Week in Review: Selling out in the Instagram age

Week in Review: Selling out in the Instagram age

Week In Review: Selling Out In The Instagram Age

Hey everyone, happy 2020. Welcome back to Week in Review where I dive deep into a bit of news from the week or just share some thoughts and go over some of the more interesting stories of the week.

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The big story

Dip a toe into the world of influencers and as you click through Instagram stories, and you’ll see that peddling endorsements for bizarre products is an essential part of the new influencer economy. What’s interesting isn’t that these( often) self-made influencers looking to leverage their notoriety to and monetize themselves with sponsorship deals, it’s how low the expectations are of their adherents and fans when it comes to advertising suspect products.

The age of fanbases considering a celebrity a sellout after hocking junk in commercial appearances is far, far gone. Follower exploitation isn’t even questioned, something that grows less funny when you realize how young most of the fans are of some of these figures.

As you click through actual online influencers with 10 million+ adherents advertising weight-loss supplements, juice cleanses and knockoff AirPods, you might be wondering where the bar is and whether it can go any lower. Adherents don’t really seem to care for a lot of reasons, but one intriguing think is that as social media platforms have built renown seem more accessible, user empathy for internet superstars has increased and people are all aware that these figures are just looking for their payday.

Ultimately, high art and capitalism have also never been closer and when you look at the relationship between brand endorsements and some of the top visual artists and musicians, it’s not surprising that those that occupy lesser resounds on the renown ladder don’t mind hocking lesser products. This great piece in The Atlantic by Taylor Lorenz from 2018 reported under how teens were acting like they were selling ads as a way to give themselves credibility. The “coolness” of advertising has only seemed to accelerate.

It’s clear that the influencer economy has shaped popular culture in ways that make a backlash to influencers” selling out” seem nearly impossible at this phase in time. After all, if sticking your name on products that literally contain poison doesn’t dampen your charm, what will?

Week In Review: Selling Out In The Instagram Age

Trends of the week

Here are a few big news items from big companies, with green links to all the sweet, sweet added context 😛 TAGEND Snap buys up an AI startup
This week, TechCrunch reported that Snapchat had bought up a Ukrainian AI startup to build its latest Cameo feature. The $166 million acquisition is a significant purchase for the social media company which spent the bulk of 2019 getting back to basics. This week, TechCrunch reported that Snapchat had bought up a Ukrainian AI startup to build its latest Cameo feature. The $166 million acquisition is a significant purchase for the social media company which spend the bulk of 2019 getting back to basics. Former HBO boss joins up with Apple
Former HBO exec Richard Plepler has signed an exclusive deal with Apple for his new production company, a move that’s sure to make waves in the entertainment space but could also shift how Apple expends its behemoth original content budgets.

Week In Review: Selling Out In The Instagram Age
Week In Review: Selling Out In The Instagram Age
Week In Review: Selling Out In The Instagram Age
Week In Review: Selling Out In The Instagram Age
Week In Review: Selling Out In The Instagram Age

Week In Review: Selling Out In The Instagram Age

Week In Review: Selling Out In The Instagram Age

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