I’m not tall, nor am I particularly short – about average, really.
‘I thought you’d be taller’ harks back to the days before digital media, said to movie stars or television personalities by us common folk, who happened to stumble across them. There was commercial advantage in having the media of the day represent a slightly enhanced version of themselves.
Celebrity culture has been changed by ‘a more interactive matrix of online behaviours in Web 2.0, characterized by social networking, audio-visual representation, and everyday tools for creative expression’ (Cover, 2014, p. 56).
Rather than being represented by traditional media, celebrities use new media to engage in self-presentation (Marshall, 2010). What’s more, we are celebrifying ourselves. Marshall suggests celebrities have taught us how. Continue reading