March 6, 2012

Celebrity gossip: the online obsession

Social media turns celebrity worship from interest to pastime.

The celebrity gossip industry now exceeds a revenue of $3 billion a year, as new entertainment sites emerge daily. Social media has helped the celebrity worship culture turn from merely an interest to an obsession.

Those in the entertainment world have become masters of public self-promotion online and offline. But how much do celebrities and gossip sites collaborate? We look at the popularity of the online gossip and entertainment industry and what impact it is having on society.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to Fred Mwangaguhunga (@Fred_MTO), CEO and founder of Media Takeout; David Perel (@radar_online), managing editor of Radar Online; and James Houran, a celebrity psychologist.

What do you think? What impact is the online entertainment world having on society? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #AJStream.

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