Now Auditioning for the Next Star Wars Kid
Have you been craving your 15 minutes of infamy? Are you not even qualified enough to make it onto reality TV? Well, you’re in luck. There’s a way for you to become a star after all. As this article explains:
Internet media outlets are striving to discover the next quirky or gripping low-budget online video so they can drive consumer demand for multimedia, bring in advertising or licensing dollars, and put their own video search engines and archives on the map.
But talent–like the 15-year-old “Star Wars” fan who inadvertently became an Internet star when a video of him staging a mock light saber battle found its way online–can be hard to find. And studios and broadcasters have yet to make much content available online due to piracy fears.
That’s why portals like Yahoo and Google, as well as start-ups such as Grouper and Veoh Networks, are attempting to create a new kind of social network. They want everyone–from upcoming filmmakers to artistic nobodies–to film videos, upload them to the Web, and let the masses decide what’s worth watching and what’s not.
The Star Wars Kid video became an Internet sensation. People from around the world downloaded it millions of times. The video was remixed with sound effects and music; and countless versions of it were created.
So pick up that video camera and channel your favorite Star Wars character. Your star on the Internet Walk of Fame awaits.
As the article notes, Internet media executives are feverishly discussing how to create compelling content that will draw large audiences like the Star Wars Kid video. That is the big question — not just for video. We here at Concurring Opinions are trying to create good content and develop an enormous audience so we can sell ads and get filthy rich. We need you to visit often and spread the word about Concurring Opinions to your friends. If you don’t, we might have to release the videos of Kaimi’s training to be a Jedi Knight.
Hat tip: Bruce Boyden