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Peers can go public

Madison Harwell, Pepperdine studentAn Influencer most broadly is “a person or thing that influences,” though more specifically is labeled “a person who has the power to influence many people, as through social media or traditional media.” In drawing the line between an influencer and the influenced, I would define a public figure as: anyone who has followers that not only consists of their personal connections or even far-reaching connections. In considering my own personal Instagram of 10.2k followers I personally know of less than 2% of my followers, the…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Nov 21, 2017

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

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