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The Unexpected Fascination with Internet Celebrity

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Aug. 14, 2017
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Tomorrow is the first day of school in my district and in honor of this occasion, I would like to talk about a topic that is very pertinent to the younger generation and that is: Internet Celebrity.

In the last ten years, being famous on the Internet has skyrocketed to the point that a YouTube vlogger such as DanTDM, odd1sout, Jaiden Animation, SkyDoesMinecraft, and LDShadowLady to name a few, with a young gaming fan base and a whole lot of subscribers has the potential to be more famous with ten-year-olds than Hollywood celebrities. In example, a few weeks ago, I was talking to a group of kids when I brought up Tom Cruise and was met with blank stares and the question, “Who is Tom Cruise?” I followed it with, “Are you kidding? You have never heard of Tom Cruise? How about Brad Pitt?” Their response was equally shocking, “Who is Brad Pitt?” I guess the celebrities that I believed were household names are lesser known by anyone born after 2005.

There is instant gratification that comes with the ability to connect to an audience through comments. I have heard some kids talk about becoming a video blogger with the main goal of achieving online fame.

I'll admit that as a millennial (and an older kid at heart), I have also hopped on board the bandwagon and I am a fan of many individuals with a degree of Internet Celebrity. It might be the ease of access or the direct line of communication in the comments section to the original creator. I think I am wise enough to know that YouTube vloggers are everyday people like you and me, but I still feel over the moon whenever I get a notification that my favorite vloggers have responded to a comment I had written.

Who is your favorite Internet Celebrity? Please share it with us in the Comments.


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ozoneocean at 9:06PM, Aug. 14, 2017

Youtube vids ARE usually better content-wise, because they don't have to make all the same compromises that TV does (talking about non-fiction here). Production values- lighting filming, sound, editing, effects et. are getting better.

Banes at 7:36PM, Aug. 14, 2017

So much youtube content is leagues better than big budget movies or TV shows. It's a different world, I tells ya...

thunderdavid at 11:38AM, Aug. 14, 2017

I think it's great. If YouTube can inspire those kids be creative. So be it. I follow a few YouTubers. Most of it is art related.

Ironscarf at 11:05AM, Aug. 14, 2017

I watch a whole lot of youtubers who have useful information to impart on a wide range of topics, but that's more or less the opposite of celebrity. My daughter was a fan of the Dolan Twins and actually went to see them in concert(?). She said they took their shirts of, which sound pretty celebratorial to me

KimLuster at 6:20AM, Aug. 14, 2017

lol Generational Gaps!! Lordy this is making me feel old!!

ozoneocean at 2:11AM, Aug. 14, 2017

Hahaha! That would be Matt Eastern of https://www.youtube.com/user/scholagladiatoria He knows all about sabres and swords in general and I've communicated with him a few times in the past.


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