Youtube. It's a thing. People consume a lot of it.
There are still some who are baffled by this online service, and may also badmouth the fans of these Youtube personalities. I think that's silly! Or rather, redundant. I mean, it feels incredibly cyclical. The type of content we consume may fall under fire by bigger, more "prestigious" groups, who've found themselves in the decline. The younger generation are more likely to watch Youtube than TV, and the need for cable seems ridiculous. I'm in my late 20s, and even I don't have cable.
Those who've adapted to these new stream of entertainment are reaping its benefits.
There are now those sprinting after them, in an effort to "profit" on the popularity train. I myself couldn't possibly pursue such a thing. I value my privacy, enjoy my life as an art hermit, and while I am derpy as hell in real life, I don't know how that'd interpret for some random Youtube video. So instead I make comics, while sustaining myself through freelance/contractual work. It pays the bills, and it is a life that allows me to thrive on my creativity rather comfortably. Anyways, back to Youtube!
I'm glad Youtubers are much more widely accepted. The rise of their fame isn't surprising, since I've grown up with it.
After all, they're just using a form of sharing their content, which allows them to do what they want. It's also interactive, and can be used for good! In fact I was just watching a Game Grumps twitch charity stream the other week, and enjoyed it quite thoroughly as I worked. I'm also waiting on my charity shirt, which has the Game Grump personalities as daruma dolls... I couldn't help myself. I love daruma dolls, and it was just begging me to be bought.
But on the topic of Game Grumps: I've followed a few of these folks awhile ago back on Newgrounds, and they've adapted themselves to Youtube. While I may have missed out on the initial development of their work on there (due to my 4 years of art school), I came out and found myself looking at a change that baffled me at first. The Let's Play channels were gaining great popularity, and something had been changed in Youtube's algorithm. The way creators on Youtube made revenue used to relate to the number of views on their videos. Now it's minutes watched. That changed things massively.
While the algorithm has unfortunately changed in a way that counteracts things like animation (whose production takes longer and more man-hours unfortunately), there are folks who've changed themselves in light of it. It's a hell of a lot of work, but they've now become internet personalities pursuing a (hopefully) sustainable business, which I think is awesome. And now they have an (almost) direct channel to their fans, who are more than happy to support them (literally).
While cynics can badmouth this Youtuber/Fan relationship (because it can seem uh, invasive at times), it's still a reflection of the relationship many celebrities and fans have.
After all, paparazzi are a thing, and we do have media outlets who will unfortunately latch onto any speculation and/or drama that may be occurring between celebrities of various sorts. It's meant to feed the fans information that they would otherwise never get, because they aren't utter jerks who are willing to push a camera into a celebrity's face at whatever cost.
Anywho, our interpretation of celebrities/public figures is but a single facet of their character. I myself have fallen victim to this sort, as I am a fan of various public figures (Neil Gaiman being the top individual in mind), and am still trying to figure out how to properly prepare myself if ever I come across them. If you ever meet me in person, I shall relinquish the tale of the one time I found myself in physical proximity of one of my heroes.
But hey, let Youtubers do their thing, let fans enjoy what they do. As long as no one is hurt, I think this relationship will be juuuuuust fine.
Anyways, I think it's time to end this post! I've rambled enough, and I need to get back to work. Thursday's strip is in the works, I have weird T-shirts to design, and I got a DnD game tonight! We're in a boss fight and quite honestly... I don't know if we'll make it out alive. Wish me luck!