Celebrity influence powerful for some people’s politics

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Many teenagers and adults studying or working at American University this summer believe that celebrities have significant influence in shaping people’s political views, although research shows many young people are influenced by factors outside of star power. Social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat have propelled celebrities’ status and many are opting to share their…

The celebrity effect? Some say it’s important but research says influence comes from closer to home

Students at American University this week provided various perspectives of celebrities’ power in the media, explaining the influence their advocacy has on multiple issues including mental illness and the criminal justice system. Amanda Luthy, 20, who is a senior, said she looks up to director Ava DuVernay. Luthy described DuVernay as a person who embodies…