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Presenters: Cassandra Alexopoulos, YoYo Zhan

May 18, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

Kerr Hall 386

Presenter: Cassandra Alexopoulos

Title: "My Celebrity Blocked Me on Twitter Again”: A Content Analysis of Celebrity Worshippers’ Online Forum Posts

Abstract: Much of the research on celebrity worship has relied on close-ended survey measures of audience behaviors and beliefs about celebrities. The current study provides a more candid picture of people who experience celebrity obsession. In a content analysis of celebrity worshippers' online forum posts, we found that repetitive behaviors providing some form of escapism were more common than behaviors associated with pathological over-identification with the celebrity. Writers were reluctant to divulge any information about their celebrity, expressing the false belief that their celebrity is their soul mate. Focusing on the more advanced stages of celebrity worship, the present study lends support to McCutcheon et al.'s (2002) Absorption-Addiction Model.


Presenter: YoYo Zhan

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