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The PROVERBIAL BOX: Celebrity, Fans, Marketing and Rock
This ongoing thread, spun off of discussions at the Proverbial Box forum (which in turn was spun off from the epic AI Forums thread regarding how DC was so outside the box), is a permanent home for armchair sociology regarding the fan/performer relationship, as well as the marketing of the David Cook brand.
We examine the basic assumptions regarding what a performer “owes” his fans, and why so many people have become so invested in the phenomenon that is DC. What is it about our media, our culture, our communication tools – and DC’s use of the communication tools – that makes people feel so personally connected? (And, at times, so personally demanding?) Is this a new scenario? Or has it been going on for decades, and just on display now in a more immediate way due to the existence of the “interwebs?” Do we demand more now than our fan predecessors did of the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra?
What is the nature of our “relationship” with DC… what assumptions is it built on? (Again, viewed in a “meta” sort of a way – cos there are other threads for discussing his talent and personal attributes. We just take his appeal as a given.)
We consider all aspects of DC's ongoing communication with his fans, the way he is marketed (and markets himself), and related topics, including the brand status of DC in the world of rock music.
No professional opinions or credentials needed. Just your ideas and your gut feelings about why it is like it is, in the world of the developing rockstar, the obvested fan, and the crazy digital universe.....
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