Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. May2011, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p139-158. 20p.
Microblogs, Online social networks, Intimacy (Psychology), Celebrities, and Online information services
Social media technologies let people connect by creating and sharing content. We examine the use of Twitter by famous people to conceptualize celebrity as a practice. On Twitter, celebrity is practiced through the appearance and performance of ‘backstage’ access. Celebrity practitioners reveal what appears to be personal information to create a sense of intimacy between participant and follower, publicly acknowledge fans, and use language and cultural references to create affiliations with followers. Interactions with other celebrity practitioners and personalities give the impression of candid, uncensored looks at the people behind the personas. But the indeterminate ‘authenticity’ of these performances appeals to some audiences, who enjoy the game playing intrinsic to gossip consumption. While celebrity practice is theoretically open to all, it is not an equalizer or democratizing discourse. Indeed, in order to successfully practice celebrity, fans must recognize the power differentials intrinsic to the relationship. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]
Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. Feb2008, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p13-20. 8p.
Online social networks, Internet users, Privacy, Convergence (Telecommunication), Social networks, Computer users, and Websites
Not all Facebook users appreciated the September 2006 launch of the News Feeds' feature. Concerned about privacy implications, thousands of users vocalized their discontent through the site itself, forcing the company to implement privacy tools. This essay examines the privacy concerns voiced following these events. Because the data made easily visible were already accessible with effort, what disturbed people was primarily the sense of exposure and invasion. In essence, the 'privacy trainwreck' that people experienced was the cost of social convergence. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]