Stephen Vitiello (VCU) is one of the most prominent members of a small but growing field: sound artists. In one of his most memorable works, he attached microphones to the windows of the 91st floor of the World Trade Center to record the creaking of the building. Vitiello’s outdoor installation piece “Whoosh,” played for two weeks in Turin , Italy during the Winter Olympics.

Also featured: Modern notions of fame and celebrity in America began in the 1920’s and 30’s when radio and movies gave stars mass audiences. In his book, What Price Fame, Economist Tyler Cowen (GMU) defends our obsession with celebrity.

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