Social Media ‘Celebrities’ Hannah Douglas Faculty Mentor, Professor Don Krause
How to Spot a Celebrity “The celebrity is a person who is known for his well-knownness.” –Daniel Boorstin, The Image Neal Gabler calls celebrity the new art form of the 21st century.
Seeing ‘Stars’ in Social Media Why do we follow celebrities? Celebrity narratives “medium of life” The celebrity narrative has not changed, but many are now finding fame through social media. Chris Crocker- YouTube videos
Seeing ‘Stars’ in Social Media ctd. Justin Bieber More “klout” than President Obama?
Seeing ‘Stars’ in Social Media ctd. Justin Halpern
Seeing ‘Stars’ in Social Media ctd. Mark Zuckerberg
Seeing ‘Stars’ in Social Media ctd. Antoine Dodson
Seeing ‘Stars’ in Social Media ctd. Online Celebrity Meter Test your own online Fame!
Celebrities at their Computer “One will never know how much of Michael Jackson’s eccentricity was a way to keep his narrative (and his celebrity) going …We don’t know how much of Lindsay Lohan’s behavior is way to keep herself in the public eye when she has no movies to do so.” (Gabler) A changing communication environment that’s becoming more interactive
Celebrities at their Computer ctd. Charlie Sheen “winning” on Twitter
Celebrities at their Computer ctd. Ashton Kutcher on Twitter
Reasons for the ‘Follow’ “The people who post tweets that are completely different from what they are like in front of the camera.” - Quame Hamlin, Editor at Norfolk State Echo
Reasons for the “Follow” ctd. Main reasons for following: 1. Word of mouth celebrity recommendation 2. Intriguing content- whether for entertainment or educational purposes 3. Connection with the celebrity- whether for networking or due to a shared set of ideals
Celebrities at their Computer ctd. The “Wins and Fails” of celebrities’ involvement in social media Death hoax- Jaden Smith, Owen Wilson, Adam Sandler spread online through social media Director Kevin Smith tweets complaint about Southwest Airlines
Conclusion Social Media as a communication tool Celebrity - a connecting element “That is how celebrity works- as a kind of endless daisy chain that amuses us, unifies us, and even occasionally educates us.” (Gabler)