I'm supposed to be writing my dissertation. Naturally, for my dissertation I wanted to pick a topic which involved YouTube because I cannot stand thinking about anything else for too long of a time. The topic I am working on is the influence in which YouTubers have - do they count as role models and if so, should they be?
Obviously, a topic like this would involve a lot of secondary research on the media's viewpoint of a YouTuber's position in a child's life. If I had a penny for every time Zoella appeared in my local magazine, I would be as rich as her. I do not and probably will not ever have something against the girl, but when her face suddenly appears left, right and centre at my hometown all because she is a 'local celebrity', it does get a little annoying. But what annoys me more than that is the content of these articles. 'Zoella is not as perfect as you think', 'Zoella sits in mansion to film silly videos', 'Kids are influenced to buy Zoella's product promotions'... These are just the tame examples.
Funnily enough, there are a million and one other content creators on this martian website that these journalist know as 'YouTube'. So why aren't they talking about them? It has taken them this long to realise YouTubers exist, so why just choose one person out of the lot? Instead, they're taking pride in cramming as many accusations and presumptions as possible into a poor innocent woman who never signed up to be 'perfect' in the first place. It is ridiculous what these journalist have to say about something they know little to nothing about. If being a top rated YouTuber who makes a shed load of money is so easy, why are they slaying away in their offices to write articles for a living? Hey, why don't you buy a cute little camera and film a couple adorable videos too? You said yourself that it's easy...
Love and hugs,