Our Dangerous Culture Of Celebritization

Our Dangerous Culture Of Celebritization

Danah Boyd examines the widespread celebritization in society, focusing on the story of one teen's digital persona - 'Kiki Kannibal.'

Emma Hutchings
  • 24 may 2011

Danah Boyd’s article Publicity and the Culture of Celebritization examines the “attention economy” we find ourselves in, where content is driven by attention and publicity, and the Internet offers teens the opportunity to be in the spotlight as “micro-celebrities.” She points to a recent Rolling Stone article about a young girl who created a digital persona on MySpace and attracted a lot of (both positive and negative) attention. We live in a culture that is saturated with celebrity, aided by reality TV and social networking sites, and Boyd believes this is going to have implications for society in the future:

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