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Thursday, August 03, 2021


A naif-like teenaged girl makes love (figuratively) to the webcam, posts the results on the Internet, and the online crowd goes wild.

Wow, like that’s never happened before.

Still, YouTube star-in-the-making lonelygirl15 has charmed none other than the New York Times’ Virginia Heffernan, whose call for a bonafide television deal for the online phenom prompted extended back-and-forth about whether she’s legit or not.

We’ll see if the Times exposure serves to blow her cover (unlikely, since her parents’ MO is that of societal shut-ins). And once my little blog’s mojo kicks in, well, forget it — she’s all over the pop-cultural map then.

After watching her latest goofball video adventure, I’m inclined to think it’s a set-up of some sort. Yes, I realize anyone can acquire good enough equipment to create near-professional quality productions, even in a young girl’s bedroom under the noses of unsuspecting parental units. But this one looks just slick enough — with small imperfections that come off more as intentional than not. That sets off my alarm. If it’s not an organized viral marketing effort, then it’s got pro-grade talent behind it, for whatever purpose. Maybe an extended pitch for an MTV2 series?

And if it is a viral hoax in the making, maybe any subsequent TV series can have lonelygirl15 bunk up with that girl Emily.

UPDATE, 8/13/2006: Folks are going to continue to pore over visual details and other perceived slips in lonelygirl15’s clips, hoping to find that “aha!” moment.

But as far as I’m concerned, that moment’s already been revealed, per the comments below. Mention that the lonelygirl15.com fansite domain was registered a full month before the first YouTube video appeared (a claim subsequently confirmed by my quick investigation) pretty much puts it away for me. She’s a premeditated stunt; the only thing left to wonder about is, for what. I’m still betting on this being résumé work for some television production hopefuls, looking to score a job at a youth-oriented network.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/03/2021 11:29:21 PM
Category: Internet
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Toward the end of the workday today, someone mentioned off-handedly that there was a rumor of possible blackouts rolling through the area.

A frantic panic went through the office. People who needed to catch trains to New Jersey, Long Island and upstate packed up quick and left, for fear of their rides getting stranded. Everyone else fretted about what to do if the lights went out, even for a little while.

I was a little shocked. I didn’t realize the possibility of a general lights-out would cause such anxiety. No one mentioned looting or anything of the sort; and I’m not sure that even entered into the equation, since there was none of that during the recent extended power outage in Queens. More than anything, I think there was dread over the mere inconvenience it would cause.

Anyway, it looks like any blackouts were limited to the East Side. So that minor surge was for naught.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/03/2021 10:24:56 PM
Category: New Yorkin'
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brokeback batcave
Now that Heath Ledger has been confirmed to play The Joker in the upcoming Batman Begins sequel (tentatively entitled Batman: The Dark Knight — smart choice), I guess we can look forward to a fresh wave of Brokeback Mountain parodies on the Web.

I’d think the early efforts have started appearing already. But we won’t really see the flood of clips for months, when preview trailers and leaked footage provide the video raw material necessary for extensive cut-and-clip manipulation into MPGs and AVIs.

Aside from a post-modern proclivity to associate homosexuality with caped crusaders — with Batman and his Boy Wonder at the top of most lists in that regard — the more astute parodists might want to pick up on these additional tangents:

- Batman/Bruce Wayne himself, Christian Bale, played gay in the underrated Velvet Goldmine.

- The extended Bat-family just had an out-of-closet event with the debut of a revamped lesbian Batwoman.

That should be more than enough raw material to choke up YouTube. I can’t wait to load up the first clip that features Bats plaintively saying, “I wish I knew how to quit you, Joker!” (Or maybe it works better with The Joker delivering that line…)

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/03/2021 11:13:18 AM
Category: Celebrity, Movies, Pop Culture
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