The sheer volume of people with internet access means that the volume of submissions will be…substantial. But most will be crap.
Some folks out there are truly talented. Their skills honed over the months and years, they possess a unique ability that the real world can’t or won’t appreciate.
In many ways internet cred is more impressive than real world popularity. Firstly, because it’s much much harder to get. The internet is the same place where racism can exist unhindered, Hitler speeches can be used to parody the success of Justin Bieber and a short video of a basket of kittens can get hundreds of millions of views. There is no rhyme or reason to it, only humanity.
Secondly, because your reach is vast and virtually instant. If your video on youtube is given a ‘thumbs up’ by ten thousand people, that means ten million actually saw it. How many years of auditions and casting calls and smaller theatre runs do most actors tolerate in order to reach an audience of that size?
Finally, internet cred is more impressive because internet viewers are ruthless. They hate on first glance. If you’re lucky, they’re indifferent. They will only see what you made, nod and move on to the next thing.
The internet is a hating organism. Hateoraid is not sipped here, it is quaffed as if ale into the mouths of a tyrannical, pot-bellied king and his corp of knights in medieval times.
The time you spend conceiving and conceptualizing mean nothing to the internet. The money you paid out producing it? Bah. The pains you took to make it brief and entertaining? F*** you. If it ain’t good it ain’t good even if it IS good. Why? Because the internet says so. They didn’t ask you to come, but they’re insisting that you leave.
Humanity is desperate for vain pleasure though. So fight they will to make sure that they keep putting their heart and soul into things that the internet will despise on impact.
Video bloggers will blog about nothing for tens of minutes at a time and berate those that hate.
Wannabe comedians will comment on news and politics hoping to catch the eye of someone that can make things happen for them.
Chicks will complain about spending too much money at brand name stores and laugh at the derisive responses.
‘Time Magazine selected ‘You’ as the ‘Time Person Of The Year’ in 2006 in reference to the vastness of user-generated content to various social media websites.
We, now more than ever, are our own entertainers.
Copyright laws are stronger than they ever were. ‘Steamboat Willie,’ Disney’s first ever incarnation of ‘Mickey Mouse,’ has still not entered the public domain. Messing with it will get your content taken down because Disney still owns the property and can’t wait to take their ball and go home.
Will that stop the public from messing with copyrighted material?
Which is why some forward-thinking young (or old) genius took their audio-editing software and sound engineering prowess to Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ and DragonForce’s ‘Through The Fire And Flames.’