Volume 8, Issue 1, June 2020, Page: 12-18
«Look Who's Gone!» Chester Bennington as a Media Hero of Our Time
Francisca Foortai, Faculty of Philosophy, Culturology and Art, Leningrad state University N. A. A. S. Pushkin, St. Petersburg, Russia
Received: Jul. 23, 2019;       Accepted: Oct. 29, 2019;       Published: Jan. 30, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.history.20200801.12      View  205      Downloads  70
Abstract
The article is devoted to the memory of the outstanding American rock musician, singer, poet, charity man, frontman of Linkin Park – Chester Charles Bennington. The text is the first attempt to consider the phenomenon of creativity and personality of Bennington as a media hero on a global scale, aesthetically, mentally and ethically influenced on the mental health of several generations in the first two decades of the new century. Using the fragments from the huge stream of comments in the Network for the musician's departure, the author analyzes some semantic blocks of these messages, revealing in them functional and typological coincidences with the heroes from traditional myths. In particular, the analysis of some semantic blocks of intertext on the death of Chester Bennington, suggests that similar to the heroes of traditional myths, Chester as a media hero performed paternalistic and soteriological functions, acted as an object of adoration (idol), was a role model, his departure marked for millions of fans keen sense of the passage of time. Also in the article, an attempt was made identify the specific features of the media hero, which are due to the special sphere of its existence, namely, media reality. Short, full of incredible turns, hard work, harmful tragic passions, love and compassion, the fate of Chester Bennington during his life began to acquire legendary features.
Keywords
Chester Bennington, A Media Hero, Myth, Function of Adoration, Soteriological Function, Similar Function, Quasicult, Rock-culture, Ascendes/Discendes Hero, People's Religiosity
To cite this article
Francisca Foortai, «Look Who's Gone!» Chester Bennington as a Media Hero of Our Time, History Research. Vol. 8, No. 1, 2020, pp. 12-18. doi: 10.11648/j.history.20200801.12
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