Obsession is such an ugly thing.
Just spent nearly nine hours counting every mention of a celebrity in last week’s issues of Star, Us, People, and In Touch, to see if the total numbers would confirm a theory I had about transference and celebrity culture.
Good news: it did! The numbers were nearly exactly what I had guessed.
Bad news: now I need to get at least two back issues of each of those mags from two different weeks over the past few years and count it all again to see if the numbers stay in the same range. I think I can buy back issues of people easily, but some of the others are harder.
Do you know, I didn’t even know Blake Shelton existed ‘til tonight, but he’s in 21st place on a list of 811 for most mentioned.
When I’m done (if the numbers continue to support me) I’m going to try to sell an article about it, and interview some celebrities (no doubt really minor ones are all I could get my hands on) and social scientists and people who follow celebrities and whatnot.
Does anyone collect gossip mags or have ideas for how I could get my hands on some issues from set time periods?