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Procrastiprogress updates from the cave VII.

Moshimoshi folks,

How has your 2016 been? This is the last procrastiprogress update for the year!

It’s been a bumper crop year for me in terms of academic writing despite the most challenging year of my life so far, so please allow me to revel in the sense of satisfaction with this post as I round up my newest words.

In 2017 I will be focusing on finishing up a few sole-authored, co-authored, and co-edited monographs as I continue writing here at wishcrys and on Cyborgology, and editing for PopAnth. I will also be embarking on new research projects on the commodification of weddings in East Asia with the Department of Sociology at NUS, on digital folklore with the Asia Research Institute, and on Influencers in Sweden with the Swedish Retail and Wholesale Council.

If our research interests intersect and you’d like to chat, please feel free to write to me. 2017 is set to be looking very exciting – I can’t wait to throw myself into fieldwork again.

Hope your Christmas was wonderful; I spent mine among my favourite people, across homes, and on beaches. Have a lovely New Year!

Over and out,



Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Sex Bait: Sex talk on commercial blogs as informal sexuality education.” Pp. tbd in Palgrave Handbook of Sexuality Education, edited by Louisa Allen and Mary Lou Rasmussen. <Abstract | Book>

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Influencer Extravaganza: A decade of commercial ‘lifestyle’ microcelebrities in Singapore.” Pp tbd in Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography, edited by Larissa Hjorth, Heather Horst, Genevieve Bell, and Anne Galloway. London: Routledge. <Book>

Abidin, Crystal, and Mart Ots. 2016. “Influencers Tell All? Unravelling Authenticity and Credibility in a Brand Scandal.” Pp. 153-161 in Blurring the Lines: Market-driven and Democracy-driven Freedom of Expression, edited by Maria Edström, Andrew T Kenyon, and Eva-Maria Svensson. Göteborg: Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research. <Purchase book | OA book | Chapter>

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Visibility labour: Engaging with Influencers’ fashion brands and #OOTD advertorial campaigns on Instagram.” Media International Australia 161(1): 86-100. <Paper | Link>

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Aren’t these just young, rich women doing vain things online?: Influencer selfies as subversive frivolity.” Social Media + Society 2(2): 1-17. <PaperLink>

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Agentic cute (^.^): Pastiching East Asian cute in Influencer commerce.” East Asian Journal of Popular Culture 2(1): 33-47 <Paper | Link>

“2006-2016: From Lonelygirl15 to Lil Miquela.”, 19 September 2016. <Link>

“Gross is the new like? Grotesque microcelebrity and carnivalesque commerce.” Cyborgology, 24 August 2016. <Link>

“A few shifts in the Influencer industry.”, 3 August 2016. <Link>



Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Vote for my selfie: Politician selfies as charismatic engagement.” Pp. tbd in Selfie Citizenship, edited by Adi Kuntsman. London: Palgrave. <BookDiscount code>

Warfield, Katie, Carolina Cambre, and Crystal Abidin. 2016. “Introduction to the Social Media + Society Special Issue on Selfies: Me-diated Inter-faces.” Social Media + Society 2(2): 1-5. <PaperLink>


Internet culture

“From Subversive Frivolity to Normativity: A lineage of Trump memes.” Cyborgology, 15 November 2016. <Link>

“Singaporeans react to Donald Trump.”, 9 November 2016. <Link>

“Eyewitness virality, Racism, and Journalistic responsibility.” Cyborgology, 2 November 2016. <Link>

“Pen Pineapple Apple Pen and the Lifecycle of Internet Virality.” Cyborgology, 29 September 2016. <Link>

“Singaporeans react to the National Day Parade #NDP2016 on Twitter.”, 10 August 2016. <Link>

“Anonymous and trolling in context: An interview with Gabriella Coleman.” PopAnth, 13 April 2016. <Link>

“Outages, Corporate communications, and Customer service.”, 11 April 2016. <Link>


Grief on the internet

“Every Place at Once.” Real Life, 17 November 2016. <Link>

“Young People and Grief in Digital Spaces.” Edgeryders, 11 October 2016. <Link>

“Grief hype-jacking and Saturation fatigue.” Cyborgology, 12 September 2016. <Link>

“#RIPSRNathan and Young People’s Social Memory on Twitter.”, 23 August 2016. <Link>

“Instagram reacts to the Brussels attacks.”, 22 March 2016. <Link>

“The First Hour Post-#JakartaBlasts on Instagram.”, 14 January 2016. <Link>


Public coupling

Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Happy #monthsary babe!: Vernacular readings and practices of monthsaries among young couplings on social media.” Networking Knowledge 9(6): 56-73. <Paper | Link>

“Coupling and Legitimacy in Singapore: Trans bodies, Unwed parents, and Wedding branding.”, 13 April 2016. <Link>


Race and hybridity

Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “‘Just Asian’? Inscribing East Asian mixed race in Australia.” Pp. tbd in Mixed Race Identities in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, edited by Farida Fozdar and Kirsten McGavin. London: Routledge. <Abstract | Book>

“Joseph Schooling and the rush to backstory a champion.”, 14 August 2016. <Link>

“Joseph Schooling and the politics of belonging in Singapore.”, 13 August 2016. <Link>



“Growing Up With Jerry Murad of ‘The Dukes’.” singapore60smusic, 9 January 2016. <Link>

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