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Offline invites Online Reality into their homes thanks to YouTube.

The idea of Internet fame is funny at first when you think about it. Internet identities have such a bizarre reputation that the thought of becoming famous from something posted online seems far fetched. It can almost be said that one blogger who uploads her weekly “vlog” (Video Blog) on Youtube can have an infinitely higher number of views than an episode of the latest MTV trash Reality Shows. In my opinion, Youtube has become its own generation of reality TV, following people world wide as they go about their regular mundane tasks, but add their own little quirk to make it watchable for a consumer audience; that’s raw reality TV; and something worth watching.

The ShayTards are a Youtube Channel that I personally have been subscribed to on Youtube for over 5 years. I have watched them grow as a family through the birth of two of their four children, I’ve seen them get fired from jobs, gain new experiences,  pay off their debt, and most recently, Shay Carl has become an entrepreneur by harnassing the one skill he does best- Vlogging and making videos on the internet.

Sound bizarre? I dare you to watch one episode without being charmed by the beauty and honesty of their family. I dare you to watch another and tell me you don’t feel a personal attachment to them. Its weird to think that this family has opened themselves up to be watched  by people world wide, and believe it or not people are watching…with over 75,000 views a video, Shay Carl is amongst some of Youtube’s Heavy weight competitors, making collaborations with Philip Defranco, Ray William Johnson, Michael Buckley, and Charles Trippy, to name a few.
According to Forbes Magazing, “Sometime this year, online video comedian Shay Butler and his family’s Youtube channel will likely pass a half-billion upload views. At the heart of that success is a quintessential man-child. Butler, best known as ShayCarl, has created a series of reality shows that could draw comparisons to a cleaned-up Osbournes, adds a dash of “Tool Time” sensibility and finishes with a question that sparks many classic American family sitcoms.” Shay goes on to recount his journey to Internet stardom. He recounts the instant connection he felt with Youtube, he explains, “I loved the feedback and the gratification was instant. I would film some random thought I had about hand sanitizer or gas prices or me dancing in my wife’s old uni-tard and I would upload it and people were instantly there to tell me if they thought it was funny or not. I loved the communication and the community of it all.”

I personally have never been a fan of television shows, and have always found it hard to keep up with a series of a specific show. But my prayers were answered with one little websites initiative to keep things short, simple, and to the point; and the point was entertainment. Laughter is the best medicine, and what better way than with a simple click of a button to instantly catch up on your weekly giggles.

Youtube subscriptions are the television addiction I never had. Being able to have videos catered to my liking, sent straight to my home page stunned me.  Started in 2008, I have been following the ShayTards religiously without missing a video; that’s 3 years of daily vlogging. Something that I, one day, wish to accomplish. To know someones life as intimately as I have learned to watch and get to know this family is a great feat, and an amazing thing to think about having such a connection with someone who lives

One thing that sticks out in my mind that is repeated in the ShayTard videos is one simple phrase, “ if life’s worth living, its worth recording”

To Read Shay Carls full Epic rise to Internet Stardom ;

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Why I don’t film myself on YouTube

The voyeurism of YouTube doesn’t appeal to me. Yes, you can find me on Facebook and probably know some information of my personal life such as my age, what I study, the jobs I have, and what I’m up to depending on what I update my status to.

However, I find it hard for someone like myself to be filmed. I will admit that I will have a bit of a hard time being film for our video project in the upcoming weeks. Maybe it’s because I don’t like to embarrass myself in front of the camera or even the public eye. Ultimately, my reasoning is I don’t want people to judge me for what they see on film. If they need to judge me, judge the real me. Because as we have explained numerous times in class, what we see on YouTube may not be real. Instead, what we see on YouTube is what they think the public wants to see.

YouTube is part of our confessional society. Do I want to confess that my mother is a drunk, that I have slept with this many people, or what my views are on the name Place d’Orléans? No. If I will confess something, I will confess, but not for the entertainment of the voyeurism of YouTube. The only way I’m confessing is while having a mature conversation with my close friends and family, who I know will not judge me for the real me.