Conclusion: What About Us?

  • Neil M. AlpersteinEmail author


This chapter is based on an extensive ethnographic interview with a fan who exhibits extreme admiration for a couple that are Olympic ice dancing champions. The interview describes the role that the skaters play in her everyday life and the ways in which watching their videos functions as a means to reduce stress. Moreover, through a deep connection established on social media, the informant explores her mediated social connections with other fans and followers and the friendships she has formed though her travels to see the skaters perform. Through this analysis, we can extrapolate from her experience how culture has evolved from the parasocial to imaginary relationships to mediated social connections in the age of digital media.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CommunicationLoyola University MarylandBaltimoreUSA

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