Blonde Biographies

9 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2008

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Michael Hemmingson

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Date Written: June 23, 2008


In this paper, I argue that constant and continued news coverage of celebrities create a de facto visual biography in serial form. nfotainment seems to have a penchant for blondes, such as Paris Hilton, Anna Nicole Smith, Natalee Holloway, Amber Fry, etc. These news stories get more coverage than the war on terror and natural diasters; they attract more viewers and hence, more ad revenue. This is superficial news for economic profit.

Keywords: media studies, infotainment, celebrities, ad revenue, profit, news, biography, Paris Hilton, Anna Nicole Smith, blondes

JEL Classification: A00, D46, D51, D84, M13, M14, M31, M37, O31

Suggested Citation

Hemmingson, Michael, Blonde Biographies (June 23, 2008). Available at SSRN: or

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