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Invisible Celebrity LiteratureAuthor: Simon Sellars • Dec 18th, 2006 •
It begins by outlining the Ballardian aspects of Operation Paget, the inquiry into the death of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed. Chris sets Paget up as the sequel to Ballard’s treasured Warren Commission Report, describing the Diana fest as “eight-hundred-plus pages of pure clinical Ballardian detail remixed with Spectacular Baudrillardian celebrity media fireworks”.
Chris draws a long list of Paget’s ingredients, including:
+ Deadpan evaluations of conspiracy theories involving MI5, MI6, Mossad, CIA, NSA, the Freemasons, the Scientologists and the Royal Mafia.
+ Voyeuristic views from every surveillance camera in Paris.
+ Unintentionally fetishistic dissections of the black Mercedes.
+ Oliver Stone film clip glimpses of the Princess’s contorted post-crash body position and cryptic last words.”
Finally, he bathes in the vectors of speed, violence and celebrity, visiting Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake along the way, before ending with a hypothesis to chill the blood of any 21st-century urban dweller:
Imagine if [the paparazzi] acted with deliberate revolutionary intent, seeking to capture the most hideous possible images of movie stars, the pampered skin of their faces pulled back into horrifying contortions by disused tendons provoked out of their Botox slumber. Surely that would hack the Spectacle, at least for the fifteen minutes before it morphed into the new sexy commoditized cool.
In the meantime, we wait for the secret boxes of evidence collected by Operation Paget to trickle out into the Internet-of-Things via eBay.”
Our Man in Shepperton would indeed be smiling at the remix of neon ghastliness described in this, Chris Nakashima-Brown’s “perfect pathology report on the end of the twentieth century”.
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