I am surprised that the U.S government didn’t keep the internet to themselves as it was created initially for the military in 1960’s because of its power, but now it is accessible to nearly everyone world wide. Since then it has grown to what we see as a social platform, this has given some people opportunities to achieve what many people desire in life; fame. Of course the internet isn’t just about fame and viral sensations but this is the subject I am most interested about, especially the media platform YouTube and how it has grown since February 2005, also how it has created a new type of fame. When YouTube was first released in 2005 it was a place where people could go and search for their favourite videos and it created a world where people could upload videos of their own, soon people were uploading what is called ‘Vlogs’, these are video logs which can be of anything but are mainly logs of an individuals life. YouTube soon became one of the fastest growing websites on the internet and had millions of people intrigued, in 2006 when YouTube introduced adverts that’s when popular YouTuber’s started getting an income for the material they were releasing and could pursue YouTube as a career instead of a hobby.
Some of the most famous British vloggers include Zoe Sugg (Zoella) and Alfie Deyes (PointlessBlog) who together have managed to build up their YouTube empires to over 15 million subscribers and over a billion views on their videos, now the couple are living life in a £1 million house that Zoe recently purchased and they even have their own wax figures in Madame Taussauds that the public voted for. Another channel that has taken the world by storm is Felix Kjellbergs’ channel PewDiePie which is more of a gaming channel. He has managed to wrack up over 41 million subscribers and over 10 billion views for his videos alone. YouTube has created this new breed of celebrity that is taking over and just to think that these famous vloggers and YouTubers started out at home making videos as a hobby, now they have achieved a kind of A list level of fame and are known across the world. These famous vloggers and YouTubers are pioneering the future of fame today, it is exciting to be able to watch these channels grow and see what can be achieved by essentially being yourself and doing what you love on YouTube.