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As evidence of effectively communicating and socialising my research work for the general public, I have been actively initiating and responding to press queries for expert commentaries. My research has been featured in various public, popular media, industry, and academic reports in 21 countries, including notable publishing outlets such as: 

Australia: ABC Radio Far North Queensland, ABC Kimberly, ABC Radio Melbourne, ABC Radio National, ABC News, Australian Network of Student Anthropologists, Buzzfeed, Curtin University News and Events, Drink Tank, Particle, The Australian Forum of Sexuality, The Future Of, ECU News, Education and Health (AFSEH), Harper’s Bazaar Australia, Mamamia, Mandurah Coastal Times, QUT Digital Media Research Centre, Scimex, Sonshine fm (98.5), Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, The Conversation, West Australian, Western Independent
–Austria: Austrian Broadcasting Corporation
: Edgeryders
–China: Jiaoyouwang, JingDaily, Sina 财经头条, Sina 新浪财经, xmtongju, YY乐享, 泡面小镇, 好奇心研究所, 微信公共平台, 批判传播学, 科技创新网
Estonia: Postimees
–Finland: Aalto University, Allegra Lab
–France: EuronewsFrance Culture, La Fiva, MIXTE, Ozinzen, Slate FR
–Germany: Dieponderzoek, Falter, Medienrealität, Universität Siegen, Volkstheatre
–Indonesia: The Jakarta Post
: Associazione Italiana Di Sociologica, East Online, ibuzzworld, Speciale Tg1 RaiTV, Vivere Urbino
–Netherlands: Dieponderzoek, Institute of Network Cultures
–New Zealand: The Human Show, The Organization for World Peace, Selfie Reflective
–Norway: BI Norwegian Business School,, Media City Bergen
–Spain: CNET en Español
–Singapore: A Magazine, Business Insider, Channel News Asia, Institute of Policy Studies, LKYSPP IPS Update, The New Paper, The Straits Times, TODAY Singapore, Vulcan Post
–Sweden: Handelsrådet, it-retail, MMTC News, TheSwedishLad
Turkey: TRT World
UAE: Electra Street
UK: BBC, Emerald Publishing, Female First, The Guardian, Huffington Post, London College of Communication, Minute Hack, The National Student,, Shortlist Media, Times Higher Education, Visual Social Media Lab
–USA: Antenna, Anthropology Now, The Asia Digital Life Project (ADLP), The Atlantic, The Baffler, Buzzfeed, CaMP Anthropology, Cleveland Review of Books, dmlcentral, Education Week, Elle, Facebook Research, Forbes, GameSpot, Gizmodo, Katie Couric Media, Longreads, Media Commons, Medium, MSN Lifestyle, New Books Network, News On 6, New York Magazine, On the Media, Pacific Standard Magazine, Pathos Labs, Vice, Vox, Wired
Vietnam: Zing


[22] “直播恋爱的网红有点奇怪,不过更奇怪的是爱看这些的人.” 科技创新网, 18 June 2020. <Article>

[21] “书评 | 朱杰:“网红”为什么这样“红”?” 批判传播学, 17 May 2020. <Article>

[20] “How chain mail has changed and why people still send it.” ABC Life, 11 May 2020. <Article>

[19] “Motherhood Through The Looking ‘Gram.” Elle, 8 May 2020. <Article>

[18] “Viral influencers.” Western Independent, 28 April 2020. <Article>

[17] “Messaging COVID-19.” Pathos Labs, April 2020. <Playbook>

[16] “Coronavirus could finally pop the influencer bubble.” Vice, 24 April 2020. <Article>

[15] “‘Stop Eating Bats’: Asian-Australia Instagrammers Are Facing Racist Abuse During The Pandemic.” Buzzfeed, 15 April 2020. <Article>

[14] “Bookshelf Picks: Dr Zoetanya Sujon on digital culture.London College of Communication, 14 April 2020. <Article>

[13] “Influencers and Covid-19 – with Dr. Crystal Abidin.” TheSwedishLad, 5 April 2020. <Video>

