Microcelebrity Goes to Gay Porn

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Microcelebrity Goes to Gay Porn

Author | Affiliation: Lin Song | University of Macau

Presenting at:
3A | Wanghong, Social Media Entertainment and the Social Industries


Abstract:

This paper examines a nascent network of commercial DIY gay porn production by microcelebrities in China against the background of platformization, commodification, and illiberal cultural landscapes. Informed by queer Marxist theories, the paper looks at how the career trajectories of live-streamer-turned DIY gay porn actors/producers are shaped by the intertwining forces of platform capitalism, technological affordances, and internet governance. Reflecting on the critical potential of these DIY porn production practices, it suggests that they paradoxically showcase both a willing submission to the ever-expanding logic of capitalism and means of creative negotiation with commodification and state censorship.


About the author

Lin Song

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Lin Song is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Communication at University of Macau. He researches on Chinese media and digital cultures, particularly in relation to gender, sexual, and national identities.

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