Quick Follow Up

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Jezebel has a really thoughtful, interesting write-up of the teen’s webcam suicide I wrote about yesterday (“Virtual In-Vanity“). The Jezebel piece focuses more on the the mentality of the online audience, but also touches on some of the themes of exhibitionism and performativity of actors in the online world as well, writing “There is a loneliness and a patheticism that comes with such a thing; for every person trying to be an internet star, there are five or six just trying to be noticed by somebody, anybody at all.” The piece goes on to quote Montana Miller, a professor of popular culture at Bowling Green University, who talks about the “generational desire to live in the most public way possible,” saying “If it’s not recorded or documented then it doesn’t even seem worthwhile. For today’s generation it might seem, `What’s the point of doing it if everyone isn’t going to see it?'”

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About Katie Heimer

I'm a graduate student of media studies at the New School. My main academic interests in the field center around issues of women in the media (both in terms of representations of and access to) and the overlapping issues of media reform and education. This website will serve as a chronicle of my progress and growth, both intellectually and personally, as I navigate my master's of media studies.
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