Going by the research I’m doing as to find out if the mainstream digital media is having any effect on consumers, I decided to do a social experiment.
If I was to show you photos of 10 famous faces, do you think you could name them all? The reason behind this was to see who people are more familiar with. I had chosen a variety of people who I believe we should recognise as well as including some of the obvious ones.
These are the following pictures that were shown to people, how may can you recognise just from their faces?
I did include all these celebrities deliberately, some of them are individuals who are currently famous, some are famous for their political roles, others have made their mark into their chosen industry and should be recognised for it. What I took away from this experiment was that people are more aware of those who are socially current, such as Kim K or Kanye West. Even if the person is world famous, if they aren’t current or weren’t discussed to much on digital media I doubt the exposure they will receive will be that great. For example Nicola Adams who is a young female boxer and has won a gold olympic medal due to her talent. I would assume people, especially of a similar age to myself (I’m 22) would be more interested in those who have earned the acknowledgment of the public with their talents.
Kim Kardashian,is an American television and social media personality, actress, socialite, and model.
Abraham Lincoln, was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. In doing so, he preserved the union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
Nicola Adams, MBE is a British boxer and the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title. The Gold Medal winner at the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London as of 2015 she is the reigning Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and European Games champion at flyweight. She was the first ever female boxing champion at both the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.
Jimi Hendrix, was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century.
Margaret Thatcher, was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is currently the only woman to have held the office.
Pelé, is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward. He is widely regarded to be the greatest player of all time. In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.
Gaz, reality star from MTV’s Geordie Shore.
Malala Yousafzai, is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai’s advocacy has since grown into an international movement. (and she’s only 18!)
Kanye West, s an American recording artist, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, director, and founder of the record label GOOD Music and creative content company DONDA. He is one of the most acclaimed musicians of the 21st century.
Angela Merkel, is a German politician and former research scientist who has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and the Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000.