Friday, September 26, 2014

Part Three - Publications and presentations Update - presentations and media interviews

Sometimes I deliver the content of my work in a variety of ways. For instance, usually when I am giving a conference paper or address, I tend to use prezi.  So, if you have this program or application or have signed on to its service, these presentations with all their remarkable visual material are there to see.  In some ways, I think we need to start thinking about how this structure of presentation can be gathered into a different kind of publication.... Here are some of my presentations from this year. I have a few more Keynotes in October and I will try and post those as they arise.

When the Private becomes Public: Commodity Activism, endorsement and making meaning in a Privatized World

When the Private becomes Public: Commodity Activism, endorsement and making meaning in a privatized world”, Contemporary Publics International Symposium, 24- 25 February 2014, Deakin University. Prezi of paper at:
This presentation describes a transformed public world that allows the private public person to move through the boundaries of what in the past was public and political activism. These lines of activity where the private takes over the public world have a long history of connection through boycotts and even as Banet-Weiser describes as the consumer subjectivity at that core of the civil rights movement in the US, but this presentation works to articulate this subtle and expanding structure of a privatized public discourse at least partially expressed through celebrities.

Constructing the Intimate Public: Public Persona and the bifurcation of representation and presentation in contemporary political campaigns

“Constructing the Intimate Public: Public Persona and the bifurcation of representation and presentation in contemporary political campaigns” Contemporary Publics International Symposium, 24 - 25 February 2014, Deakin University.
Prezi available at:
This is  a development of how politics is transforming under new forms of parasocial connection that are most prominent in major political campaigns such as Obama's recent presidential campaigns and Kevin Rudd's work in Australian political campaigns.

Persona as method: exploring celebrity and the public self through persona studies

“Persona as method: exploring celebrity and the public self through persona studies’ approaches” (with Kim Barbour and Chris Moore) Celebrity Studies 2nd International Conference, London, 19-21 June 2014 Royal Holloway University of London.
Prezi available at:  This presentation maps out three approaches to the study of persona - the employment of Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis in interview ethnography, digital visual analysis of the representation of the self, and an adaptation of "prosopography" to map reputation in the contemporary moment within networks and communities. 

“Real/Reel Politics and Popular Culture” (with Sally Totman), Celebrity Studies 2nd International Conference, London, 19-21 June 2014 Royal Holloway University of London. Sorry no prezi to link to, but an incredible presentation. Look for its content to appear in a book related to politics, popular culture, scandal and leadership...

Public Image Limited: Endorsements and the constructed public persona of the perfume industry
“Public Image Limited: Endorsements and the constructed public persona of the perfume industry”, Celebrity Studies 2nd International Conference, London, 19-21 June 2014, Royal Holloway University of London. Prezi:
are  This presentation mapping the intentions for the public personality to be associated with highly stylized - and usually beautiful - constructions of themselves. Beyond the economic benefits, these moves articulate forms of public control of image as much as the commodification of the self into a product.

Intercommunication and Persona: The Intercommunicative Public Self

“Intercommunication and Persona: Intercommunicative public self”, 9th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vancouver, British Columbia, 11-13 June 2014,University of British Columbia. Prezi: This presentation links some of my key conceptual innovations. Intercommunication definitionally identifies the current blend of communication and media as well as the interpersonal filter that is at play in much of the movement of content and discussion via social media and other online connections.  This new way of connecting establishes a discipline of structure for the organization of the public presentation of the self: formations of patterns of persona construction are evident in online culture which move the utopian and dystopian debates about technological change to a different vista of analysis.

Media Presentations:

I am regularly asked for my expert commentary on radio and  sometimes television. In addition, I occasionally do a guest lecture which is recorded in some way. What follows are some of my recent media appearances.

18 September 2014: Interview on  2UE Sydney on Netflix coming to Australia  11:50 AM

14 July 2014:Rolf Harris Trial and Controversy
Deakin Air recorded an interview of me - a podcast- related to Rolf Harris
 and how celebrities use fame to cover up questionable behaviour.
 A follow-up interview with 6PR on the same topic and removing Harris from Perth's Walk of Fame.

Contemporary Publics International Symposium
Attached to this event, I was interviewed about what the Contemporary Publics International Symposium was attempting to achieve. The event was held at Deakin on the 24- and 25th of February 2014.  My little promotion talk gets in to what the plural publics entails.  The last part of the interview is connected to my specific research on celebrity and persona. Follow the link to the video.
 "Celebrity Performativity and the Age of the Selfie" 
28 July 2014 - Guest lecture Interview: Here is a direct interview and part 3 of the interview on Youtube. "Celebrity Performativity and the Age of the Selfie," -Part one has sections of an actual lecture and the lecturer, Adam Brown's melecture. All worth seeing.  The direct interview and part 3 of the direct interview is probably the best visual and aural version of my research available.  Also incredibly useful for those trying to build teaching resources and a style to construct - Adam Brown's approach is one of the best I've seen.
Celebrity Industrial Complex - on the Scholar's Circle
12 June 2014 Scholars Circle - Radio Interview on Celebrity Industrial Complex with David Giles, Joshua Gamson and David Marshall - with Maria Armoudian - an independent syndicated program. This program pulled together three major scholars that have studie celebrity.

