Journal Article

Twitter and the celebritisation of politics

Publication

Abstract

A distinctive feature of our time is the constant circulation of mediated images of celebrities, a process that has taken new directions after the rise of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. This article draws on the contention that contemporary politics is increasingly celebritised, both in terms of how politicians are folded into specific celebrity frames in the news media and in the way politicians ‘perform’ their own professional and private identities through frequent use of social media. Recently, Twitter has become an established platform for a more personal form of political communication, where politicians can influence and network with news media professionals as well as showcase images of their successful and glamorous lives.

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Details

  • Type:
    Journal Article (peer reviewed)
  • Journal:
    Celebrity Studies, Vol 5, Issue 4.
  • Published:
    2014
  • Language:
    English

About the Authors

Andreas Widholm

Andreas Widholm is Associate Professor of journalism in the Department of Media Studies (IMS) at Stockholm University, Sweden. His research addresses the relationship between media, politics and culture with a particular focus on journalism and so... Read more

Reference

Ekman, M. and Widholm, A. (2014). Twitter and the celebritisation of politics. Celebrity Studies, 5(4).