The Creator/Viewer Divide panel took place on Saturday at Summer in the City 2015. It featured creators including Charlie McDonnell, Dodie Clark and Mamrie Hart. It was chaired by Luke Cutforth.
With the discussion around YouTube culture and the creator/viewer divide still going in the YouTube community, the well-attended panel was made up of Luke Cutforth, Dodie Clark, Charlie McDonnell, Jamie Jo and Mamrie Hart. It took place in Panel Room A.
Starting off with a few questions from Luke, the panel discussed the healthiness of the creator/viewer divide, whether they thought it was important not to share everything online, as well as YouTubers being fans/viewers themselves.
Dodie started the discussion by saying that she originally began as a fan, and therefore doesn’t see such a divide. She went on to say that she shares a lot of her personal life online, and treats it as an online diary, whereas Mamrie stated she felt it was important to keep her personal life personal.
“I think it also depends on your goals outside of YouTube,” she says. “I feel like for myself in general I don’t put stuff out there because I also want to be an actress and a writer and things off of YouTube. So with that, the longevity of everything else I’m doing, I feel it’s important to not put it all out there.”
Luke then took questions from the floor, which opened discussions about fans paying for content and meet and greets, as well as smaller YouTubers collaborating with bigger YouTubers.
Once Luke’s questions were up, he took some questions from the floor. An audience member asked: “Do you as YouTubers feel a lot of pressure to be a good example to your viewers?”
“I think there’s a level of responsibility,” Mamrie said. “Yes I drink on camera, I don’t get black-out drunk on camera, but I’m also 31 years old. I don’t condone underage drinking, I don’t even condone texting and driving. So I would just say that I have a level of responsibility where I say be yourself, be nice to people and have fun drinking if you’re of age.”
Charlie talked about the pressure, saying: “I can’t help but feel this sense of dread. What if I say something wrong, or if I encourage someone to do the wrong thing?”
He went goes on to say: “I think it’s super important if you’re in the position where people are looking to you to figure out the right things to say to take that responsibility seriously.”
Photos by: Nathan Li
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