Real vlogs: The rules and meanings of online personal videos

Aymar Jean Christian

Abstract


This paper explores what the “rules” of vlogging (video blogging) are: the various visual and social practices viewers and creators understand and debate as either authentic or inauthentic on YouTube. It analyzes a small, random set of vlogs on YouTube and highlight several controversies around key celebrities on the site. This essay concludes by challenging whether conversations around authenticity will persist in dialogues about online video.

Keywords


youtube; online video; web series; authenticity; social construction

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v14i11.2699



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