ddpcult271webOn the occasion of the publication of “Celebrities and Publics in the Internet Era,” Public Culture and the Institute for Public Knowledge invite you to a discussion with contributing authors Sharon MarcusAlice MarwickSusan Murray, and Dana Polan. The event will be moderated by Terri Senft and followed by a reception with the authors.

"Celebrities and Publics in the Internet Era,” a special issue of Public Culture guest edited by Sha­ron Marcus, asks how new digital media platforms such as search engines, Twit­ter, Facebook, Instagram, GIFs, and YouTube have qualitatively changed celebrity culture. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the luxury selfies of micro­celebrities like Kane Lim to performance artist Marina Marina Abramović’s collabora­tions with Jay­-Z and Lady Gaga, from the karaoke standard in shows like American Idol to Syrian singer Assala’s media battle with the Assad regime, from the “emotion economy” of reality TV to the influence of network entrepreneurs like Tim O’Reilly, the essays in this special issue identify core structural features that contribute to the development of a new theory of celebrity.

This event will take place on Friday, February 13, 2015, from 6-8pm, at IPK on the 5th floor of 20 Cooper Square. For more information and to RSVP, please visit the event page.


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