[12] “Kids Used To Want To Go To Space; Now They Want To Be Youtube Stars.” A Magazine, 20 March 2020. <Article>

[11] “Finding, Losing and Striving for Fame Online – with Dr Crystal Abidin.” Selfie Reflective, 17 March 2020. <Podcast>

[10] “Know your meme: Internet pop culture is the new language of activism.” Curtin University, 10 March 2020. <Article>

[9] “The Perma-Viral World of the At-Home Nose Job.” Wired, 26 February 2020. <Article>

[8] “L’avis Est Belle.” MIXTE, 14 February 2020. <Article | Article | Translated snippet>

[7] “The future of Internet Fame.” The Future Of, 03 February 2020. <SpotifySimplecast | Webpage>

[6] “A panel of youth leaders spoke passionately about their causes…” Institute of Policy Studies, 29 January 2020. <YouTube | Facebook>

[5] “Singapore’s growing generation gap: Divide between young and old along social and political lines.” The Straits Times, 29 January 2020. <Article>

[4] “Politics and authority.” The Straits Times, 29 January 2020. <Article>

[3] “Continue to be angry productively, say young panellists to other millennials fighting for causes.” TODAY Singapore, 21 January 2020. <Article | Post>

[2] “Panel II of #SP2020Politics featured 4 young non-governmental actors…” Institute of Policy Studies, 20 January 2020. <Post>

[1] “‘A modern-day beauty pageant’: the mothers who pay to endorse brands online.” The Guardian, 06 January 2020. <Article>


[70] “Tiktok Activism: Teen Uses TikTok App To Shine A Light On Persecution of Uighurs In China.” The Organization for World Peace, 19 December 2019. <Article>

[69] “20 for 2020.” Harper’s Bazaar Australia, December 2019. <Images | Text>

[68] “The Big Read: What ‘OK boomer’ reveals about the divide between Singapore millennials and their elders.” Channel News Asia, 09 December 2019. <Article>

[67] “Comment la suppression des ‘j’aime’ change Instagram.” BBC Worklife, 06 December 2019. <Article>

[66] “Der Aufstand der Mädchen auf TikTok.” Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, 27 November 2019 <Article>

[65] “Under the Influence: Watch(wo)men.” Longreads, 22 November 2019. <Article>

[64] “Parents warned not to post photos of kids on Tinder.” Mandurah Coastal Times, 13 November 2019. <Article>

[63] “Dating app is child’s prey.” West Australian, 6 November 2019. <Article>

[62] “Child influencers are big business in Russia.” TRT World, 4 November 2019. <Video 07:16–09:50>

[61] “China’s ‘Mini-Me’ Culture is Perfect for Luxury Brands.” Jing Daily, 3 November 2019. <Article>

[60] “ASEAN Forum 2019 – Dr Crystal Abidin.” Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, 18 October 2019. <Podcast>

[59] “He pretended to be a black woman online and became famous – then his life unraveled.” The Guardian, 16 October 2019. <Article>

[58] “Influencer: Das Ich als wirtschaftliches Projekt? (Influencer: The ego as an economic project?)” Medienrealität, 14 October 2019. <Article>

[57] “How to reach consumers through social media? GITEX experts answer.” Euronews, 12 October 2019. <Video>

[56] “La technologie : des réseaux sociaux à l’écosystème startups (Technology: from social networks to ecosystem startups).” Euronews, 11 October 2019. <Article>

[55] “Influencers: The psychology of internet & social media cultures.” Local Search, 6 October 2019. <Video>

[54] “Wahlkampf in der Inszenierungsfalle (Election campaign in the staging trap).”, 23 September 2019. <Article>

[53] “Seven wonders of the social media influencer.” Drink Tank, 20 September 2019. <Article>

[52] “Students are fighting climate change, one TikTok video at a time.” ABC Online, 19 September 2019. <Audio>

[51] “Students are fighting climate change, one TikTok video at a time.” ABC News, 19 September 2019. <Article>

[50] “What Kind of Work Is Live Streaming?” Electra Street, September 2019. <Article>

[49] “The Post-Truth World of Influencer Romances.” Wired, 29 August 2019. <Article>

[48] “How turning ‘likes’ invisible is changing Instagram.” BBC, 24 August 2019. <Article>

[47] “Brodie ‘Youngbloods’ Moss quit his job as an electrician to become a full-time YouTuber.” ABC Kimberly, 17 August 2019. <Article>

[46] “The Stage Moms of Social Media.” The Quirky, Mamamia, 26 July 2019. <Podcast>

[45] “Instagram is trying to help the way its users feel by making major changes.” ABC Far North Queensland, 24 July 2019.

