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Figures are in the media

In the past, a public figure actually had to do something of relevance or importance to be considered as such. This is no longer the case in the 21st century. A public figure now could be anyone from a YouTube makeup artist to a dog with more Instagram followers than most humans. While it seems that almost anyone competent enough to work a smartphone could do this, I still think that there is a defined, yet sometimes faded, the line between these “public figures” and regular folks like us.

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Nov 06, 2017

Public figures differ from community to community

Many times people see as synonyms the words “public figure” and “celebrity”. I believe a celebrity is definitely a public figure, but not every public figure is a celebrity. This being said, a public figure can be defined as a person whose name is out in “public” and has some sort of influence on a group of people or in the world in general.

In today’s society, it is particularly easy to become known through the Internet or through some social media platform. For instance, someone can gain…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Nov 02, 2017

More followers, the more influence

I believe that public figures are those that have a large following, who have “fans” and “followers” that have most likely never met them personally but know about their life, interests, or opinions on various topics. These days, public figures range from YouTube stars to Instagram influencers to the typical actor or talk show host. With social media creating new platforms for influencers and public figures to create content and express themselves, the view of who a public figure is has evolved from what it once was. For…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Nov 01, 2017

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