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From OJ to the Kardashians

Clay Carr, Pepperdine studentThe definition of a public figure, in today’s society, has gotten so muddled that it is hard to identify anymore. It seems as though anyone with an Instagram account and a few followers can be considered a public figure. A perfect example, like you stated in the prompt, is the Kardashian family. If someone could please tell me what any of the Kardashian girls did to become famous, I would love that. This is a perfect example of a public figure who did absolutely nothing to…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Oct 31, 2017

What’s in a public figure?

Cayley Olivier, Pepperdine student When looking at the dictionary definition of a public figure in the realm of United States law, the definition includes politicians, celebrities, or business leaders who hold some sort of influence over others. That realm includes everyone from President Trump to Kylie Jenner's lips. However, with brands now using micro-influencers, to target their consumers even more ‘organically’ it does beg us to ask the question of what it really means to be a public figure?

If you have ever been on an Instagram explore page,…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Oct 30, 2017

Margarita Monday Woes

Madison Harwell, Pepperdine studentWhile the situation is unfortunate and the typical reaction is to get justice by suing your potential employers at PeR, LMYou, and maybe even the aggregator Dine magazine – That claim is unfound referring to the ruling of Neiman Marcus v. Lait and Weinstein v. Bullick. While there is a cause of action because I’m hypothetically a member of a small class being the student organization abbreviated PEP, their reasoning in not hiring me after the interview stage is found and not a discrimination based on…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , First Amendment , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Oct 25, 2017

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