Posts made in November, 2012

Our Highest Talent

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Critic's Area | 0 comments

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A PhD on Celebrity Culture – Why Western Australia?

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Critic's Area | 2 comments

Dear Readers, Recently, I have been inundated with a lot of good wishes for having received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Media and Information from Curtin University in Perth, Australia.  I am incredibly grateful for the extensive love, inspiration, and support that I received during my journey there.  I will always remember the enlightened presence of the blessed individuals that came my way during that time. When I began my studies at Curtin University, I believed that I was going for the highest education possible.  In fact, I learned immensely from my critical cultural studies on...

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Creative Artist Ashima Suri – Idols, Re-Birth and Celebration

Posted by on Nov 24, 2012 in Critic's Area | 0 comments

Dear Readers, Toronto-based Creative Artist Ashima Suri’s words are inspiring and shed light on embracing iconic figures in popular culture and in everyday life: “The moment you put someone on a pedestal and idolize them is the moment you begin to move from appreciation to expectation. From unity to separateness. Creating an us vs them model that will never please you…It will just keep you from having a real connection with someone. Leaving you frustrated and alone. Friends – we are all one. We’ve taken different paths, lived different lives, dreamt different dreams but … We are one and...

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Brain Pickings: The Daily Routines of Famous Writers

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Critic's Area | 0 comments

Dear Celebrity Culture Readers, Check out the Daily Routines of Famous Writers at http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/11/20/daily-routines-writers/.  Here, writer Maria Popova draws on personal reflections of popular writers and illustrates the passion and drive that made them famous. With affection and more soon, Samita Nandy

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Reflections on Heroic Qualities in Personal Branding

Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 in Critic's Area | 0 comments

Dear Celebrity Culture Readers, My first post in November is inspired by Oscar Del Santo, a lecturer, consultant, key speaker, and blogger of online reputation in Spain. Santo offers a case study of Canadian pop and country singer k.d. lang to describe how unconventional qualities are key to personal branding and recognition of talent.  He examines vegan, homosexual, and spiritual representations of k.d. lang.  In examining these representations, Santo illustrates how k.d. lang proudly refutes stereotypical images in popular culture and shines as a star.  His post reflects on carving out a...

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