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.