Kingsley Just Called Out The Problem With “New YouTube” And TBH It Makes Total Sense
9 January 2018, 12:15
The veteran YouTuber weighed in on the controversy surrounding Logan Paul
OG YouTuber Kingsley has weighed in on the conversation surrounding new YouTuber vs old YouTube with some sage words of wisdom.
Last week a long-standing discussion about the direction YouTube has taken over the past few years, particularly in regards to the newer generation of vloggers, took on new importance after Logan Paul, regarded as part of "new YouTube" (as oppose to the likes of Kingsley, Tyler Oakley, Jenna Marbles, Zoella and other vloggers who have been on the platform for 6+ years), was widely condemned for his decision to post footage of a suicide victim's body to YouTube.
In the wake of the controversy, Kingsley - who joined YouTube seven years ago - called out the "greater corporate culture" which he believes YouTube is "a representation of."
"Once people realize they can make money, that becomes the motivations," he continued, before hypothesising that fans connected with older YouTubers more because "none of us knew we would make money."
"YouTube famous wasn't a thing," he added.
YouTube is nothing more than a representation of the greater corporate culture. Once people realize they can make money, that becomes the motivation. The reason you guys connect with older YouTubers is cuz none of us knew we would make money. “YouTube famous” wasn’t a thing.— Kingsley (@kingsleyyy) January 6, 2018
The rise in young people wanting to become YouTube famous is well-documented
In 2016, a career website found that 70% of 15-25 year old chose "youtube star" as their dream job. And with profit margins becoming the chief measure of success for many vloggers, shock tactics and click-baiting have become more extreme as the space becomes more crowded and YouTube personalities fight for attention and views.