Lady Gaga, Perez Hilton Make The 'Digital Power Index'
June 25, 2012 at 7:16 AM (PT)
THE DAILY BEAST has published their "Digital Power Index." They write, "In two short decades, the Internet has changed almost everything about the way we live: The way we communicate, the way we shop, the way we read, the way we love, the way we fight, the way we play. So, too, the people shaping and changing the world are a breed apart from the old ruling class."
Writes THE DAILY BEAST, "Last SPRING LADY GAGA closed out her 18-month Monster Ball tour, which grossed more than $200 million, and released Born This Way, which topped more than 1 million in sales its first week. Her friend ELTON JOHN recently told the press he was concerned that GAGA's frenetic touring schedule was taking a toll on her health (and she did recently suffer an on-stage injury), but the Mother Monster's social-media domain has never been stronger. In late MAY she became the first person to amass more than 25 million TWITTER followers."
And regarding PEREZ HILTON, they noted "he calls himself 'the Internet's most notorious gossip columnist,' but by manufacturing his own fame with relentless self-promotion and an unvarnished portrayal of the country's stars, PEREZ HILTON changed the nature of fame and celebrity journalism online. He launched what is now PEREZHILTON.COM in 2004, creating an online 'burn book' of sorts that mixes ruthless criticisms of stars with pictures of him canoodling with others. The site, which drew controversy for initially covering MICHAEL JACKSON's heart attack as a publicity stunt and has a habit of outing stars who have not publicly announced their sexual orientation, attracts around 2 million visitors a month."