Online video has proven to be one of the Internet's most disruptive frontier's, shaking the ground beneath the feet of Hollywood and television more than any other. It's taken the power of publicity away from marketing execs and carefully-controlled promotional work and allowed honest opinions to be heard.
Lindsey Stirling is a violinist and dancer on YouTube who manages to do both with tremendous flair. "It is extremely difficult to dance and play but I wanted to have fun while I played... I wanted to entertain and add fun theatricality and energy to my performance rather than just impress."
Why is Hollywood fixated on turning everything from the childhood of twenty and thirty somethings into a movie franchise? Because we love nostalgia! Nobody knows that better than Doug Walker, also known as the Nostalgia Critic, who writes and hosts a web series scrutinising the treasures of our youth with comically brutal honesty.
Doctor Puppet is a series of stop motion animated shorts featuring characters and concepts from the sci-fi series ... "We are working on episode 6 and it will premiere at the end of August. We're actually doing something really different and exciting".
The geek shall inherit the Earth, but for now we just dominate popular entertainment. In a world where properties in traditionally "geek" genres have become the heart of billion-dollar franchises, spanning multiple interconnecting mediums and calling back to decades-old source material, it can be hard for new fans to catch up...
In the second of a series of interviews with content creators, YouTubers and Internet stars, I spoke to Eric Rodriguez (The
"Every day we get messages from fans telling us our videos have given them a heightened understanding of the books we cover. It's really encouraging to hear." As well as giving a new perspective on the books being discussed, the unique format of the show seems to have struck a chord with viewers as well.