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Strangers know public figures

Marcy Channon, Pepperdine studentA public figure in 2017 is much different than a public figure thirty years ago – or even five years ago. With the rise of social media and a world obsessed with whistle-blowing small mistakes and celebrating pop-culture, the definition of a true public figure has become uncertain. In my opinion, a public figure is anyone with the ability to influence others through their image, actions, or words. Although arguably anyone can influence someone else to do something, a public figure is set apart from the…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Nov 20, 2017

It’s easy to become a public figure

Mina Kim, Pepperdine studentWhat we use to characterize a public figure has evolved drastically with the birth of the internet into the public domain. With the internet and the different social media platforms that people use to speak their mind, it has become much easier for a singular voice to become recognized by the public. With this recognition comes power, and a person who has never done anything to garner actual fame may gain notoriety just by the content they share and the followers they gain.

What defined a…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Nov 16, 2017

Twitter verification

Twitter VerificationYou’ll remember that in an earlier blog post, we discussed the buying and selling of Instagram accounts and followers.  We ultimately concluded that it’s probably best to attract followers to original content the good old-fashioned way—by doing it yourself.  Today we’ll be looking at something less clear-cut: buying the Twitter verification mark. 

The Twitter verification is a way of distinguishing people who, for whatever reason, have influential power.  They aren’t necessarily smarter or wealthier than the rest of us, but their words have more pull. 

It started out…

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  • Influencers | Social Media
  • Nov 15, 2017

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