Whether you find him quite annoying or the object of your desire, it’s universally agreed that Justin Bieber has made an incredible career for himself. Discovered at such a young age by superstars Scooter Braun and Usher, Justin Bieber was able to use YouTube as a platform to spark his multi-million dollar career. These days many people are uploading videos of themselves on YouTube hoping to find the same success as Justin Bieber, whether it’s in the Music Industry or just Hollywood.
There are millions of different videos that attempt to utilize the power of Youtube, from videos of people covering their favorite top 40 hits to a Volkswagen commercial featuring a little boy as Darth Vader, which gained over 52 million views. A boy who had never seen Star Wars before. Everyone is seeing that the Internet is a great tool to attain stardom, and many are trying to get their talent or name out there.
With so many people trying to blossom through YouTube–hoping Ellen will feature them on her show or that Daniel Tosh will mock their attempts to skateboard–is it becoming too easy to become an Internet sensation these days?
In terms of Internet sensations hoping to branch out in the Music Industry, Facebook and Twitter are flooded in links that people share featuring cover songs of many classics, whether it’s a Top 40 hit or Edward and the Magnetic Zeros hit “Home”. There are many people with a lot of talent out there–people who have videos that only have 10,000 hits, but those people don’t get as much recognition as the others.
It’s safe to say that we will not see another person have the same magnitude of fame like Justin Bieber for a while. He is the canvas for being discovered on the Internet and creating an incredible career, along with the most viewed video on YouTube ever for his song “Baby”. Many may come close to him, but it will definitely be a difficult goal to achieve. We live in a world where it’s easy for a viral video to become a topic of dinner conversation, but how easy is it to reach ultimate stardom?
There is a stage presence that even YouTube videos have. You can watch a video and know that the performer is going to be famous one day because of their drive and presence in the video. Eight-year-old wonders like Sophia Grace and Rosie rapping Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” has flooded YouTube and social networking sites for both their incredible talent and presence when performing in their videos. With a voice that Nicki Minaj described as “the future,” we even see Internet sensations begin to blossom online.
We live in a society enveloped in television shows like American Idol, the Voice, and even websites like YouTube and Sound Cloud, which are all outlets for aspiring singers to get their names out in the public and have us all view their incredible talent. With so much talent out there, it is important to have a lasting factor in everyone’s mind, not just having a first-class voice anymore.
Girls such as Rebecca Black are becoming infamous for singing about their Friday routine while men like Collin McLoughlin covers songs with one of the most sensual voices that have been heard in a while. While Rebecca Black has been featured on many news outlets, including Good Morning America for her YouTube viral hit, other artists with incredible talent are left in the shadows waiting for that one influential person to hear their song.
It isn’t just people looking to get into the Music Industry who are flooding the Internet, but animation, news stories, images, politics and even classic home videos. Antoine Dodson has become an Internet celebrity by being featured in a ridiculous news story and had his interview auto-tuned with over 100 million views. The boys in “Charlie Bit My Finger” will become a household name for our generation as we’ve mimicked and watched these two little boys smile and cry about finger biting with adorable accents.
People are also spending hours a day searching for pictures of “LOL Cats,” just to get a good laugh. Most relevant to today, we have been introduced to KONY 2012, a movement that will definitely be spoken about for years to come due to the viral hit and incessant bad publicity following. How do we find the “good” Internet sensations and help them rise to fame, rather than support videos of unicorns going on magical journeys through a forest?
It seems that you need to either have incredible, mind-blowing talent or an absolutely ridiculous idea…so what happens to the people in the middle? With so many videos out there how can you set yourself apart? Once someone does it big, can it be outdone?
Although making a comparison involving Kim Kardashian makes us all pretty irritated, there is no denying that there won’t be another Reality star out there like her. She capitalized on the idea behind “reality star” just like Justin Bieber did “Internet Sensation.”
What’s important now, especially for our society, who has access to the Internet anywhere they look, is to focus on the real talent out there and help real careers come forth through the Internet. If you see two girls singing in their basement belting out Rihanna and Drake with so much heart, try to share it before you share a woman getting smacked in the face by a watermelon sling shot.
If we all supported the real talent and entertainment out there that the Internet has to offer, we could help distinguish between real Internet sensations and people looking for their five minutes, no matter how many girls and how many cups. Here’s to hoping for change and talent, and not a sequel to Rebecca Black’s Friday.
Amanda Perez | Elite Daily