Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Lonelygirl15 the post-expose video
We all know she's "not real", like most people, she has a contrived self, full of artificial desires from ads and commercials, full of comfort zones and taboos, obligations to parents, home-schooled hermit, "I've never been to a party" she sighs.
Lonelygirl15 is the victim of cyber-sleuths, analyzing her every nuance and gesture. But she's not real. The person pretending to be Lonelygirl15 is something Other, perhaps a barfly or crack whore, who knows? We cannot know. Online personas are easy to whip up and use to seduce people.
Fans became hooked on a persona made of scripts and acting. A false entity. An imaginary friend. A liar. An actress. A deception.
We know a movie's not real, especially the dopey droopy docu-dramas (The Path to 9-11), interpretations of events (Smell Gibson's The Passion) and "based on a true story" (Blackhawk Down) myths.
But we assume, wrongly and naively perhaps, that a video on YouTube or a blog is an authentic depiction of a real human person. Not an actor. Not a script. Not a routine. You Broadcast Yourself, not a fiction self made up by a production company, for unknown purposes.
She's not real, but her boyfriend tries to get her to disobey her strict authoritarian tradition-minded father, who walks around with a Sisyphus limp, an Oedipus foot swollen to arrogant proportions, a Pere Ubu or father of goo.
"You have too much preparing to do," barks the tyrannical patriarch of the seldom seen path. "Your participation in the ceremony is a huge honor."
She's not real, but there are passages memorized, diet followed, exercises done. Intrigue. Harry Potter cannot be far behind, lurking like another liar in the filthy shadows of transmorgification.
She's not real, but merchandising is on its way. Get your Lonelygirl15 Branded eye shadow, music CD, spelling book, lunch pail, blog template, tee shirt, DVD, virtual family dungeon game.
Marketing: Mystery vs. Transparency, Evasive vs. Invasive, Cheese vs. Mousetrap.
An ongoing video soap opera, occuring primarily at YouTube, is a business model in itself, but can it violate netiquette and blog core values, and succeed through worst practices? With addictive content, and disgruntled fans? We shall see.
This video was uploaded 3 days ago by "aruc23" age 85, country CA, videos 1, subscribers 10, videos watched 0. This profile contains a photo of Lonelygirl15. Yet another evasive move, another aka / alias?
Will YouTube permit Fictional Character Vlogging? With no disclaimer or transparency of agenda? With clandestine production and mercurial distributors?
Watch the Tibetan tantric whisper transmissions, a technique I espouse for secret emergency communications, but not in a feature film. Films have too many big talking heads and too much whispering at crucial points in the narrative.
Bend sinister: what, or who, is the agenda? Duped~!
Lonelygirl15's new Video (2:09)
Posted by steven edward streight at 9/12/2006 09:19:00 PM