To many of you reading at home, the concerns of bloggers and vloggers may not affect you directly. Although the internet is the biggest thing to happen to the world since sliced bread, the communities who follow online social media personalities and believe in their ability to promote positive social change has been surprisingly niche. Beyond the demographics of young adults, pre-teens and the internet savvy, bloggers and vloggers have been viewed with scepticism, criticism and ignorance.
A specific article from entertainment website E! Online sparked the idea for this little campaign. Titled ‘18 Moments From the 2015 Teen Choice Awards That Made Us Feel Super Old’, the article dismisses any individuals or awards that pertain to the internet or social media. I recommend giving the article a quick read to get the gist of things. Whether this was a form of click-bait article designed to troll the youths or the journalist, who admitted to being out of the target demographic at “the good side of thirty”, genuinely decided to not do their research (i.e. a quick Google), the article certainly caused a stir on the interwebs.
A reaction from outspoken sassy internet queen, Tyler Oakley:
Put your hand up if you have ever felt personally victimised by E!, Joey Graceffa:
Grace Helbig, YouTuber and E! talk show host, responded as well:
I think what surprised people was that E! Online is an entertainment website and as such, would have a finger on the pulse on all things entertainment. Granted, E! covers mainly Hollywood events and Hollywood celebs, but this was an occasion where the two worlds converged. If this is considered acceptable by entertainment media, it begs the question of how the rest of the world views online personalities.
It’s about a bunch of kids who make blogs and videos in their bedroom, some might say. First world problems, others might say. Sure, but it can be so much more than that. To the naysayers I say: you don’t have to know their names, but with individual followings numbering into the millions, you can’t deny that there is a new breed of online influencers in town.
Do you think #TeamInternet were justified or did they blow everything out of proportion? Comment below, please and thanks.