[44] “Instagram Hiding Like Count.” 98.5 Sonshine fm, 18 July 2019. <Audio>

[43] “World Emoji Day.”98.5 Sonshine fm, 17 July 2019. <Audio>

[42] Al via la Digital Media Studies Week, a Urbino i maggiori esperti di comunicazione digitale.” Vivere Urbino, 24 June 2019. <Link>

[41] “Digital Media Studies Week, a Urbino i maggiori esperti internazionali di comunicazione digitale.” Vivere Urbino, 13 June 2019. <Link>

[40] “Digital Media Studies Week.” Associazion Italiana Di Sociologia, n.d. <Link>

[39] “为什么女人被称为影响者,而男人被称为创造者。” 泡面小镇, 30 May 2019. <Link>

[38] “#Podcast round up: Best of March & April.” Allegra Lab, 29 May 2019. <Link>

[37] “Perché le donne sono chiamate ‘influenti’ e ‘creatori di uomini’.” ibuzzworld, 29 May 2019. <Link>

[36] “Why women are called ‘influencers’ and men ‘creators’.” Wired, 29 May 2019. <Link>

[35] “On YouTube, fans punish stars by making a sport of unsubscribing. This guy keeps track.” ABC News, 25 May 2019. <Link>

[34] “The Trials And Tribulations Of Being An Overwatch Pro.” GameSpot, 17 May 2019. <Link>

[33] “Babies are now the new stars of Instagram, but at what cost?” MSN Lifestyle, 13 May 2019. <Link>

[32] “Crystal Abidin on her book, Internet Celebrity.” CaMP Anthropology, 13 May 2019. <Link>

[31] “How I Tried to Defy the Facebook Algorithm.” The Atlantic, June 2019. <Link>

[30] “Crystal Abidin: A portrait of MMTC’s Affiliate Researcher and her work with Internet Cultures.” MMTC News, 3 May 2019. <Link>

[29] “Crystal Abidin, Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online, Emerald Publishing 2018.” New Books Network, 29 April 2019. <Podcast>

[28] “Are You Into Sharenting?” Katie Couric Media, 25 April 2019. <Link>

[27] “The Gentle Side of Twitch.” Gizmodo, 24 April 2019. <Link>

[26] “Striking a chord through humour: What’s in a meme?” The Straits Times, 20 April 2019. <Link>

[25] “Wie sieht die Zukunft des Geldes aus?” Universität Siegen, 15 April 2019. <Link>

[24] “Dr. Crystal Abidin presenting her research on Instagram Influencers and Social Media Culture.” BI Norwegian Business School, 9 April 2019. <Link>

[23] “Crystal Abidin: On world of internet celebrity.” The Jakarta Post, 8 April 2019. <Link | pdf>

[22] “像Fyre Festival这样的灾难已经玷污了YouTube和Instagram明星的蓬勃发展。现在,业界顶级品味制造商有一个新计划:保持真实.” YY乐享, 5 April 2019. <Link>

[21] ““C’est authentique, vous savez?”: Pourquoi le secteur des influenceurs en ligne devient “authentique”.” La Fiva, 5 April 2019. <Link>

[20] “‘It’s genuine, you know?’: why the online influencer industry is going ‘authentic’.” The Guardian, 5 April 2019. <Link>

[19] “Chúng ta dễ bị trầm cảm khi theo dõi nhiều người nổi tiếng trên mạng.”, 4 April 2019. <Link>

