Ah, Youtubers. I am not sure what's more tragic about them; making hyperbolic or fake events to attract viewers.
Or allowing viewers a "no-bars" tour around their personal lives and sometimes their own heads.
Or is the real tragedy the viewers, who binge vicariously into these empty vessels.
Relishing in the rise, peak and eventual fall from fame of these online stars, with all the emotions and vulnerability put on for display.
Then for this audience to move onto the next piece of entertainment?
The worst part is the propagation that Youtubing is a legitimite vocation / lifestyle. It's almost as bad as these other fake lifestyles:
* Travel Bloggers, desecrating and ignoring local customs for the entertainment of readers.
* Forex / Bitcoin millionaires (Buy my eBook).
* The mum that makes £50,000 a week from doing online surveys.
* ASMR escorts
* Instagram influencers, prostituting themselves literally or metaphorically to businesses / media / rich saudi princes
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The difficult bit is trying to untangle whether the audience's participation in it is just entertainment, or takes on unhealthy aspects of boundary crossing, addiction, or delusions of closeness.
> Forex / Bitcoin millionaires (Buy my eBook).
Popular financial frauds have a centuries-long history.
Similarly the demand for sex work appears insatiable, especially if it can successfully pretend not to be. Someone mentioned Jennicam, which may have been broadcasting before Belle Delphine was even born.
Only external braking factors can reduce this. The thing that stops youtubers from going all the way up to snuff films for the clickbait is the moderation and risk of getting banned. Something to think about for those that think it should just be an entirely neutral platform.
Youtube, by paying these people, has been the invisible hand that's called them into this role.
Why is that even a concern? Would you be just as concerned if it was about veritasium or eevblog channels?
I don't know, do fans of those exhibit fan behaviours that might be considered boundary crossing, addiction, or delusions?
Is it any worse than Tom Cruise and the like giving us political advice about who to vote for? I'll take YouTubers over Hollywood celebs any day.
Maybe I'm just that old guy screaming at the kids to get the hell off my lawn, but I found the communication style to be obnoxious.
In insulting other people lives and how they enjoy them, all you have shown is that you're an intolerant, elitist asshole.