I want to finish my short series of posts with a reflective piece. One to get you thinking.
I’ll start by sharing a conversation I had with a friend not too long ago, when she said to me:
‘OMG. I’ve got 499 likes on my photo.’
‘Wow. That’s loads.’ I replied.
‘Do you think you could log in on your work account and like the photo to make it 500 likes?’
Need I say much more?
To be an influencer, or not to be an influencer?
We are living in a world controlled by algorithms and likes. My…
TikTok Takes Over
The year 2020 may have taken away the freedoms that we once took for granted — outdoor exercise, visiting family, even just visiting our friends at a pub. However, staying in meant we became even more reliant and attached to technology (Kennedy, 2020). This was exploited by tech companies, social networking sites and App developers… one App which particularly benefited from this was TikTok.
I’m pretty sure you will have heard of TikTok by now — if you haven’t, have you been living under a rock? …
“There are two main reasons why language changes. One is in line with society and the way that language mirrors the changes in how we relate to each other and organise our culture.” — Seargeant, 2019
We are living in a visual world, where emojis are the newest form of communication, and an Instagram photo holds so much importance and information.
Crystal Abidin uses images to illustrate her arguments throughout her book Internet Celebrity (2018). In an interview with Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson, Abidin highlights three reasons why she does this:
Crystal Abidin’s book Internet Celebrity (2018) analyses the different forms of Internet Celebrities, their purposes and what they contribute to society. Abidin explores the notion that an internet celebrity is not just an influencer, but an internet celebrity can be a ‘normal’ person.
What constitutes as normal, however, is questionable. Laura Grindstaff (2013) argues that ‘normal’ or ‘ordinary’ means that these people do not possess the talents or expertise to be a normal celebrity, but are willing to reveal their private life to audiences as a form of entertainment. …
After reading Crystal Abidin’s (2018) ‘Internet Celebrity’, I was inspired to create this blog to communicate my thoughts about it’s relevance to society.