If you've recently visited YouTube, there's at least some likelihood that you've run across Lonelygirl15 (who is one of the most popular vBloggers on YouTube with over 8 million hits since putting up her first video eariler this year).
Well, there have been some interesting developments over the past week - you have to give it up to the geeks, they do their research (but usually after they have "invested" their geeky heart-n-soul in something). Lonelygirl15 is a fake, a plant, a character dreamed up by some enterprising film makers - those that have invested time in her, and believe they "know" her - are now crying in their keyboards, wondering WHY???
After talking with my wife (check out her blog), she made a great statement "they're upset because they believe they're above being marketed to - they're too savvy for that". She's right!! There are lots of people out there that believe the Internet is different, it's a place where you get to know people, make friends and have fun.
Guess what, the Internet is just another communications medium - so get over it. Enjoy it for what it is, understand that people can be "who they want to be" or companies can "make you believe" things.
I say congrat to those film makers, to the actors on the videos and to YouTube - and welcome to the new face of the media. "You Created Content" is not always YOU created. Now if only I could figure out how to recreate myself.....