Learned Conversation

Friday, October 11, 2019 | 17.00 – 18.30

My Life, Livestreamed: Influencers and Cult Leaders in the Internet Age

Since the advent of Web 2.0 in 1999, the internet has increasingly become a powerful tool, leading to closer connections between public figures and their followers. The sharp rise in social media usage over the last 20 years allows millions of individuals to participate in each other’s lives as well as those of major influencers. Major social media sites like Instagram and Facebook have embedded livestream features, allowing individuals to watch events in real-time which the livestreamer selectively publicizes. As a result, the phenomenon of the influencer is redefining the very concept of celebrity. Even musicians, politicians, and scientists allow laypeople to “peer into” their lives. Such might result in a perception of intimacy between celebrity and follower, so much that followers might conflate public personas with their own identities. To quote Mr. Kanye West: “No one man should have all that power.”

Do we, then, lose our sense of self as a result of the cult of celebrity? Does everyone deserve a livestream spotlight? Or more specifically, who deserves such a powerful platform? 

Join us in the LAC Conference Room for this Learned Conversation. A reception of cheese, fruit, wine and juice will follow. 
*Everyone* from the Franklin Community at large is warmly invited to attend, independent of background, Major, or academic standing.

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