Dr Crystal Abidin: Gross is the new like? Grotesque microcelebrity and carnivalesque commerce

Pretty things are pretty to look at. They bring you comfort, inspire aspiration, or perhaps stimulate vicarious consumption. But have you ever stumbled upon something gross on the internet and yet could not look away? Me too. (It’s no wonder Dr. Pimple Popper has over 700 million views on YouTube.) “Picture perfect” Influencers have been thriving on social media ever since they burst into the scene in… Read more