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Celebrity Obsession: How the Internet
is Fueling the Fire
By: Carolyn Kosturik
10091172
She’s tried everything to
stay in the spotlight.
She rocketed to fame
through a leaked sex
tape, became infamous
for her 7...
“With the click of a button, people can see where their friends are checking in on Facebook,
what they are doing on Twitte...
The Internet has become our predominant
news source, fueling our celebrity obsession.
Image via Flickr: Clanlife
Our society
treats stars like
modern-day
gods,
following their
every move,
and focusing
on their
intimate lives
rather tha...
We follow celebrities on Twitter, Instagram,
and Facebook through a device that lives in
our pocket – physically and intim...
“The creation of Twitter has seemingly closed
the gap ever so slightly between “us regular
folk” and celebrities”. – Nicol...
COUPLED WITH INSTAGRAM, WE CAN FOLLOW
THEIR EVERY MOVE, ADMIRE THEM, AND HANG ON
TO THEIR EVERY THOUGHT.
Image via Flickr
“Instagram
provides a very
different glimpse
into a celebrity's
life. It is almost
as if they become
their own
paparazzi a...
64% of
Instagram’s most
followed accounts
are of celebrities.
Celebrities
64%
Misc.
17%
Brands
9%
"Cheaters"
5%
Influencer...
CELEBRITIES CREATE NOISE IN
OUR BRAINS
51% of 18-20 year olds said that being famous was their
most important or second mo...
Author James Halpern
discovered that 23% of
students aspire to be the
president of a university like
Harvard or Yale, whil...
Celebrity
Worship
Syndrome
(CWS)
When a celebrity
becomes a central
figure in a person’s life
Image Flickr: Gertcha
“The Internet
enables
extreme
displays of
CWS —
several fans
have become
famous
themselves,
video-
blogging
their way to
n...
“Beliebers”
virtually
support Justin
Bieber, despite
his seeming
lack of moral
judgement.
Trending…
Image via Twitter: Kel...
Image via Flickr:
Jon Rawlinson
Fandoms are
a collective group
of celebrity
worshippers who
create virtual
communities
through social
media outlets
Image ...
Members often become
so deeply involved in
someone or something
they want moreout of
it.
Fan
Blogs
Fan
Fiction
Infographic...
Researcher John
Maltby found
evidence to
suggest that
“intense-personal
celebrity worship
was related to
higher levels of
...
This often leaves overly-obsessed teenagers with i m p a i r e d
relationships, including parents, friends, and significan...
love them or hate them, you
cannot ignore them
Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance generated
306,100 tweets per minute
…She was a...
The Mirror Effect
Facebook
users feel
the need
to become
‘mini
celebrities’
Image via Flickr: Cea.
Scrolling through
Facebook is like
scrolling through
the tabloids of our
own lives
YouTube gives us an opportunity to
show...
Our digital age + instant
and constant access to the
web = our growing
obsession with celebrities
Self-taken image
References
Billboard Staff. (2013, September 10). Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' Video Breaks Vevo Record. Billboard Biz. Re...
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Celebrity Obsession

  1. 1. Image via Flickr: Jonathon Kos-Read Celebrity Obsession: How the Internet is Fueling the Fire By: Carolyn Kosturik 10091172
  2. 2. She’s tried everything to stay in the spotlight. She rocketed to fame through a leaked sex tape, became infamous for her 72 day marriage, and displays her life on a reality show with her family. Image via Wikimedia Commons
  3. 3. “With the click of a button, people can see where their friends are checking in on Facebook, what they are doing on Twitter, and even check apps regarding their favorite celebrities”. - Alyssa Gauna In our connected world it is easy to guess who this person is: Image via StarSpotter Kim Kardashian
  4. 4. The Internet has become our predominant news source, fueling our celebrity obsession. Image via Flickr: Clanlife
  5. 5. Our society treats stars like modern-day gods, following their every move, and focusing on their intimate lives rather than their talents. Images via Pinterest
  6. 6. We follow celebrities on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook through a device that lives in our pocket – physically and intimately connecting us to their extravagant lifestyles. Image via pixabay: Thomas Ulrich
  7. 7. “The creation of Twitter has seemingly closed the gap ever so slightly between “us regular folk” and celebrities”. – Nicolle Hodges
  8. 8. COUPLED WITH INSTAGRAM, WE CAN FOLLOW THEIR EVERY MOVE, ADMIRE THEM, AND HANG ON TO THEIR EVERY THOUGHT. Image via Flickr
