Jenna Marbles is a YouTube personality that creates and posts new videos weekly. Viewers usually determine the topics of these videos—she takes into account what her audience is requesting of her, and she complies. These topics range from “People That Piss Me Off At The Gym” and “What Girls Do In The Car,” to “How To Avoid Talking To People You Don’t Want To Talk To.” The first video has been viewed 6,701,617 times and the second video has been viewed 14,728,128 times. The third video has been viewed 18,828,074 times. (All as of Feb. 16, 2012).
I have chosen explores relationships through a social media lens as well as “creepers.” Aptly named, the video’s title is: “Creeps on the Internet.” It was published on YouTube on Jan. 4th, 2012.
The video begins with Jenna Marbles talking about the shirt that she’s wearing and goes on to make a pop culture reference (“War Horse.”) She introduces the topic by stating that she has been thinking about this subject for a while and that she has some thoughts regarding it.
First, she makes it clear that she “fully respect[s] and support[s] everyone’s right to stalk others via the internet.” She supports her opinion telling the reader to imagine all of their “friends” on FB, YouTube, Twittter, Tumblr, etc. and evaluate how many of those “friends” you’ve actually met in person. She then says that “If you’re watching this video, there’s a chance that some of you have never met me, because I haven’t met twelve million people.” After giving various other examples (ie. following celebs on Twitter), she raises a valid question: “Why do you do anything on the internet that doesn’t involve you… or your mom?”
She proposes that “the reason social media is so successful…is because people have this natural curiosity about what other people are like, whether you know them or not.” She then says that when you FB stalk someone, you get to know him or her, and they become your “friend that lives on…104 Internet Street.” She admits that she’s an internet stalker.
She is okay with random guys (whom she doesn’t know) posting inappropriate comments on her photos; she justifies this by stating that “maybe it’s just his way of telling you… ‘Hey girl…’” She then explains that “we’re all different,” and as such, all of our “line[s] of appropriate is a little different than yours.”
She then raises an interesting point: “If you had never internet stalked that person at some point or another, you wouldn’t know that they’re crazy! Zuckerberg did you a…favor! You almost dated that girl.” She furthermore proclaims, “We, the people of the Internet, just need to accept, and admit, that we’re all a bunch of f*cking creeps. We…love stalking each other’s sh*t…Endless hours of…entertainment.”
She ends the video by stating: “I’m a creep; you’re a creep; we’re all a bunch of creeps.”
Jenna Marbles’s weekly videos do two things: 1) Each video offers her opinion on the viewer, and 2) each video entertains the viewer. The setting in which her video takes place is a bedroom, so the viewer may feel like he or she is over at a friend’s house (Jenna Marbles’ house). This creates a friendly feeling between the viewer and Jenna Marbles. Bringing her dogs into the video at the end also reinforces this feeling of actually knowing Jenna Marbles. If her argument was stated in a more formal manner, and the setting was a conference, for example, some of the points that she makes may be taken differently or viewed in a different light.
Compared to the manner through which the stories in Life 2.0 were presented, the Jenna Marbles video was more personal and didn’t offer any bias. She went through her logic for coming to her conclusions well, and she did not. One thing that would have bolstered her argument would have been examples of her “creeping” on Facebook or of others “creeping” on her Facebook or YouTube channel and her reaction to those posts.
I personally don’t think that it should have been presented differently; the reasoning she uses is completely her own, and I think that by creating a comfortable atmosphere, her opinion lands more on the viewer as another way of looking at things, rather than the way you should be looking at things.