Spill The Tea
DATE / TIME
8 Nov, Sun
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Festival Pass Event
This session is in English
Your favourite Internet celebrity couple has just broken up. A content creator has issued yet another apology video. Someone, somewhere, has spilled the tea (again). Why and how are the audiences so invested in the personal lives of social media influencers and celebrities? Do they even know you exist? Three speakers discuss the para-social relationships between the audience and the celebrity and the implications from such illusory experiences.
This is a live session.
This session was conceptualised by the SWF 2020 Youth Curators, and is co-presented with the Singapore Book Council.
Singapore – Australia
Dr Crystal Abidin (PhD) is an anthropologist of internet cultures, focusing on influencers, online visibility, and social media pop culture. She is a Senior Research Fellow & ARC DECRA Fellow in Internet Studies at Curtin University. Her books include Internet Celebrity (2018, Emerald), Microcelebrity Around the Globe (2018, Emerald), Instagram (2020, Polity), Mediated Interfaces (2020, Bloomsbury), and tumblr (2021, Polity). Crystal is an ABC TOP 5 Humanities Fellow (2020) and was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia (2018) and Pacific Standard 30 Top Thinkers Under 30 (2016). Reach her at wishcrys.com.
Brenda Tan is a Singaporean creative and online personality. Armed with a theatre and film degree that's been gathering dust and an unapologetic love for beauty, food, the arts and culture, she views content creation as her ultimate vehicle of self-expression and posts regularly on Youtube. She is passionate about creating discussions on personal or social issues and aims for her content to be thoughtful, sincere and refreshing. She also produces and hosts the Growing Pains podcast, and is the owner and creative director of Go Margaux, a deadstock vintage jewellery business.
Yeo Tze Hern (YEOLO) is a content creator best known for his memes, parodies and commentary videos.YEOLO is featured in the following SWF event(s):