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Internet Fame


On the internet, anyone has the potential to become a celebrity. Some actively seek internet fame by carefully cultivating their online identity; while others may become unwitting internet celebrities when a stray, unflattering image of themselves is used as the subject of a meme.

In this episode, David is joined by digital anthropologist Dr Crystal Abidin, to discuss the rise and fall of both ‘deliberate’ and ‘accidental’ online celebrities.

  • Why influencers are more than just product-pushing advertisers (2.17)
  • How the law affects social media influencers differently to traditional advertisers (9.23)
  • How a social media platform changing, or closing down entirely, affects both influencers and their fans (14.05)
  • The rise of people being memed and accidentally becoming celebrities (17.24)
  • Why we’re shifting away from picture-perfect, professional social media influencers and valuing those who are more authentic (23.44)
  • On the rise of virtual influencers and other trends (28.28)

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You can read the full transcript for the episode here.