There are several accounts of celebrities sharing their thoughts on resisting active social media presence. The reasons can be supported by many of the topics and key terms discussed in class. Most notably the term super-publics and selfie, seem to fuel the celebrity fire fight against social media and dana boyd’s “digital architectures”.
In Vanity Fair’s article, over a dozen opinions are cited and all generally conclude to a level of self discipline and disinterest in the selfie.
One of the key concerns with the “super public” is the unknown audience you reach. Now as a 21 yearold non-celebrity, my personal audience is pretty much limited to people I have allowed in my circle online. However, in the case of celebrities, they have an immense magnified surveillance in both public spheres.
Kristen Stewart, the lead actress of the Twilight movies comments, “Twitter f—s me over every day of my life. Because people go, ‘I’m sitting next to Kristen Stewart right now’ and then [the paparazzi] show up.” In this example, the online super public is a parasite that feeds off of tangible public space.
Chris Hemsworth would argue that a narcissistic and selfie filled online presence, is abusing your success as an artist. “I think there’s a danger of being overexposed with that stuff. The mystery of who you are is what keeps people interested in wanting to see you on the screen. Also, it’s easier for them to believe you as that character if they don’t know too much about you. It’s hard not to be overexposed these days with the Internet.”
On the note of selfies, I’ll let Amy Poehler have the final word.
“Most people are so f—–g boring that they should shut up, and you should have to get a license. And I’m volunteering to be in charge of the licenses . . . Go write it in a journal and mail it to your grandma.”