A Model of Mediated Social Connections

  • Neil M. AlpersteinEmail author


A model of mediated social connections is explored as a contemporary extension of imaginary social relationships based on parasocial interaction with digital media. The chapter looks historically at the notion of celebrity, fame and media figures and uses as the starting point the theoretical model of imaginary social relationships proposed by John Caughey and the process of parasocial interaction developed by Horton and Wohl. The chapter provides an understanding of how these theoretical concepts may be applied to a world in which digital media change our relationship, not only to technologies but also to ways we connect to people we may admire, like, love or perhaps hate—people we know about, but really do not know.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CommunicationLoyola University MarylandBaltimoreUSA

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