By Stokel-Walker, Chris
In just a decade, YouTube has morphed from an obscure video-sharing site to a global media force. Every day 1.8 billion people watch its videos. The young in particular love its wild and unpredictable mix of stunts, confessions, fashion, dance and music, drama, horror and opinion.... Tens of millions follow vloggers who have made their name online, buying their merchandise and going to their live shows. KSI, PewDiePie and Logan Paul may be a mystery to anyone over 30 but they have sports cars, grand homes around the world and an always-on, always-odd lifestyle. And their videos - and antics - are increasingly influencing society. But who are the stars of this strange new world? Who are the producers and professionals managing them? What's it like to have to upload videos sharing every aspect of your life? How are the most ardent subscribers hooked? Just how much money do YouTubers earn? And how does the computer algorithm that serves up the next video to keep your watching arrive at its choices? Will YouTube replace traditional TV? For the first time, YouTubers cuts through the myths and spin to reveal the real YouTube. The WIRED and Economist journalist Chris Stokel-Walker charts the rise of the platform from a single home video to multi-billion-dollar behemoth, how it has shaken up the media and how its most prominent stars - and their fans - live. Speaking to some of the site's biggest names in front of (and behind) the camera, he tells the extraordinary story of how in just a few years YouTube took over our phones and our homes - and what that means for the future of our connected world.Read more
Chris Stokel-Walker is a British journalist whose work regularly appears in WIRED, The Economist and Newsweek. He is known for breaking major news about YouTube and often reports on the site for television, radio and podcasts. For YouTubers he travelled around the world, speaking to behind-the-camera producers and powerbrokers, including key creators KSI, Hank and John Green, and Emma Blackery.
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