[18] “Dr Crystal Abidin – What is an ‘influencer’ in a news media context?” QUT Digital Media Research Centre, 3 April 2019. <Clip>

[17] “Forskare kollar influencers.” it-retail, 2 April 2019. <Link>

[16] “MMTC Research Fellow Crystal Abidin in partnership with Regional Transformation to AAA project gives a series of practitioner’s seminars and workshops in Jönköping.” MMTC News, 29 March 2019. <Link>

[15] “Om VIKTEN av ATT VÄLJA INFLUENCER med omsorg.” Handelsrådet, 28 March 2019. <Clip>

[14] “The Case Against Following Social Media Influencers.” Medium, 28 March 2019. <Article>

[13] “Wie wird man eigentlich #InfluencerIn?” Universität Siegen, 20 March 2019. <Clip>

[12] “Blog Report MoneyLab#6: Monetizing the Social.” Institute of Network Cultures, 14 March 2019. <Article>

[11] “You need to listen to your audience.” Media City Bergen, 12 March 2019. <Article>

[10] “Des enfants mitraillés de photos sur des comptes Instagram sponsorisés, les voilà réduits à l’état d’accessoires.” Ozinzen, 9 March 2019. <Article>

[9] “MMTC Research Fellow Crystal Abidin in international Media.” MMTC News, 8 March 2019. <Article>

[8] “Cover:父母在Instagram上“打造”孩子,已经成了一门生意.” Sina 财经头条, 6 March 2019. <Article>

[7] “Dans la vraie vie des enfants stars d’Instagram.Slate FR, 1 March 2019. <Article>

[6] “How Parents of Child Influencers Package Their Kids’ Lives for Instagram.” The Atlantic, 28 February 2019. <Article>

[5] “Secret sex lives of Gen Z: the hysteria about their ‘lack of sex’ doesn’t add up.” ABC News, 31 January 2019. <Article>

[4] “Social Cyborgs.” The Baffler, 31 January 2019. <Article>

[3] “Splash Damage.” News-to-Table, Medium, 19 January 2019. <Article>

[2] “The Global Culture War For YouTube Supremacy.” On The Media, WNYC Studios, 19 January 2019. <Podcast>

[1] “Family Influencers: The ACE Family.” media commons, 10 January 2019. <Article>


[27] “Integrity Foundational Research Awards.” Facebook Research, 21 December 2018. <Article>

[26] “Why YouTube’s Biggest Star Can’t Be Canceled.” New York Magazine, 15 December 2018. <Article>

[25] “In the Spotlight: This Month @ IPS.” LKYSPP IPS Update Issue December 2018, 14 December 2018. <Issue>

[24] “YouTube’s most popular user amplified anti-Semitic rhetoric. Again.” Vox, 13 December 2018. <Article>

[23] “Curtin research boosted by $8.9 million in ARC grants.” Curtin University News and Events, 4 December 2018. <Article>

[22] “Jälgijate ostmisest kättemaksupornoni ehk internet on üks rõlge koht (The purchase of followers for revenge is one of the best places on the internet).” Postimees, 12 October 2018. <Article>

[21] “With Risky Teen Drama, Facebook Further Blurs the Line Between Real and Fake.” Education Week, 4 October 2018. <Article>

[20] “What you need to know about the rapidly changing world of internet celebrity.” Huffington Post, 25 September 2018. <Article>

[19] “An Introduction to the Affection Economy – On Crystal Abidin’s “Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online”.” Cleveland Review of Books, 21 September 2018. <Article>

[18] “Shadow Economies Of The Influencer Industry.” Minute Hack, 19 September 2018. <Article>

[17] “Book Review: Internet Celebrity – Understanding Fame Online by Crystal Abidin.” The National Student, 11 September 2018. <Article>

[16] “‘There’s too much pressure on your relationship’: What it’s like to break up on YouTube.” Shortlist Media, 24 August 2018. <Article>

[15] “New and noteworthy – 9 August 2018.” Times Higher Education, 9 August 2018. <Article>

[14] “5 Misconceptions about internet celebrities by Crystal Abidin.” Female First, 31 July 2018. <Article>

