I can’t believe I care enough about this LonelyGirl15 unmasking that I keep hitting refresh despite a Problem loading page error (generated by site overload?). I’m too much of a Webhead to be any indication of popular sentiment, but the spawning of these YouTube “celebrities” really does seem to be happening with some regularity nowadays.
One thing we’ve learned from LonelyGirl15… production values and scripting and everything that goes along with a Hollywood production do matter. Even if some of the artifice in this case went to making it all seem like a home production job… the quirky narrative, the fast-motion photography, the editing and the music all added up to what we viewed as entertainment. Then again, home-grown editing and media creation tools are almost at the level to where this seemed plausible to a lot of people. But not quite.
UPDATE: The LA Times story on the unmasking. Turns out it was a $150 Webcam.