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    Celebrities of Digital Age: How Internet Can Make You Famous

    Dropping out of college can actually make you rich and famous. That is if you become a successful YouTube entertainer, posting online videos of yourself playing computer games. The same goes for sharing your experience unpacking new toys and gadgets. If you're not into gaming or consumer goods, the World Wide Web also has plenty of opportunities for activists and whistleblowers. Find out about the new VIPs who don't need TV or gossip columns to be recognized. Learn more from our special series "Celebrities of the Digital Age: How The Internet Can Make You Famous".

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      Becoming a celebrity on the Internet is easy. Some online personas prefer to shock their fans with their appearance or actions, others don’t do anything special, but try to keep in touch with their fanbase, making people literally addicted to seeing their faces.

      Celebrities of Digital Age: How Internet Can Make You Famous
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      Celebrity X

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      Celebrities of Digital Age: How Internet Can Make You Famous
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      'Let’s Play' Phenomenon and the Power of 'Bro Army'

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      Celebrities of Digital Age: How Internet Can Make You Famous
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      The Way of the Hacker

      In the late 80’s the “digital realm” consisted mostly of government and corporate networks, with only a few private enthusiasts trying to explore this hidden terrain. In a few decades, the Web changed the way people all over the world communicate giving enormous power to those, who used the Internet as a platform for advocating basic freedoms.

      Celebrities of Digital Age: How Internet Can Make You Famous