Monday, March 21, 2016
Supplemental Post #5: Thank You, Buzzfeed
Buzzfeed has a few pieces which I find extremely valuable because they delve deeply into the public persona of certain stars. The first one I came across was Angelina Jolie's Perfect Game, which I immediately sent to my sisters because I thought it was a fascinating study of her image as a celebrity. A few months later, I came across How Taylor Swift Reversed Female Opinion To Become The Most Famous Pop Star In The World, which was a complex study of her fame trajectory complete with numerous pictures and other pieces of media evidence, furthering the value of this analysis of celebrity culture. The particular piece that prompted this blog post was How Jennifer Garner Went Full "Minivan Majority" , which is an impressive and complex study of Jennifer Garner's persona transition in relation to her role as Ben Affleck's wife and a mother to three children. I find it brave and intriguing that Buzzfeed has taken on these topics, especially when they are known for their short lists and things that are fast and easy to read. I'm thankful that they encourage complex analysis of celebrities because a lot is going on behind the scenes that we don't necessarily consider. These pieces are the type of content I hope to create and distribute one day as a cross-over between Pop Culture and Academia.