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Camgirls: Celebrity and Community in the Age of Social Networks

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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 conf ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 2nd 2008 by Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers (first published July 1st 2008)
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Melissa
Jul 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Diu
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have read two academic books on camgirls recently - Michele White's "the body and the screen" and this book. White's book is not entirely on camgirls but there is a chapter at least. But I have to say this book is way superior in terms of both its solid ethnographic writings and feminist reflections. It is a book that you would hesitate to put in the academic category and it's a good thing. It's a book you can naturally share with your informants and it's almost as if the book was written for ...more
Adrienne
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Readable and relevant, even ten years later. I admit I may be rating based a good bit on how much I actually enjoyed the book rather than learned from it, but it is definitely worth everyone's read. This is the book that gave the world the concept of "micro-celebrity," and even if that were not the case I would encourage everyone with even a passing interest in the internet, social networks, or feminism to give this a read.
Lauren Levitt
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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I could tell that this book had been written as a PhD dissertation and that it had not been edited heavily because it lacked overall cohesion. However, Senft is a talented storyteller, and she explains complicated media theories in an easy to understand way. I would definitely consider teaching this book in an undergraduate class.
Alice
Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
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Theresa M. Senft is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, Music, Communications & Cultural Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Prior to this she worked at New York University, the University of East London (UK), and the University of the Virgin Islands (US.)

Terri’s work, which tends toward feminist, critical race and postcolonial critique, explores how social media
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