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What are some examples of audiences helping celebrities?

Asked by sushilovinfun (161points) May 7th, 2011

I am writing a paper about celebrities using social media to have users develop their fame even more. I am thinking of things like Billy Corgan having people post YouTube videos of him on his website to give him more visual prominence. I, however, would love to have a non-musical celebrity who does this. Any thoughts?

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Kardamom's avatar

Just about any actor you can think of has fans that make “fan videos” based on clips from the actor’s movies or TV shows. Then other fans watch them and everybody comments and shares the videos. Some times the fans go onto the “celebrities” Twitter or Facebook page to let them know about the videos that they like. Some times the celebrities will Tweet about a fan video that was made for them, and it goes back and forth.

There’s tons of good fan videos that have been made for all of the actors in the Harry Potter movies on youtube.

There’s also “fan fiction” in which fans write their own stories as though they were “real” TV episodes, or new movies. There are sites dedicated specifically for fan fiction. And there are more adult versions of this that are often called “slash” in which sexual situations are thrown into the mix. These stories are shared amongst the fans and are also put up on the actor’s Facebook page.

Some of the authors that I like have websites and you can go on there and participate in a discussion about their books with other readers and sometimes the author joins in the discussion. All of these things can be “liked” on a Facebook page so that your social network friends can go there and check it out.

Then there are websites that are about a particular celebrity that might promote a “fan gathering” or “fan convention” like Beatlefest or Comic Con or a Star Trek Convention. The managers of the website, get the word out and then the fans themselves spread the info by e-mail and Facebook and Twitter.

The celebrities who have their own websites, often have a day or a time, that they announce ahead of time where the fans can go on and have live discussions with them too.

wundayatta's avatar

Isn’t that how Justin Bieber started out? At first, there were these videos on YouTube. Gradually people discovered them and it grew and grew until he made it out into the real world.

sushilovinfun's avatar

@wundayatta not quite. Basically I am looking for where the fans make artifacts, symbols, etc. of the celebrity by their request. Bieber may have been discovered online, but I don’t know how active his fans are in making his celebrity. They are probably pretty active I would imagine.

wundayatta's avatar

@sushilovinfun Oh Beiber’s popularity was definitely viral. My daughter is proud of finding him before he became famous. Now she’s annoyed at his popularity and doesn’t like him any more. So yeah, his fans were crucial to his rise.

I’m not sure what you mean by artifacts. Do you mean something a fan makes to either send to the star or to post somewhere or somehow as a tribute to the star?

sushilovinfun's avatar

@wundayatta That is pretty much exactly what I mean. I am mostly referring to the work on Celebrity and Religion done by Chris Rojek in his book “Celebrity.” I don’t have the text in front of me, but artifacts are either parts of the celebrity’s ordinary life (think anything from toenail clippings to old shirts they wore) or something they created which brings the fans closer to them, such as a CD, a film, etc. Something that can be “worshiped” because of its connection to the celebrity.

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