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Am I Famous Yet? Identity, Celebrity, and the Lure of Social Media


Ken Myers


With the modern loss of traditional matrices of identity and norms of character, the quest to be famous has become a virtually universal obsession. As William Deresiewicz has observed, “The great contemporary terror is anonymity.” The connectivity and pseudo-intimacy of social media  invite the young (and not-so-young) to become energetic publicists and promoters of their personal “brand,” creating even more confusion about identity while feeding shameless vanity. Ken Myers will offer a survey of the ecosystem of celebrity and some alternative practices to nurture a more authentic perception of identity.