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Internet Celebrity : Understanding Fame Online - Crystal Abidin

Internet Celebrity

Understanding Fame Online

By: Crystal Abidin

Paperback | 16 July 2018 | Edition Number 1

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The face of internet celebrity is rapidly diversifying and evolving. Online and mainstream celebrity culture are now weaving together, such that breakout stars from one-hit viral videos are able to turn their transient fame into a full-time career.

This book presents a framework for thinking about the different forms of internet celebrity that have emerged over the last decade, taking examples from the Global North and South, to consolidate key ideas about cultures of online fame. It discusses the overall landscape, developments and trends in the internet celebrity economy, and cross-cultural lessons.

About the Author

Crystal Abidin is Postdoctoral Fellow with the Media Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC) at Joenkoeping University, Sweden, and Adjunct Researcher with the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT) at Curtin University, Australia.

As a socio-cultural anthropologist of vernacular internet cultures, particularly young people's relationships with internet celebrity, self-curation, and vulnerability, she has published extensively on Influencers, a multimedia form of vocational internet celebrity, and is currently working on projects in East Asia, Australia, and Scandinavia.
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This book examines contemporary internet celebrity and fame, with examples from China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, England, Sweden, and the US and platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Tumblr, Twitter, and YouTube. It explains what internet celebrity is, including its history; the qualities of internet celebrity, focusing on exclusivity, exoticism, exceptionalism, and everydayness; the relationship between internet celebrity and traditional media, with discussion of common types of internet celebrity (viral stars, meme personalities, spotted and groomed investments, crowd-puller cameos, and weaponized microcelebrity); and influencers and the influencer industry. -- Annotation (c)2018 * (protoview.com) *

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