There’s been a lot of talk on YouTube this month about the current state of ‘celebrity culture’ on YouTube and all the problems that come with it.

The first video I came across that had this theme way by Sprinkleofglitter and she talked about how weird and at times uncomfortable it can be to be ‘ YouTube famous’. It is getting increasingly similar to being like a movie star and the dedication some fans have can be a bit worrisome.sprinkleofglitter

Next I saw the response video made by Karen Kavett, she offered some possible solutions to the awkward meet and greet situation. (long lines and the whole ‘photo/hello/hug/move it along’ thing) She seemed optimistic and I was beginning to have hope for the whole thing.Karen Kavett

Then I watched mickeleh. He always does a great job at presenting YouTube related information and opinions in clear and well researched way. In his first and second videos about YouTube celebrity culture, he breaks it down and is honest about the problems. I won’t give you the details cause I want you to watch them, but I will say he gets real (and gets it right!)Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 12.19.44 PM

Finally I want to mention Francesca Georgiou, her video was mentioned by mickeleh and I’m so glad it was. YouTube best practices have always said to collaborate with channels in your same range of subscribers and that makes sense but it also further separates everyone. Fran talks about how damaging this can be for creators who have a low subscriber count.  I feel as if she was reading my mind and I am now a new subscriber of hers.Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 12.21.54 PM

I’m starting a series here to talk about different YouTube videos that form around a particular theme. Sometimes it will be whatever is going on in the community or I’ll pick the topic and search for videos. Next time I’ll be talking about Iggles who have channels! So if you are a YouTube inclined Iggle, tweet me your channel or a video to @MagicCatJenny with the hashtag #IggleTube

Thanks for reading (and watching)!

Jennifer Sargent