This article contributes to the move toward the sensory and affective in the study of representations because it explores some of the affective and embodied ways through which we make sense of online representations in celebrity gossip blogs. With their humorous celebrity representations, celebrity gossip blogs are important examples of contemporary popular culture because they are not only thoroughly embedded in everyday social practices but also are more radically constitutive of contemporary social life. Through the example of a Lady Gaga blog post, the article argues that meaning is not only communicated through the visual content but also through the affective and sensuous experiences that users have through our interaction with these online representations.
Graefer, Anne (2016) "Reading" Through the Skin: Lady Gaga's Online Representation and Affective Meaning-Making. In: Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 49, No. 3, pp. 522-540. Available at http://openmusiclibrary.org/article/73130/.