Simon Blackburn/ Olivier Driessens/ Edith Hall
6.30 – 8pm | Monday 8 May 2017
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE
Simon Blackburn, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; Professor of Philosophy, New College of the Humanities
Olivier Driessens, Lecturer in the Sociology of Media and Culture, University of Cambridge
Edith Hall, Professor of Classics, King’s College London
Peter Dennis, Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE and Fellow, Forum for European Philosophy
If video killed the radio star, how are we to understand celebrity in a world of Twitter, YouTube, and reality TV? Has the social function of celebrity changed, or are new kinds of celebrities performing the same function in different ways? Our panel will consider what celebrities are for, what their rights and responsibilities might be, and what our attitude towards celebrities ought to be.