Recently, there has been a lot of mass media speculation on YouTubers, as they post personal content and user generated content on their YouTube sites. A big issue that has appeared among news media was in regards to PewDiePie, or Felix Kjellberg, who was speculated as being pro-Nazi by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The Wall … More YouTubers and Their Celebrity Status
In my last post, I described some of the issues associated with celebrities dealing with mental illness having control of their own social media accounts. Giving the public live, minute-by-minute updates as their mental health crisis progresses — as Amanda Bynes did, for example — can’t be the best way to deal with inner demons. … More Celebrities as destigmatizers
Youtube, blog posts, facebook, Instagram, etc, these all have one thing in common, the comment section. A vast wilderness in multiple corners of the internet, the comment section allows users of any media platform post their opinions concerning the content. As is any normal conversation, there are good responses and bad responses with mixed levels of … More Don’t Read The Comments
The fact that celebrities’ public images have long been heavily managed by agencies or PR specialists is not a novel observation. This is still the case, of course. Interviews and late night tv appearances are important tools for shaping public perception, which is vital currency for celebrities. Social media, however, has given celebrities a media … More Celebrities, twitter and “meltdowns”
The first instance that I was told that a celebrity is insane was the meltdown of Britney Spears in 2007. Bald headed, rage-infused, and off the deep end- Britney Spears was the highlight of every tabloid and news media. As years went on, more celebrities were called out by the media for their mental breakdowns … More OMG! She’s gone crazy!
Following the US Presidential Elections of 2016, the negative rhetoric behind fake news sources and reports on social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, began to explode, as President Donald Trump began to pinpoint certain news agencies and sources and calling them out for reporting facts incorrectly. This rise in fake news and the … More Fake News and Its Impact on Social Media
In considering how to make the news more accessible to folks with anxiety and PTSD, highly emotional and distressing news events like terrorists attacks are cases of interest. An October 2014 Washington Post article by Shana Gadarian, an assistant professor of political science at Syracuse University, summarized the author’s research on the effect of sensationalist TV … More The terrorists are coming
Before the birth of social media, mainstream media was the main source of news and media content. As the television became a more common device people used, people referred to the evening news and hourly news updates on the air to get their information. However, as social media became a larger sensation and as people … More Mainstream Media Creeping into Social Media
My previous post explored the “information gathering problem” for folks with mental health issues. People with anxiety issues often have to make a decision between staying informed and suffering the effects of a frightening news story. Especially this year, they’re not the only ones suffering from this problem. An October 2016 Politico article described a spike … More Is Facebook Fast Food?
In my Children and Mass Media class, my professor asked the class if any of us have voluntarily left facebook. Multiple people raised their hands. One student was called on to explain why she left facebook, and she replied “I couldn’t deal with the political posts. I just could feel the energy leave me as … More Taking a Break from Facebook Politics