Wednesday, March 19, 2008 | Categories: Blog
What's a microcelebrity? No, not a teeny tiny version of Tom Cruise or Angelina Jolie.
As Clive Thompson describes it, microcelebrity is "the phenomenon of being extremely well known not to millions but to a small group -- a thousand people, or maybe only a few dozen."
And microcelebrity is distinct from traditional celebrity in that
Traditional celebrity relies on distance and separation from one's spectators, but as Justin Hall's famous quip, "In the future, everyone will be famous to fifteen people" indicates, micro-celebrity depends on closeness and accountability.
Yesterday, Nora hosted a panel discussion on the phenomenon of microcelebrity. Her guests were: