Pop-Culture | Posted by Carolina G on 06/9/2014
On YouTube Celebrities and Blurred Consent
Once considered niche performers, YouTube vloggers are increasingly jumping off our computer screens and becoming celebrities in the real-world sense. They play concerts around the world, have clothing lines and makeup collections, have meet ups that are attended by thousands, and make millions of dollars (case in point: Justin Bieber). YouTube as a company, instead of solely providing a platform for this unique celebrity formation, has recently decided to more actively participate in perpetuating this new celebrity culture: they are currently featuring some of their stars, such as Michelle Phan, Rosanna Pansino, and Bethany Mota, in nation-wide advertisements.
This new type of celebrity is predicated on the idea of accessibility. Unlike the movie stars we only access via orchestrated interviews, YouTube stars seem far more accessible. The entry-barrier to …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 08/11/2010
Justin Bieber and Double Standards
Justin Bieber: puppies, bunnies and rainbows
Justin Bieber may be the closest my generation will ever get to Beatlemania. The kid sings purely romantic non-graphic songs about his “baby” (that would be you, dear 13 year old girls of the world) and his face looks a new born puppy snuggling with a bunny under a rainbow. And, really, I have nothing against him personally despite the fact that my cynical heart tends to look at celebrities my own age and roll its eyes in disgust. My problem with him mainly lies in the way our society reacts to him.
I recently got my Bust Magazine in the mail (an epic monthly event for me). I very much enjoy the “Pop-Tart” column, but this week’s analysis of the double standards of …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Brianne L on 07/15/2009
We have fostered a society where talentless celebrities have come to rule our culture. This is our own fault. The false relationships that we have created with these beautiful and famous people have become obsessive to the point of megalomania. Living through their lives and investing interest into their love lives, rehab stints, and other serious “problems” has proved to be a successful distraction from the difficult reality of our world.
Drastic changes in the hairstyles of strung-out pop-stars have seeped into the headlines of the national news and CNN alongside news about a continuous war of which some remain completely misinformed and unaware its existence. These “stars” have become more influential on our society than our government and on our government itself. Any mindless couch potato or gossip rag …