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Tuesday, April 14 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Social Media, Technological Advances, and Parasocial Relationships: How New Technology Changes the PSRs that Change Our Lives

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Horton & Wohl (1956) called for research into how parasocial interactions “are integrated into the matrix of usual social activity” (p. 228). In light of social media, this panel answers that very call and will explore the characteristics of parasocial existence that demand additional research. The panel will examine how social media and increased 2-way communication between audiences and celebrities, politicians, and fictional characters alter our current understandings of PSRs as we seek new operationalizations of existing parasocial research concepts.
Moderator: T. Phillip Madison, Stephen F. Austin State University
Panelists: Robin Haislett, Texas Tech University
Lakshmi N. Tirumala, University of Cincinnati
Casey Hart, Stephen F. Austin State University
Chris McCollough, Columbus State University

Tuesday April 14, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Pavilion 11

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