Celebrity/Stardom

#SCMS14: Klout & The ‘Influence’ Economy

March 28, 2014
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#SCMS14: Klout & The ‘Influence’ Economy

Klout attempts to quantify the ephemeral, subjective concept of online influence through social media analytics. What does such a number mean for how we consider self-presentation online?
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Accessing Beyoncé

December 31, 2013
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Accessing <i>Beyoncé</i>

Though initially met with surprise, the pop star returns to a number of themes with Beyoncé and will again, regardless of how she chooses to distribute them.
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Conflicted Coverage: ESPN and Johnny Manziel

September 5, 2013
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Conflicted Coverage: ESPN and Johnny Manziel

ESPN reacted to Heisman-winner Johnny Manziel's controversial return to college football with both praise and criticism. What message are they trying to send to viewers, and why is it important culturally as well as financially?
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Let’s talk about search: Some lessons from building Lantern

August 14, 2013
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Let’s talk about search: Some lessons from building Lantern

This week, Lantern, a search and visualization platform for the Media History Digital Library, reached its first wide public.
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On Wearing Two Badges: Indifference and Discomfort of a Scholar Fan (LeakyCon Portland)

July 31, 2013
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On Wearing Two Badges: Indifference and Discomfort of a Scholar Fan (LeakyCon Portland)

Part 2 of a 7 part series on LeakyCon focuses on the struggles of being both an academic and a fan.
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The Deanna Durbin Cult

May 7, 2013
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The Deanna Durbin Cult

The figure of the recently passed Deanna Durbin (1921-2013) is fascinating today because of how it embodies a sensibility within stardom: the cult of the child star.
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Creating is Collecting

May 2, 2013
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Creating is Collecting

The culture of contemporary baseball card collecting is an excellent example of how creativity can serve as a satisfying replacement for traditional economic incentives.
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Mutants from the Cultural Gene Pool: Reality Parodies on Kroll Show

January 25, 2013
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Mutants from the Cultural Gene Pool: Reality Parodies on <i>Kroll Show</i>

Comedy Central's new sketch comedy program Kroll Show offers an infinite regression of media industry meta-discourses, recreating a dominant reading position that masquerades as oppositional.
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Rosario Dawson and the Ambiguous Blackness of Latinidad

August 5, 2012
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Rosario Dawson and the Ambiguous Blackness of Latinidad

The film work of actress Rosario Dawson helps media studies scholars address overlooked social discourses concerning Latina/o mixed race subjectivity.
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Whatever Happened to the Devil’s Music?

July 3, 2011
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Whatever Happened to the Devil’s Music?

Surely in the final minutes of the last day of the Glastonbury rock festival, people are supposed to look sick, bedraggled and filthy, following a weekend of unfettered debauchery, but those kids are just too clean!. Come to think of it, why is Beyonce headlining anyway?
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Sarah Palin, Anti-Fandom, and the Nature of Political Celebrity

July 1, 2011
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Sarah Palin, Anti-Fandom, and the Nature of Political Celebrity

With the release of the new documentary on Sarah Palin, the former governor takes umbrage at the "hate" directed toward her by Hollywood celebrities. She either doesn't understand celebrity culture or understands it all too well.
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Late to the Party: Let’s Get Small and A Wild and Crazy Guy

January 20, 2011
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Late to the Party: <i>Let’s Get Small</i> and <i>A Wild and Crazy Guy</i>

In the latest installment of Late to the Party, I familiarize myself with Steve Martin's classic stand-up comedy albums.
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In Memoriam: The Late, Great Leslie Nielsen

December 13, 2010
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In Memoriam: The Late, Great Leslie Nielsen

Remembering the man Roger Ebert once called "the Olivier of spoofs."
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