Sandra Friday, May 16, 2014
Ever since Louise, also known as Sprinkle of Glitter on Youtube, published her 'Youtube Culture' video, I've been debating whether or not to share my thoughts on the fangirl/celebrity side of youtube as well. I've been doing videos for a year and a half now, but have been actively involved in the community for much longer, and in the past few years, youtube has changed a lot. Youtubers are not just people who sit in their bedrooms, filming videos in their free time anymore. Some of them have millions of people watching them, youtube became their job, and they are in a way seen as celebrities, especially by their younger viewers. And while I don't mind seeing people succeed with youtube (in fact, I'm over the moon for them), I feel like the fangirl situation is getting out of hands, and creating the devide between the bigger and smaller youtubers even more apparent. I think it's a little bit too late to change anything about this situation now, as organized meetups and events with thousands of people attending have only increased the way people see youtubers as celebrities, but I would love to hear your thoughts on the topic! What do you think about youtube celebrity culture and the divide created between 'us' and 'them'? Do you have any suggestions on how we could all interact better and go back to being one big non-creepy happy family? I know this topic is more youtube based, so a lot of you might not be aware of the things I'm talking about, but if you're a blogger, I'm sure you've experienced something similar as well. Especially when it comes to the divide between 'bigger' and 'smaller' bloggers.