In part 3 of our series covering the anthology “Our Blessed Rebel Queen”, we look at Andrew Kemp-Wilcox’s essay, “Harvesting the Celebrity Interface: Carrie Fisher, Virtual Performance, and Software Stars”. The essay covers the topics of digital performance, online persona, the concept of the “software celebrity”, and consumerism. We continue analyzing our relationship to Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher: How we have been consumers of her image and persona and how we have projected ourselves onto her. We talk through these topics and our own ever-changing relationship with constructed images and celebrity. Click here to download the episode directly.
Caitlin and Charlotte continue their multi-part series discussing essays on Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia from “Our Blessed Rebel Queen: Essays on Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia,” edited by Linda Mizejewski and Tanya D. Zuk. This episode covers the essay “Gatekeeping the Past: Fandom and the Gendered Cultural Memory of Star Wars” by Philipp Dominik Keidl. On the episode: More talk of commodification, “participatory historical culture,” cultural memory and fandom, traditional gatekeepers, Star Wars as “a boy’s thing,” the “fake geek girl” trope, personal reflections of our own fandom experience, and much more. Click here to download the episode directly.
Caitlin and Charlotte begin a multi-part series discussing essays on Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia from “Our Blessed Rebel Queen: Essays on Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia,” edited by Linda Mizejewski and Tanya D. Zuk. In this episode, we discuss “Who Owns Carrie Fisher? A complicated embodiment of manufactured commodity and avatar of resistance.” by Jennifer M. Fogel. Topics include commodification, identity, gender, parasocial relationships, body image, feminism, the golden bikini outfit, and much more. Please take care as this episode handles some heavy topics referenced above. Click here to download the episode directly.