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Camgirls: Webcams, Livejournals And The Personal As Political In The Age Of The Global Brand
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 conf ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Peter Lang Pub Inc
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I'm incredibly biased as a) I'm in this book, but more so b) because Terri shared it with a few of us as it developed on LiveJournal. That's right -- LiveJournal, don't hate. I can't read it without having massive camgirl nostalgia. But more importantly, this is the first seriously academic research on microcelebrity. On its own, that's a huge break from the Airport Book style anecdotal "think" stuff that gets written about What The Kids Are Doing On the Internet. And in this case, we were kids ...more
Jul 12, 2009 Alice rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: academics, feminists, former or current camgirls, internet nerds
This is a terrific critical ethnography of webcam girls. A solid addition to feminist internet studies and the book where Senft coined the term "micro-celebrity." Recommended.