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Fame and Celebrity Within A Virtual World: A Case Study Of World Of Warcraft
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Despite the vast amount of research conducted by media academics over the past decade, little is known about the concept of internet celebrity, or e-celebrity, within an online-gaming environment. The overall impression that emerges from literature in this field is that e-celebrity has been studied in popular, user-based or social networking websites. However, this paper aims to contribute to the field by further exploring the role, concept and practices of e-celebrity within a virtual world: the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game World of Warcraft. By exploring Marwick’s concept of micro-celebrity and by studying players via qualitative means using virtual ethnographic participant observation supported by interviews, the data collected in this paper aims to add nuance to our understanding of the changing concept of celebrity on a virtual level.

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2012. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
World of Warcraft, virtual world, MMORPG, celebrity
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-77680OAI: diva2:534817
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-08-12 Created: 2012-06-18 Last updated: 2013-08-12Bibliographically approved

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