I’d never heard the term “micro celebrity” until Andrew Baron, of Rocketboom, posted a note to the video blog list about a new video blog/podcast/whatever called pop17, hosted by Sarah Meyers. (I later found this article in Wired from November 2007 on the topic.)
Since Andrew recommended it, and I love Rocketboom, of course I watched an episode and then subscribed, and enjoyed the episode.
A big part of the first episode was Sarah interviewing people on the street regarding internet celebrities and phenomena, and, not surprisingly most people hadn’t heard of anything. (In fact, I was disappointed that I didn’t know many of the topics/people either, and I like to think I’m some sort of a connoisseur of web culture).
This relates very much to a comment one of my student’s made on another post. The interesting thing here is that we forget, or, at least I forget, that to be immersed in the web is still a brand new thing, and it’s something that relatively few of us share. I’m not talking about using the web, I’m talking about being immersed in the web. (Like someone who would actually be reading this blog post by Richard who wasn’t required to do so for class).