Richard Armitage tangentially related

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~ by Servetus on September 24, 2018.

23 Responses to “Richard Armitage tangentially related”

  1. Oh yes – I remember being quite fascinated by parasocial relationships in the context of RA and his fans. But I hadn’t thought of it as something that goes on between bloggers and readers. But yes – we might well be in a parasocial relationship!

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    • The wikipedia article has developed a lot since back then (just looked at it). It specifically mentions bloggers. What seems to be the sine qua non is the media aspect, i.e., the relationship has to be negotiated at first or most of the time via media.

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  2. Yeah I am not expecting a lot of RA in Tide’s Fall it will be another Wolverine but I am getting used to he’s minuscule roles, I guess its why he is doing so much audiobook work.

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    • I feel like this is a double whammy — tiny role plus medium that only a handful of people can access. It’s weird, I actually think all of this voice work might eventually be the dealbreaker. Not in the sense of a bad breakup but just that I am not that interested in it; I don’t find it all that compelling.

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    • La maladie de sa mère pourrait-être la cause de plein de projets avortés, non envisageables, repoussés… Comment aurait-il pu s’investir dans un travail nécessitant un gros engagement personnel? Les audiobooks sont une bonne alternative. Apparemment, il semble avoir dû mettre sa carrière entre parenthèses. Sachant les délais de préparation et d’engagement nécessaires pour un film, une pièce de théâtre,… ces longs mois, voire une année sans projet ambitieux sont logiques. D’autre part, beaucoup de projets passés sont en cours de réalisation.
      Par ailleurs, je lui souhaite de retrouver une grande force morale et un bon équilibre psychologique, pour affronter le dur monde de l’industrie du spectacle et du divertissement ( sachant en plus son affinité à se plonger dans les drames, les tragédies, la violence, la folie…) Sans oublier qu’il a du dédier une partie de son temps libéré à penser à son propre film sur Bridget Cleary.

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      • I agree — I’m sure he needs to gather his energies, no matter what he is doing, in order to continue pursuing his career (and deal with the events of the last year or so)

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  3. I’ve always thought of ‘parasocial relationships’ in the context of celebrities and their fans, but looking at it as bloggers and their readers puts a different spin on things for me. I am a blog reader, I am a blog writer, I am not a celebrity- and yet the first two are making me look at the third in a new way. perspective 🙂

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    • Weird, huh? I am not a celebrity either but I experience some of the things as a blogger that the youtubers experience. I do actually feel that many readers who comment here are friends on some level. Obviously some I have met and some are very close friends, while others are more in the realm of casual friends. At the same time I do sometimes feel like the blog is a performance.

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      • I agree, no matter how personable the post, an undercurrent of performance runs through it. Whether it’s in getting the wording exactly write or making sure there are no spelling errors, it has more polish than simple interaction.

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        • and there’s a real element of “shooting in the dark” as one can’t see how people are reacting to a post. The comments are the merest indication of that.

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  4. ‘parasocial relationships’ darüber habe ich bisher noch nicht genauer nachgedacht. Danke für den Gedankenanstoß.
    Wenn ich meinem Schatz allerdings von einer meiner Unterhaltungen im Netz berichten will, dann bin ich immer wieder unsicher, wie ich die Unterhaltungspartner bezeichnen soll. Also habe ich das Thema gedanklich wohl doch schon gestreift.

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    • I have that issue, too. I now have quite a few really solid internet relationships and it’s hard explaining to people. I try to be as vague as possible.

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  5. The idea of parasocial relationships between bloggers and readers is definitely one to ponder. I was thinking, too, about my long-distance family members who read my blog. How strange that they know more about what I’ve been doing in my life than I’ve actually told them. And that they now know more about my day-to-day life than I know about theirs. I have a relative who is a YouTuber. (She has around 285,000 followers.) After reading the article you linked, I watched her latest video and found out that she and her boyfriend had broken up and some other life details. Isn’t that strange that I don’t know this from our actual relationship, but only from a one-sided YouTube viewing?

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    • The information imbalance thing can be a real problem (I think back to sometimes when I’d rave to a new friend about an old friend, and then they’d meet, and I’d realize that one of them knew a lot more about the other than vice versa, including things she might not have immediately said).

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  6. Sue, wow good for her to have 285,000 followers which I don’t know that much about YT but seems like a lot of viewers. But YTubers have a schtick don’t they? Something that keeps the viewers attention and makes them come back for more even if it is just the personality of the YTuber. Plus aren’t many of them are earning money now thru the YT channel? My nieces watch some science guy (not Bill Nye) on YT do experiments and something with batteries, I mean it looks boring to me but those two sit entranced watching it.

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    • That’s part of the issue — that people feel compelled to shape what they do on YT precisely because they earn money from it.

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      • Yes right and that in turn leads to the 20 seconds of fame bit where they use their YT popularity to get other projects like Dancing With The Stars (although I’ve never seen this show I thought a YTer was on it) or something else popular today.! It’s not Kardashian level
        but comes in a distant second in my opinion.

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