Student or Learner
Can we say that something blows up popularity instead of boosts popularity?
"The political debates on TV blew up his popularity."
I don't think it's natural for facts to be blown up - facts are facts.
Incidents, affairs, problems, disagreements, etc can be blown up, sometimes out of (all) proportion, but not facts, IMO.
I hope others can either confirm my belief, or show it to be mistaken.
I'll go along with that.