I tried to come up with an authentic title. This is what I ended up with…

authenticity-meme

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines the word authentic as “true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character”. By using a definition from another source, I myself am being unauthentic because I already know what this word means, but chose to use someone else’s explanation. Conversely, by not be authentic and using a formal definition, I provide a much clearer explanation that gets the message across in a much more cohesive manner. This balance between being true to yourself and providing an effective message to an audience can be seen in today’s so-called “celebrities” and public figures. There is a large amount of them who are known for being entertaining simply for being who they are and embracing the skills they possess. As we discussed in class, PewDiePie is a good example of this. He’s just a normal Swedish guy who likes playing video games and has a tremendous accent, and apparently that’s something that the population of YouTube enjoys. And this only reinforces Azzerad who says in his excerpt “The Minutemen”, “you [don’t] have to be a star to be a success” seeing as PewDiePie is now the most subscribed YouTuber today. Other game commentators like PewDiePie gained their success for their authentic personalities, which not only attract more audience members but also keep them loyal because they know what they say isn’t bullshit. What you see is what you get. The other side of this is a lot of famous people are liked because they don’t act like themselves. An example of one such celebrity is the comedian Bo Burnham. He is a very introverted person who likes to make silly songs and inappropriate jokes, mostly about sex. He started with making videos of himself singing original songs in his bedroom during his teen years, and now he’s one of the most famous comedians. His personality as a comedian is very different from his actual personality. On stage, he is eccentric and animated, which are very common traits for successful comedians. It’s easy to see that there are certain people who are appreciated for being who they are and others who are just entertaining. There are obviously people who fit both these descriptions, but for the most part it’s either one or the other, and audiences often aren’t too picky when sifting through both sides.

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