thank you friends for helping me understand that post! mixed up/missing context made me confused
no no zak is definitely not a dick, everything i’ve heard about him from friends and stuff has been very positive!!
what i’m getting from friends [eden and josh] is that a buncha Tumblr Friendgroup people were complaining about vidcon last night but like… they didn’t go to vidcon for any of the actual vidcon stuff, they went because it was just a place for everyone to gather and have a Tumblr Friendgroup Con. which yeah that tooootally was the case last vidcon imo so i totally agree with zac
vidcon was set up to do one thing and they wanted to do something different with it and when they weren’t satisfied with how vidcon facillitated their experience they started bashing vidcon as a whole i guess! which is lame imo!
but yeah i get how people could be confused by zac’s post, there was some context I didn’t know about but now i know and it’s all cool B)
all that being said, i occupy a very specific/weird place in the YouTube world where it’s equal parts community, career, and field of study
so i’m not a representative of a large amount of people? i dunno
If you don’t make YouTube videos, then you probably shouldn’t go to VidCon. I like y’all but it’s like someone who is not a fan of Star Trek going to a Star Trek convention. Why even bother? Doesn’t matter if your friends are going to be there, save your money and get together somewhere else.
not sure what to think of this? the way i read this is like “fans are the reason vidcon/youtube sucks” and like
i don’t think there is any intrinsic toxicity to fandom, people are allowed to like stuff and celebrate it. media consumption is part of our identities and that’s okay and cool in my book
i think it’s better to say that if you’re an abusive pedophile (redundant?) you shouldn’t hang out around underaged kids, ya dig
like. yeah hardcore fans can be weird as shit but rather than chastising them for being enthusiastic we should be teaching them new media literacy and how to consume media responsibly
maybe i’m just reading the post wrong? i dunno lemme know if i’m not taking the right thing from this
skrillex’s new album man… i… i kinda dig it..
is that wrong. am i morally justified in enjoying his music
audiovisual media allow for one-sided intimacy at a distance, something media theorists and sociologists call para-social interaction
like when you feel like you know a radio personality personally, or when a fangirl says they’re so in love with justin bieber
the thing is, the image that a fan constructs of a celebrity is severely limited because the performer projects a very specific version of themselves in public, technically called a persona
because these personae are so consistent, audiences often treat the personae like friends or role models. and this is a very natural thing to do!
when kept at a distance, these para-social relationships are generally benign and cool. TV and radio don’t have lots of problems until the audience comes in direct physical contact with the persona
but the internet bypasses those physical limitations and leaves only social barriers. What’s interesting is that the hierarchy of stardom/celebrity still apply to the internet, and can be used/abused in the very same ways
it’s very important to think hard about the effects of the media we consume and just to be safe and responsible and careful and critical
it’s frighteningly easy to get wrapped up in the idea of working with talented people you admire
Do Not Idolize Do Not Excuse
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