Objective 3 – To assess whether Twitter has put more pressure on famous figures to behave more like ‘role models’ and to censor their own behaviour more closely – PR&P

Darcy, O.,(2013) This Is the Anti-Gun Twitter Rant Piers Morgan Went On Following the Navy Yard Shooting. The Blaze. Available at:http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/16/this-is-the-anti-gun-twitter-rant-piers-morgan-went-on-following-the-navy-yard-shooting/[Accessed November 27, 2013]. [Non-Academic]


Bates, D.,(2011) “I was an atheist at eight”: Ricky Gervais caught up in Twitter spat with Christians after saying he doesn’t believe in God. Mail Online. Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2077757/Ricky-Gervais-Twitter-spat-Christians-saying-doesnt-believe-God.html[Accessed November 27, 2013]. [Non-Academic]

Arthur Martin, 2013. Police using Twitter to follow celebrities. Daily Mail, p.27. Available at: http://ezproxy.leedsmet.ac.uk/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bwh&AN=89917517&site=eds-live&scope=site[Accessed December 1, 2013]. [Non-Academic]

“Among the celebrities followed by police forces were Victoria Beckham, Rihanna, Simon Cowell, Lady Gaga and Downton Abbey.

Scotland Yard ordered a clean-up of its official Twitter pages after receiving a formal complaint from a victim of crime. Since then police in Lambeth, south London, have deleted more than 500 links which were not work-related. Before the clear-out, the force’s account would have been swamped by hundreds of posts each day from celebrities they were following.

Last night the crime victim who complained said she felt ‘sickened’ when she discovered the police were ‘wasting hours entertaining themselves about the exploits of celebrities‘.”

Shaw, R.L., Whitehead, C. & Giles, D.C., 2010. “Crack down on the celebrity junkies”: Does media coverage of celebrity drug use pose a risk to young people? Health, Risk & Society, 12(6), pp.575–589. Available at: http://ezproxy.leedsmet.ac.uk/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=buh&AN=55568713&site=eds-live&scope=site [Accessed November 11, 2013]. [Academic]

“In short, there is a concern that young people will model their behaviour on celebrity personalities thereby increasing the chances that they themselves will indulge in health risk behaviours such as taking drugs.”

Knorr, C. (2012), Why Media Role Models Matter. Available at:http://www.commonsensemedia.org/advice-for-parents/celebrity-role-models [Accessed December 5, 2013].

“You don’t have to look much farther than the Ariel costume in your daughter’s closet or the lightsaber in your son’s toy box to know that kids emulate their favorite characters.”

“By the time our kids are in middle school, they start to look to their peers for a sense of what’s socially acceptable or desirable.”

Beevolve (2012), An Exhaustive Study of Twitter Users Across the World| Beevolve.Social Media Analytics | Beevolve. Available at:http://www.beevolve.com/twitter-statistics/ [Accessed December 5, 2013].

Gervais, R., (2013). Remember, don’t be atheistic, believe in all the gods, just in case. Or at least all the needy jealous ones that sulk & bear a grudge :). @rickygervais. Available at:https://twitter.com/rickygervais/status/408140452035321856 [Accessed December 6, 2013].

Morgan, P (2012).Piers Morgan: Deport me? If America won’t change its crazy gun laws I may deport myself | Mail Online. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2254758/Piers-Morgan-Deport-If-America-wont-change-crazy-gun-laws-I-deport-myself.html. [Accessed 07 December 2013].

BBC, 2013. Cyrus and O’Connor row escalates. BBC. Available at:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24395755 [Accessed December 8, 2013].


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