I joined the YouTube community just 6 months ago, as an extension of BLEURGH. I was in awe of so many young girls (some of which were my age, and others even younger), who had acquired followers quantifying to more than mere thousands, just from expressing their interests on camera. Which is why I was infuriated this morning when I read this clearly biased Daily Mail article where they scapegoated a few young youtubers & ridiculed what young girls have come to deem a recreative hobby.
Blazer : Apricot (Croydon) | Tanktop : Primark (Lingerie) | Tailored Peglegs : WarehouseOne reason I pinpointed as the basis of this article was ENVY - Youtubers have an advantage over some academic writers/ journalists, who may have toiled endlessly in what they deem a learned craft. Youtubers now rob opportunities because they have captured a particular target market and have created a brand. A brand which companies want to be affiliated with. What may have started off as a hobby to some, turns into a profitable entrepreneurial venture, where companies send products for review, your 'friends' or 'subscribers' constantly bid you to make more videos on a particular topic, or you are itching at the number of likes, comments or views a particular video receives daily.
Purse : Calvin Klien | Rings : Bonita's (Croydon) & Matalan | Wedges : PrimarkNow this may seem to some as an unhealthy 'hobby', wavering more towards the category of a 9-5 job. However, to take this away from young girls under claims that it is 'unhealthy' just drove me livid. Yes, one could be wary of the negative effects rude comments have on innocent young girls' self-esteem, but in my opinion, bullying is bound to occur whether via the internet or in reality. Girls who honestly only intend to share their latest purchases with the world, may be mocked by those who genuinely have no interest watching their videos in the first place, but does that mean it has no standing as a hobby? The journalist expressed mock-fear at the effects Youtube-hauling had on the younger generation. The danger from disclosing such sensitive information like the area one resides and the stores they frequent, may attract paedophiles and perverts, but that is where I draw the line.
Onyxsta says...BLEURGH!! Haul away my fellow youtubers, fear not the spineless filth spat out by a pitiful daily mailer. Xisses