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Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online is now available on pre-order in paperback and e-book via the Emerald Publishing website here (discount code: “LIKE”). Printable flyers are available here. Review copies are available upon request. Expected publishing date: 16 July 2018. For bulk discounts, to engage me for a talk, or for press enquiries, please contact me.

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Purchase

A discount is available if you order directly from the Emerald website and use the code “LIKE”. If you are an instructor looking to purchase copies of the book for your class, bulk discounts are available at 50 and 100 copies.

Alternatively, purchase your copy from Amazon or Google.

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Book talks 

18 September 2018: [title tba] Higher Seminar Series, Department of Media and Communication Studies, Södertörn University, Stockholm.

05 September 2018: [title tba] Seminar Series, Department of Media and Communication, Lund University, Lund.

01 June 2018: “Tap that, Hack that, Map that: Economies, Cultures, and Materialites of Instagram.” Instagram Conference 2018, London. <Link | Abstract>

01 May 2018: “The Influencer Industy: Histories, economics, and cultures.” Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. <Register | Abstract>

27 April 2018: “The Next Generation.” Theorizing the Web, New York. <Video | Link | Link>

21 March 2018: “From internet celebrities to Influencers.” MMTC Research Seminars, Jönköping.

15 March 2018: “Cultures of internet celebrity on YouTube.” Brand Experience through New Media. Aalto University & Vaasa University, Helsinki. <Register | Link | Video 01 | Video 02>

22 January 2018: “Internet celebrities and the mainstream press in the age of viral media.” CCAT Seminar Series, Perth. <Abstract>

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Press

“SocietyNow: Why study ‘frivolous’ topics like internet celebrity and selfie culture?” Emerald Publishing, 15 June 2018. <Podcast>

“Internet celebrity and Influencer cultures.” Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio Melbourne, 11 April 2018. <Audio>

“Crystal Abidin: Influencers, Youth Online and the Intersections of Social Media and Traditional Media.” The Human Show, 27 March 2018. <Podcast>

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Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Preface
1. What is an Internet Celebrity Anyway?
…A brief history of internet celebrity
………Traditional celebrities
………Ordinary people as celebrities
………Reality TV celebrities
………Celebrity-audience relations
………DIY celebrity
………Microcelebrity
………Internet celebrity
………What about traditional celebrities on the internet?
…Conclusion
2. Qualities of Internet Celebrity
…Exclusivity
…Exoticism
…Exceptionalism
…Everydayness
…Conclusion
3. Internet Celebrity and Traditional Media
…Eyewitness viral stars
………Cashing in on catchphrases
………Is it wrong to laugh?
………Who profits?
…Meme personalities
………Face of memes
………Meme personae
………Meme celebrities
………Unwilling memes
…Spotted and groomed investments
………The Ellen factory
………Commodified childhoods
…Crowd-puller cameos
………Lending fame
………When borrowing backfires
………Censorship across platforms
…Weaponized microcelebrity
………Context and control
………YouTubers talk back
…Conclusion
4. From Internet Celebrities to Influencers
…Architecture of the Influencer industry
………Blogshops, commercial blogging, and Influencers
………Influencer agencies and managers
………Generating income
…Shadow economies of the Influencer industry
………Bot followers & Account purges
………Hashtag spam & Shadow ban
………Instagram pods & Twitter decks
…Global implications of the Influencer industry
………Economics
………Legality
………Culture
………Social issues
…Recent shifts in the Influencer industry
………Archive culture → Streaming culture
……….Tasteful consumption → Amateur aesthetic
……….Platformed fame → Cross-platform Influence
………Attention economy → Affection economy
………Quantitative metrics → Qualitative impact
…Conclusion
Postface
Endnotes
Further Reading
…Digital platforms + Content creation
…Digital tools + Self-branding
…Blogging + Fashion
…Internet-native formats + User norms
…Internet celebrity + Culture
Index

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This page was last updated on 18 Jun 2018.