It’s pretty obvious that autograph books are a thing of the past.
When digital cameras became ubiquitous in the early aughts, people hoped to snap photos with their favourite celebrity. Now that everyone has a phone with a front-facing camera, selfies are the way to prove you were in close proximity to a star.
But what does an autograph — or now, a selfie — line look like these days?
Kessler just wrote an excellent feature on the rise of YouTube stars and how the celebrities teens and young kids are worshiping these days aren’t necessarily the A-listers you see on television or in the movies.
We recently profiled the fans of a YouTuber named “Bunny” — fans who waited in line for hours in the middle of the day in New York City to get a glimpse of the 26-year-old who pulls in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from ads on her wildly popular videos.
We knew selfies with celebrities were popular, of course, but watching a selfie receiving line in action like the one above? A pretty tell-tale sign that times are changing.
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