Celebrity and the Portfolio Personality
2 July 2013: The List on  ABC Radio National interviewed on this idea of portfolio culture. Here is their blurb for the program: Celebrity and the Portfolio Personality:  
When too much information is barely enough; life in the online age means constant maintenance of our public personas, says David Marshall, Chair of New Media, Communication and Cultural Studies at Deakin University.
 There is a link to an audio file of the show and interview from this site.

There are, of course, other interviews and other presentations, but I hope this selection of some of my most recent might be interesting. Pass on your comments on any of this material - the most public version of my work!!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Updating my Research work Part Two: popular and journalistic articles published

In my last post, I listed my recent  academic publications. This post will focus on the articles that intersect with my research but have been published in a form that is more journalistic. I have always thought it very important for academics and intellectuals to ensure that their ideas travel further and, at minimum, attempt to intersect with the way that formations of popular culture migrate through our contemporary media culture.  As a result, I have now written several articles in a brilliant crossover online "newspaper/news source". The journal is called The Conversation.
The banner for the online journal/newspaper The Conversation
 The Conversation is  working out an effective economic structure of generating new information
and represents a new model for the conversion of university thinking and research into the flows of stories that move through the contemporary web. A forthcoming academic article I am developing will look more closely at  The Conversation as well as  Ted Talks  and the way that these provide directions for how ideas can circulate currently. For now, this post is all about what I have written recently in a more journalistic way.  Many of these articles are the germination sources for my academic work; but some just stand alone - I hope - as interesting reading..

Stephen Colbert - the persona is ending

Unless you live under a rock, you are probably aware that Stephen Colbert recently decided to take over  Late Night - the talk show hosted by David Letterman for the last 25 years at CBS.  This article explores the persona of Colbert with the silent "t" that he has both inhabited and constructed for most of the last decade.  As one of the most interesting 'roles' in contemporary television, Colbert stayed in character both onscreen and, for the most part, off-screen.  It allows us to explore the dimensions of a public self - a structure of public presentation that resembles Ancient Greeks and their separation of citizenry and domesticity.
Colbert and Letterman selfie via Twitter and CBS

See Marshall, PD (2014) “Stephen Colbert the persona is ending – and I will miss him”  The Conversation, 2 May, 2014, Available online at:

The Cate Blanchett Persona and the Allure of the Oscar

The run-up to the Oscars was interesting in the way that the public persona of Cate Blanchett was constructed and managed by the actor herself. The actors' actor also projected a persona of performance and poise that resembled the persona of Katherine Hepburn in its movement through both entertainment and other spaces. This article investigates that construction of a public personality by the eventual winner of the Best Actress Oscar for 2013.

See Marshall, PD (2014) " The Cate Blanchett Persona and the Allure of the Oscar, The Conversation, 26 February 2014, Available online at:

Celebrity fakes – where porn meets a sense of possession
An unusual domain on the Internet is what is known as celebrity fakes - an entire world populated by graphic and hard-core images of the most famous.  Unlike those ripped from Iphones recently, this is industry is built on the photoshopping of naked bodies with famous heads and are openly acknowledged as fakes.  This article explores the reasons why this practice is both so prevalent and not prosecuted by celebrities and other public personalities.

See Marshall, PD (2013) "Celebrity fakes – where porn meets a sense of possession" The Conversation, 12 December 2013, Available online at:

Glamour photography makes suburban stars of us all
StarShots advertising billboard in shopping centre
Suburban shopping malls cater to efforts at reconstructing us through its construction of consumer possibilities and potentials.  The efforts of firms such as StarShots are to transform the person into a version that matches the structures of fame and allure. This article investigates this 15 year old form of photography and its play with private to public transformation of the self.

See Marshall, PD (2013), “Glamour photography makes suburban stars of us all”, The Conversation, 9 December, Available online at:

Netflix Australia launch could be imminent
Want to know more about the international movements and directions of the online distributor of content, Netflix, and what made it intersect with key transformations in  both the entertainment industry and online culture?  Here is at least one source for a reading of their success and its likely expansion into new markets such as Australia.

See  Marshall, PD (2013) “Netflix Australia launch could be imminentThe Conversation. 26 November. Available online at:

Rewind, repeat: TV’s fame machine is oh-so retro

Harrison Craig, 2013 Winner of the Australian version
of The Voice with Ricky Martin and Delta Goodrem (AAP)
The development of the current array of talent shows appears to be different, but has remarkable similarities in the production of fame to early television's construction of star-making machines. Reading and re-reading of what constitutes popularity is the parallel trope of old and new. This article connects these traditions through some interesting examples.

See Marshall, P. David (2013)“Rewind, repeat: TV’s fame machine is oh-so retro” The Conversation. 5 November. Available online at:

I will update when more popular articles that I have written appear.   The next post: Part three of updating my research work. The focus will be on my recent presentations, videos, interviews and other media sources.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The latest research and writing: Part One - Published

One of the things I am always remiss in doing is providing access to what I have been writing that is beyond this blog. I was noticing that this blog does get a reasonable number of hits over the years. I feel that I should at least provide some direction for those searching for what the infamous P. David Marshall produces for others. I have been chastised recently for having an email signature that was just inordinately long - like a cv. Here is what that email signature looked like and  it provides at least a suggestion of what not to do.  What follows in this post and the next two is a guided tour to my writing. I hope this small gesture will help to reveal my own online persona with a little more sense!

