion
 
PART III: Exile 
 
Chapter 11:
Exile on Main Street
 
Chapter 12: 
Motherhood
 
Chapter 13:
The Vagina
 
Chapter 14:
Disabling Britney
 
Chapter 15:
The End of the Exile, ‘Complex Shit’
 
Epilogue: 
Naked Again
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