Is it good to gossip? Gossip is important for making friends In an industrial society where there is considerable mobility, using gossip about celebrities to bond with co-workers can be an important weapon in our social armoury.
But beyond this proliferation of gossip sites, the web has transformed our relationship with celebrity. The media apparatus that bolstered the ascent of particular personalities to public recognition was highly structured even 15 years ago, according to sociologist P David Marshall, author of The Celebrity Culture Reader.
Sure, scandals happened and tongues wagged, but now, thanks to long camera lenses and a free-to-access publication platform that reaches around the world, digital technologies have upset the balance of a highly strung industry.
The audience is in charge, armed with a smartphone and a wi-fi connection. This makes us potentially more dangerous to the celebrity than ever before. Then, the worst George Clooney might have faced was a busload of strangers armed with the star maps they got from a hawker in Sunset Boulevard standing outside his well-guarded Beverly Hills fortress.
But not only has the web transformed how we interact with our idols, we the audience have also wrested the power to create celebrities from the traditional star-makers. We can now act outside the system, promoting ourselves using similar techniques as the studios, using carefully placed pieces of media and cultivating followings among specifically targeted communities.
We can also thrust unwitting people into the spotlight by posting a video on Twitter or Facebook for our friends to see and pass on. Web fame is a moving target and utterly unpredictable. At a conference about internet trends inhe said it was about cultivating those personal connections by engaging with communities and by getting mentioned on important blogs for your particular shtick.
Notoriety is a strange bedfellow, thrusting bizarre responsibilities upon people who may suddenly become well known for being the only person followed on Twitter by Kanye West, as was the case with Coventry student Stephen Holmes in the summer ofor for recording a misjudged video of themselves pretending to be a Jedi knight, as happened to Canadian Ghyslain Raza in Such accidental celebrity can cause unexpected hardship for the person now doorstepped by the global media or bullied into seclusion.
The web offers carte blanche for attention-seekers, whether they are already famous or want to be. Yet online fame is still only second-best. The Star Wars Kid will never be nominated for best supporting actor. But then again, he might forever have some sort of following online and a small but steady income based on guest appearances at supermarket openings.JUMP TO THE LATEST ENTRY IN THE INFINITE JEST LIVEBLOG TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction to the Liveblog Don’t Read the Foreword, pgs.
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One point that should be made immediately, and Andrea McDonnell argues this very well, is to be careful not to dismiss the genre as trivial. I value McDonnell’s arguments about the pleasure . DataLounge - Gay Celebrity Gossip, Gay Politics, Gay News and Pointless Bitchery since I think the heuristics against “taking advantage of people’s misery” makes sense, because sometimes there are situations where some people cause other people’s misery in order to take advantage of it later.
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