You can always go to my site and hope that I have kept it up to date... Likewise, I have signed on to Research Gate.  Unfortunately, with these locations it may not be possible to load everything. Copyright clearance sometimes gets in the way. Sometimes my lethargy in updating becomes another less-acknowledged but nonetheless real impediment.

Another direction is my university's repository of research. It is called DRO and this is the link to what they have collected and verified as my research. Again it requires me to update. My Deakin profile is another starting point for investigating things as well.

I also try - not perfectly - to update this online version of my CV.

And of course, I flagrantly use Twitter to promote whatever I have finished recently.  Those tweets represent my moments of pride.  My Twitter handle is dmarshallmc and the name hearkens back to the days when we launched the journal M/C in 1998, one of the first online journals exploring media and culture and definitely the first that tried to traverse the worlds of popular culture and academically engaged research. It continues as a location for sophisticated public intellectual discourse of the highest order.

Just a note. I am not a major Facebook player - so that is a place not to look for me. There are lots of reasons for this, but fundamentally my non-use of Facebook began as a technique to separate the personal from the professional realm.  These techniques in and of themselves will serve as a blog post for persona studies and this blog in the very near future....

In classic personal style I have buried my lead - I should be proclaiming what I have published most recently. What follows then is a little guided tour to my recent writing.

Celebrity and Power - the new edition

And I really have had some absolutely sparkling moments.
First is the publication of the new edition of Celebrity and Power: Fame in Contemporary Culture which just came out with University of Minnesota Press this August 2014.  What it contains is a brand new lengthy introduction and a compiled bibliography of research on celebrity over the last fifteen years since the first edition. The focus of the new material is on the new "public intimacy" that has begun to pervade our culture so that our public presentation of ourselves has become pandemic.  It calls for the development of persona studies as a new direction of research that builds from the exploration of how celebrity has charted the presentation of the public self for the last two centuries.  Online culture has been one of the key impetuses for this transformation: the contemporary moment is filled with a new form of etiquette that invokes/demands/invites all of us to work out how we construct a version or multiple versions of ourselves for social media and beyond. The new cover of the book, as you can see, is incredible. And it has some lovely comments on its back that make it even more appealing - like these two:
Marshall’s book offers a scholarly review of critical thinking about celebrity, an original attempt to theorise its function and significance, and a perceptive comment on current trends in contemporary culture. It is a thorough, intelligent and useful contribution to an important subject.

American Studies
Marshall deserves high praise for his skillful handling of the topic from the viewpoints of a wide variety of scholarly disciplines-sociology, political science, psychology, semiotics, linguistics, cinema studies, and cultural studies.


"Persona" Special Issue of M/C

In late June, along with Kim Barbour and Chris Moore, we edited and published a themed issue on persona for M/C- the Journal.  12 incredible articles emerged from our work and an intriguing cover image by Allison Bennett

"Persona to Persona Studies" Article

My own publications in the issue included the co-authored (with my co-editors Kim Barbour and Chris Moore of course) introductory article "Persona to Persona Studies". It provides an interesting passage through the development of persona studies as well as a structured link to the research in the issue and related to persona itself.

"Seriality and Persona" Article

I also wrote what was called the feature article for the persona issue. Entitled "Seriality and Persona", I explore the value of the concept of seriality in understanding the constitution of the mask of identity that defines the idea of persona.  From looking at fictional seriality  - and using Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini in the The Sopranos), Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey from  House of Cards), and Eminem (Marshall Mathers) as key examples - the essay investigates the forms of projection and the structure of repetition that is part of the contemporary moment of constructing the public self.

The first major Persona Studies article

Emerging from a conference keynote I gave in Geneva in late 2010, my article entitled "Persona Studies: mapping the proliferation of the public self" appeared in the major journal Journalism in a  February 2014 special issue devoted to celebrity news. As it links the study of celebrity to this changed cultural landscape where the presentation of the public self is foregrounded, it concludes by announcing a persona studies manifesto where research is needed to investigate the different extensions of the public presentation of the self in professions, in leisure activity and in the constitution of contemporary identity. Here is the full citational details of the article:

Marshall, PD. (2014) “Persona Studies:  mapping the proliferation of the public self” Journalism, February, Vol:15:2 DOI: 10.1177/1464884913488720 Available at, pp. 153-170

My research publications are very clearly thematically related.  I am working very hard at building persona studies as a field of study and, both through my own work and those of my colleagues, it is growing quite rapidly.

More publications will be appearing later in the year and I will work to update and post what is new.
My next post will deal with my more popular articles that I have published recently.  And there will be one further post in this series that will pass on some links to videos, presentations, and radio interviews that I have surfaced through various events and media through the past year. In all, this series will at least provide the material to know what I am up to on the research, writing and presentation fronts.