YouTube Stars

by alphamonkey on June 21, 2006 · 5 comments

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As we inch ever and ever closer to the ‘everyone is famous’ dynamic (and of course, the robot apocalypse), is it any wonder that we’re seeing the birth of sites showcasing YouTube users?  I spend a lot of time on YouTube looking for old clips, music videos, and foreign goodness that I can’t find here in the US o’ A, so sadly I’m all too familiar with these burgeoning ‘stars’ of the the new Me-Media.  Should we be celebrating a media genre that encourages viewers to forgo their own life to simply hear about someone elses?  Are we really moving towards a point where our lives cannot muster any meaning unless it’s broadcast to the widest possible audience? 

I’m fully aware of being a curmudgeon, so perhaps I’m just out of the loop, but I find it endlessly fascinating that we’ve hit this low-level saturation point wherein there are fansites (thereby implying fame) for people who seem only to want to be famous. 

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  • tragus

    Perhaps the “15 minutes” has become “15 clicks”.

  • Haserhud

    I couldn’t agree more.  The worst thing is probably that these people have absolutely nothing to offer.  They have no talent of any kind, no creativity, no anything.  They sure as hell aren’t funny.  Yet… somehow… they rise and become viewed by thousands, while those of us in the world who actually have something to say continue on in anonymonity.

  • elkciN

    Hey…those of us with no talent take offense to that! I’ve never posted anything to YouTube! I have less than nothing to offer! I do make a mean batch of Cheerios, though. I pour milk like no other. Maybe I should put that up on YouTube…

  • LeatherSleeves

    I politely disagree. YouTube and the internet in general is a great creative outlet for sincerely creative and serious filmmakers out there. Certainly it is a sea of crap, but there are occasionally some outstanding ideas put up by talented people who would otherwise be unnoticed by the industry. Lonely Island anyone?

  • .alphamonkey.

    Oh, I’m the first to cite the merits of sites like YouTube. I love that media is becoming somewhat more in the hands of creators.  It’s that sea of crap thing that bothers me.

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