Let’s face it. We are the Internet generation. This shouldn’t be much of a shock to anyone, but it is something that should be addressed. We make friends on the Internet, keep in touch with them through social networking and post silly videos that are watched by millions around the world.
YouTube has become an international phenomenon. There are specific YouTube celebrities that are more popular than others and these individuals can make money by posting their videos online.
Jenna Mouray, also known as Jenna Marbles, has made five hundred thousand dollars due to her YouTube activity. One of her most popular videos is called “How to Trick People into Thinking You’re Good Looking.”
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She also received the James Joyce award this year for her work as a YouTube personality. Past recipients include Alan Rickman, Russell Brand, Will Ferrell, Jesse Jackson, Desmond Tutu and JK Rowling.
“I can’t believe how far YouTube takes some people. I can’t fathom it,” Leslie Hudson, senior theater major, said.
So, out of YouTube sensations such as Jenna Marbles, what are the channels to follow?
“There’s a great new web series called School Girls,” Emma Carter, senior theater major, said. “It’s by some of our very own Stephens women. It’s really funny. It’s cool to see local artists and support our friends.”
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Another popular YouTube sensation is Grace Helbig, also known as Daily Grace.
“I love watching DailyGrace because she’s really quirky and funny, has a wide variety of videos with a wide comedic range and embraces the fact that she’s ridiculous,” Eddie Andrews, conservatory student, said.
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“Also MyDrunkKitchen is fun because its really funny to see someone try to function while intoxicated in any situation,” Andrews said.
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No matter whom you watch, YouTube is a force to be reckoned with. It has become an essential tool of our generation, both in entertainment and education. And who knows? Perhaps you, too, can become a high rolling YouTube sensation.