  9. 9. “Instagram provides a very different glimpse into a celebrity's life. It is almost as if they become their own paparazzi and provide us a behind the scenes look at their lives”. – Thibaut Davoult Image via Instagram: kimkardashian
  10. 10. 64% of Instagram’s most followed accounts are of celebrities. Celebrities 64% Misc. 17% Brands 9% "Cheaters" 5% Influencers 5% INSTAGRAM'S TOP FOLLOWED ACCOUNTS Celebrities Misc. Brands "Cheaters" Influencers Self-taken image
  11. 11. CELEBRITIES CREATE NOISE IN OUR BRAINS 51% of 18-20 year olds said that being famous was their most important or second most important life goal… They become our ROLE MODELS. Image via Flickr: Michael_Spencer
  12. 12. Author James Halpern discovered that 23% of students aspire to be the president of a university like Harvard or Yale, while 43% aspire to be the assistant to a celebrity. Image Via Lindsey Holder
  13. 13. Celebrity Worship Syndrome (CWS) When a celebrity becomes a central figure in a person’s life Image Flickr: Gertcha
  14. 14. “The Internet enables extreme displays of CWS — several fans have become famous themselves, video- blogging their way to notoriety”. – Kate Leaver Image via Flickr: Johnathon_Roberts
  15. 15. “Beliebers” virtually support Justin Bieber, despite his seeming lack of moral judgement. Trending… Image via Twitter: Kellydu851
  16. 16. Image via Flickr: Jon Rawlinson
  17. 17. Fandoms are a collective group of celebrity worshippers who create virtual communities through social media outlets Image via Flickr
  18. 18. Members often become so deeply involved in someone or something they want moreout of it. Fan Blogs Fan Fiction Infographic by Natalia Alamdari
  19. 19. Researcher John Maltby found evidence to suggest that “intense-personal celebrity worship was related to higher levels of depression, anxiety and stress”. – Rachel Lewis Image via Flickr: John Christian Fjellestad
  20. 20. This often leaves overly-obsessed teenagers with i m p a i r e d relationships, including parents, friends, and significant others. Image via Flickr: coutinhobr
  21. 21. love them or hate them, you cannot ignore them Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance generated 306,100 tweets per minute …She was also broke the 24 hour VEVO record with 19.3 million views for ‘Wrecking Ball’ Image via Instagram: mileycyrus
  22. 22. The Mirror Effect Facebook users feel the need to become ‘mini celebrities’ Image via Flickr: Cea.
  23. 23. Scrolling through Facebook is like scrolling through the tabloids of our own lives YouTube gives us an opportunity to showcase our talents Image via Flickr: Neal Fowler
  24. 24. Our digital age + instant and constant access to the web = our growing obsession with celebrities Self-taken image
  25. 25. References Billboard Staff. (2013, September 10). Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' Video Breaks Vevo Record. Billboard Biz. Retrieved May 22, 2014 from http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/5687346/miley-cyrus-wrecking-ball-video-breaks-vevo-record Davoult, T. (2013, October 29). The Instagram Million Followers Club. Nitrogram. Retrieved May 21, 2014 from http://analytics.nitrogr.am/blog/analyzing-top-instagram-accounts/ Gauna, A.(N.d). Negative Influences of Celebrities on Teens. divinecaroline. Retrieved May 21, 2014 from http://www.divinecaroline.com/life- etc/friends-family/negative-influences-celebrities-teens Harris, S. (2011, July 30). Facebook and Twitter are creating a vain generation of self-obsessed people with child-like need for feedback, warns top scientist. MailOnline. Retreived May 20, 2014 from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2020378/Facebook-Twitter- creating-vain-generation-self-obsessed-people.html Hodges, N. (N.d). Media Monsters: Why are we so obsessed with celebrities? Vancity Buzz. Retrieved May 21, 2014 from http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2012/08/media-monsters-why-are-we-obsessed-with-celebrities/ Leaver, K. (2012, September 3). Justin Bieber is Not Really Your Friend. The Global Mail. Retrieved May 21, 2014 from http://www.theglobalmail.org/feature/facebook-notification-justin-bieber-is-not-really-your-friend/363/ Lewis, R. (2012, November 20). Does your child have celebrity worship syndrome? The National. Retrieved May 21, 2014 from http://www.thenational.ae/lifestyle/well-being/does-your-child-have-celebrity-worship-syndrome Worzel, E. (2013, February 19). “Fandoms” Reach New Heights With Technology. The Legacy Press. Retrieved May 20, 2014 from http://www.kclegacypress.com/2013/02/19/fandoms-reach-new-heights-with-technology/ Images Under Creative Common License on Flickr, pixabay, Pinterest, and Self-Taken

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