Camgirls: Celebrity and Community in the Age of Social Networks

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Peter Lang, 2008 - Social Science - 150 pages
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This book is a critical and ethnographic study of camgirls: women who broadcast themselves over the web for the general public while trying to cultivate a measure of celebrity in the process. The book's over-arching question is, «What does it mean for feminists to speak about the personal as political in a networked society that encourages women to 'represent' through confession, celebrity, and sexual display, but punishes too much visibility with conservative censure and backlash? The narrative follows that of the camgirl phenomenon, beginning with the earliest experiments in personal homecamming and ending with the newest forms of identity and community being articulated through social networking sites like Live Journal, YouTube, MySpace, and Face-book. It is grounded in interviews, performance analysis of events transpiring between camgirls and their viewers, and the author's own experiences as an ersatz camgirl while conducting the research.
  

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Contents

Authenticity
15
The Future
33
From Telepresence
55
The Public the Private and the Pornographic
77
From Friends to Friends
97
Conclusion Moving FromSistersto Sisters
115
Bibliography
141
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About the author (2008)

The Author: Theresa M. Senft is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of East London. Her books include History of the Internet: A Chronology, 1843-Present (co-authored), and a special issue of Women & Performance devoted to sexuality and cyberspace (co-edited). Senft has published in The New York Times, appeared on U.S. National Public Radio, and was featured in the documentary Webcam Girls.

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