Stream of consciousness thoughts on Buffer Festival vloggers panel from tonight:
- Vlogumentary should prove to be a fascinating movie. I think the concept behind it, and how YouTube is making money, allowing people to share their unadulterated thoughts and lives is really interesting. This movie, as opposed to Please Subscribe, should delve into the lives of the vloggers more, as well as the entire partnership program.
- Thank you, Corey Vidal, for finally addressing the positivity vs. honesty debate and putting Charles Trippy on the spot. The entire draw of vlogging is that it is this honest documentation of an ordinary person’s life. The fact that Charles has been putting on a show throughout his divorce, ignoring the horrible, sexist comments in his videos towards his ex-wife, etc. is something that needs to be publicly addressed. I like that he has taken some responsibility for not being as honest of a person as he was during his brain surgery videos. It makes an interesting dynamic. There’s this guy who has become incredibly famous online and is going through this incredibly rough patch in his life. Does he share how shitty it is to get through a divorce? Or does he preach about positivity? Is there even a precedent, a right way to act? YouTube and vlogging are such new concept that the Trippy/Speed divorce has been a learning curve.
- I’m also REALLY happy Corey is continuing to interview and film Alli Speed for the movie. She’s as much a part of Charles’ story as he is.
- Which brings me to the fans in the audience: Wow. Some people really love vloggers, and act as if they were celebrities. I’ll leave you with this anecdote: As I went to the box office to grab my tickets, my mom and I encountered some young boys (they were maybe 10 or 11). They were begging some of the Buffer Fest workers to find Charles, and they politely told the boys that he was resting upstairs and if they went up there, security would send them back down.
Viewers, I think, feel this entitlement to the vloggers they watch. I think a lot of it is because of this new format, in which these people let hundreds of thousands of others into their lives. It’s not really like anything that’s been done before. And even though this relationship that viewers have with vloggers is completely one-sided (sparing the comments, which is hardly interaction), they feel like they know these people behind the camera.
Even though vlogging is supposed to be this honest documentation of a person’s day-to-day life, it’s completely framed and edited to portray a specific persona. I think viewers forget that. Charles spoke a lot about how his relationship with Alli was framed in a certain way and that’s why the divorce came as such a shock.
- That being said, the clip of Vlogumentary (technically an outtake) we saw in the theatre didn’t excite me. It was just Shay and Colette’s story of how they met and started dating. Boooooring. All it did was please fans and boost Shay’s ego. It was beautifully shot, and the pacing was quite nice. But I’m interested more in things like Shay’s ability to quit his job and sustain five children through the Internet, or Charles’ decision to film his brain surgery and show the Internet his entire journey thus far with cancer, or even Grace Helbig and how she was forced to start a new channel and rebuild her entire fanbase again. That’s the interesting stuff that I went to the screening to hear about; and while the panel definitely gave me that, the sneak peek of the movie didn’t.
- (Oh, and the entire production team behind the movie seem AMAZING and adorable. They deserve just as much credit as Shay and Corey get.)
I don’t know. This will be a formal essay at some point.