Mapping the Ambient Awareness of our Participatory Media: 
An Attack on Kim Kardashian is an Attack on America

Holly Meadows-Smith

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On the surface, the expansiveness of the attention around this isolated horror story speaks to the significance of celebrity and the Kardashian name, both to professional media outlets and their readers. 

What's more, the rapid evolution of responses from [social] media illustrates the perpetual cycle of mutual influence between news outlets and their consumers — which can turn a single episode of celebrity crisis into an international conversation on fame, wealth, and womanhood.


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