[13] “Is a meme born in a private account still a meme?” Wired, 27 July 2018. <Article>

[12] “Perth set to host international conference exploring children and the internet.” Scimex, 3 July 2018. <Article>

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

[10] “Career code: The tools and strategies that keep you advancing at work.” Forbes12 June 2018. <Link>

[9] “Photos of minors shared, sexualised on microblogs.” The Straits Times, 7 May 2018. <Article | pdf 01pdf 02>

[8] “JIBS MMTC research fellow on Forbes list.” MMTC News, 5 April 2018. <Article>

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

[6] “These are the 24 trailblazers from Singapore on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia list for 2018.” Business Insider, 28 March 2018. <Link>

[5] “Meet The 24 Inspiring Individuals In Singapore On Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List 2018.” Vulcan Post, 28 March 2018. <Link>

[4] “Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia: Media, Marketing & Advertising.” Forbes, 27 March 2018. <Article>

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

[2] “Brand Experience Through New Media: Youtube Influencers and Social Media Celebrities – Panel.” Aalto University, 23 March 2018. <Video>

[1] “Cultures of Internet Celebrity on Youtube – Crystal Abidin.” Aalto University, 23 March 2018. <Video>


[20] “Interview with Dr. Crystal Abidin from #AoIR2017.” Association of Internet Researchers, 6 December 2017. <Video>

[19] “Bitte lächeln! (Please smile!)” Volkstheater, 5 December 2017. <Article>

[18] “Sharenting en privacy: tips om de digitale rechten van kinderen te respecteren (Sharenting and privacy: Tips to respect children’s digital rights)” Dieponderzoek, 27 October 2017. <Article>

[17] “Crystal Abidin presents research about young children in viral social media videos and their crossover into the television industry.” MMTC News, 25 September 2017. <Article>

[16] “From YouTube to TV and Back Again.” Particle, 19 September 2017. <Article>

[15] “Crystal Abidin’s research about Chinese photo-editing app MeituXiuxiu quoted by media.” MMTC News, 13 September 2017. <Article>

[14] “How social media videos turn children into viral sensations.” Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio National (RN), 11 September 2017. <Audio>

[13] “International conference explores risks and benefits of young children’s internet use.” ECU News, 6 September 2017. <Article>

[12] “阿坝上门服务-‘我们甚至没用任何付费推广’ (Aba services claim they do not use paid promotions)” Jiaoyouwang, 3 September 2017. <Article>

[11] “Postdoctoral Fellow Crystal Abidin interviewed by radio show.” MMTC News, 28 August 2017. <Article>

[10] “Business Briefing: the ‘get rich quick scheme’ influencing what you buy.” The Conversation, 25 August 2017. <Audio>

[9] “国产美图软件如何成为91神器官网下载 全球爆款?(How did Meitu become China’s most popular app?)” xmtongju, 24 August 2017. <Article>

[8] “Dr. Crystal Abidin joins MMTC as postdoctoral researcher.” MMTC News, 23 August 2017. <Article>

[7] “国产美颜软件为什么能征服老外 (How a local beauty app caused foreigners to conform)” 微信公共平台, 5 May 2017. <Article>

[6] “Slime safety: concerns about the latest online craze.” Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio National (RN), 3 May 2017. <Audio | Transcription>

[5] “直播恋爱的网红有点奇怪,不过更奇怪的是爱看这些的人 (Internet celebrities who broadcast their love are weird, but the fans who watch them are weirder).” 好奇心研究所, 7 April 2017. <Article>

[4] “Why Watching People Break Up on YouTube Is So Addictive.” The Atlantic, 3 April 2017. <Article>

[3] “Onlife: il mio Speciale Tg1 su come il digitale sta cambiando noi esseri umani (Onlife: Special TG1 episode on how the digital is changing us humans).” Speciale Tg1 RaiTV, 29 January 2017. <Site | YouTube>

[2] “美图秀秀为什么一夜间在美国爆红?(Why did MeituXiuxiu attain popularity overnight in the US?)” 新浪财经, 26 January 2017. <Article>

