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Humanist Archives: June 27, 2019, 2:36 p.m. Humanist 33.113 - fake people

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        Date: 2019-06-26 16:48:48+00:00
        From: Vika Zafrin 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.111: fake people

James O'Sullivan asks, perhaps in jest:

Are any "influencers" real people?

My surprisingly serious answer is yes, which I mention here because university
students are encouraged and practically trained by both commercial enterprises
and their own institutions to be influencers:

http://www.bu.edu/today/2019/student-brand-ambassadors/

However we feel about that, for those of us working in higher ed this is a
reality of our local communities, and influencers (a word that makes me break
out in hives) are very much not fake people. From that perspective, I would
question Henry Schaffer's "maelstrom of deception" phrasing and dig deeper into
the role and extent of individual agency in shaping an influencer.

Humanities, indeed,

-Vika

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Dr. Vika Zafrin
Digital Scholarship Librarian
Boston University
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