By: Kirsten Nicolaisen
Why do so many of us care about how many likes we get on an Instagram photo or how many followers we have on Twitter? Is it for the validation that we have a lot of friends? Or is it for the secret hope that our pithy comments or incredibly unique and interesting lives (both of which are probably no more original than the millions of other random social media users), will be noticed, and will propel us into some form of mini stardom?
In recent years we have seen how easy it is for any random person to gain fame simply through YouTube, blogging, and various social media sites. It's like everyone has a real shot at being noticed, a real shot that's so easily within our reach. Or at least that's what some people think.
Many more people desire fame or recognition than will actually say so out-loud, and technology has made it so easy for us to achieve this fame- or at least that's how it seems. I mean, hey, after watching people like Jenna Marbles the young sarcastic You-Tube comedian, rise to fame simply by posting videos of her clever hilarity, or watching girls become famous in the fashion blogging world simply by posting pictures of their style, how could we not feel that this from-home fame is not possible for everyone?
A lot of us think we're really funny. I think I'm really funny, dare I say hilarious when the right moment strikes, and we think our friends are funny too like we should all be in a sitcom. But really, everyone thinks that at some point. Don't deny it you do it too, and now that it's so easy to broadcast our lives to an online audience, we think: I'm funny, I'm interesting, I'm creative. Can I do it too? Can anyone just do it?
Well my answer is no. I don't think it's as easy as people make it out to be. You can have all the followers you want, but more likely than not, you aren't going to be the next Jenna Marbles and strangers won't realize that you're "funny." In my opinion it still takes talent to captivate an audience, no matter what the talent. It takes talent that few of us have, and talent that people really notice.