[1] “That Weird Glamour Shot Selfie App You’re Seeing Is Called Meitu.” Buzzfeed, 19 January 2017. <Article>


[12] “Social media influencers in the Swedish and Scandinavian retail.” Handelsrådet, 7 December 2016. <Article>

[11] “Tra viralità e orientalismo, come PPAP è diventato un fenomeno globale (Between virality and Orientalism, PPAP has become a global phenomenon).” East Online, 5 November 2016. <Article>

[10] “Meet the Op3n Fellows | Community clinics, medical drugs manufacturing, digital griefing and more.” Edgeryders, 11 October 2016. <Article>

[9] “Truck driver goes ‘live’ to kill time.” The New Paper, 21 August 2016. <Article>

[8] “Las estrellas de Snapchat: ¿Nacen o se hacen? (The stars of Snapchat: Are they born or made?)” CNET en Español, 12 August 2016. <Article>

[7] “Communicative <3 Intimacies: Influencers and Perceived Interconnectedness.” The Sociological Review, 2 August 2016. <Article>

[6] “The new science of cute.” The Guardian, 19 July 2016. <Article>

[5] “Tulsa Viral Video Star: Life After 15 Minutes Of Fame.” News On 6, 1 April 2016. <Article | Companion blogpost>

[4] “Attentats de Bruxelles : l’hommage des dessinateurs (Brussels attacks: The tribute of the designers).” France Culture, 23 March 2016. <Article>

[3] “Crystal Abidin, who was just named ‘The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30’ by Pacific Standard magazine has become an affiliated researcher of MMTC.” MMTC News, 18 March 2016. <Article>

[2] “Who are the people anticipating—and working to solve—tomorrow’s big social problems?” UWA Students, 9 March 2016. <Feature>

[1] “The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: Crystal Abidin.” Pacific Standard Magazine, 3 March 2016. <Article>


[11] “‘Rosablogger’ et nedsettende begrep, mener professor i digital kultur (“Rosa Blogs” a derogatory term, says professor of digital culture)”, 18 December 2015. <Article | Translation>

[10] “Marketing on Instagram through tags.” Feed Reader, 29 November 2015. <Article>

[9] “When authenticity and advertising collide on social media.” The Conversation, 10 November 2015. <Article>

[8] “Planning to discuss the Essena O’Neill story with young people? Read this first….” The Australian Forum of Sexuality, Education and Health (AFSEH), 6 November 2015. <Article>

[7] “Selfie Pedagogy III: Networked Spaces, Slut shaming and Putting Selfies in Dialogue with Theory.” dmlcentral, 1 October 2015. <Article>

[6] “Selfie Pedagogy II: Internet Identity and Selfie Practice.” dmlcentral, 10 September 2015. <Article>

[5] “Work Hard, Dream Big: May with Crystal Abidin.” Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) Newsletter, June 2015. <Feature>

[4] “Singapore’s booming subculture of Instagram influencers.” The Asia Digital Life Project (ADLP), 28 May 2015. <ArticleAudio>

[3] “Selfie Citizenship: The political uses of personal social media photography.” Visual Social Media Lab, 22 April 2015. <Article>

[2] “Unpopular Responses to Lee Kuan Yew’s Death That Have Sadly Been Misunderstood.” Vulcan Post, 27 March 2015. <Article>

[1] “The Gendered Politics of Digital Brand Labor.” Antenna, 18 March 2015. <Article>


[4] “The rise of the selfie and the monetisation of social media.” Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio National (RN), 12 November 2014. <Article | Indonesian translation>

[3] “In defence of the Selfie.” Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio National (RN), 24 October 2014. <Audio | Transcription>

[2] “This is.” UWA Students, 20 October 2014. <Feature>

[1] “#OccupyCentral on Instagram: Unpacking the Protest Through its Visual Tropes.” The Asia Digital Life Project (ADLP), 18 October 2014. <ArticleAudio>


[1] “ANSA’s Profile of the Month.” Australian Network of Student Anthropologists (ANSA), June 2013. <Profile>

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