The Logan Paul Problem

The Logan Paul Problem

To the kid that started making videos in his bedroom, having such an affect seems almost unfathomable.

YouTube creators hold an audience. Their subscribers are a following and have a community in support of their favorite channels. Their following allows them to create merchandise, generate fame, and even make a steady career out of social media. YouTubers are slowly becoming celebrities with their millions of subscribers, the site is allowing for many career advancements and opportunities for those who are successful. However, to the kid who just randomly decided to film videos in their room one day, having such an influence over an audience can seem almost unfathomable. Take Logan Paul for instance.

Here's a quick background if you're unfamiliar with Logan Paul. Logan is 22 years old and originally started making videos with the app Vine and eventually moved to YouTube, where his channel currently has over 15 million subscribers. His subscribers referred to as the "LoGang" is mainly a younger audience. His videos have a total of 3.98 BILLION VIEWS. His success on social media has allowed him to gain several film and TV acting credits, including an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Basically, this kid has a reach that is essentially a small country amount of people.

One of Logan's latest daily vlogs was him exploring the Japanese Suicide Forest, which is nicknamed due to the vast amount of people that visit the forest every year to take their own life. In the video, Logan and his friends stumble across a body in the forest of a man that seems to have recently killed himself. Logan blurs out his face, but keeps the camera rolling, even zooming in and describing how the body looks. He goes on joking around in the video; which yes, humor can be a way to cope with something, but if you have an audience looking up to you, you should be a little more aware of the reality of what you are witnessing.

Obviously, this video received major controversy, but it also was the #1 trending video on YouTube before it was removed. With the intention of the video being to "bring suicide and mental illness awareness", the video clearly had a title that inspired clickbait and Logan even referred to it as his "craziest video yet". In his apology, he also clearly stated the video was "not posted for views. I get views.". I'm sorry, but with a following of 15 million people, you should be a little more aware of the repercussions and what you're bringing to your audience. Just because you've never seen a dead body doesn't mean your audience of young adults needs to see one too.

Can't forget to mention the amount of disrespect to the victim and their family.. how can one be so oblivious to the severity of what they're witnessing? I know you can't really predict what you would do in such a situation, but why is your first reaction to keep the cameras on and keep recording? Because the audience has made Logan realize that anything and everything he does is bound to rack up millions of views.

The culture we have created around YouTube has allowed vloggers, like Logan, to go to the extremes to get views. Unfortunately, although he says he has good intentions with the posting of the video, he knew that posting a video of a dead body would be bound to get even more people to click on even more than his other videos. He even reminded viewers to subscribe at the end of the vlog.

Although Logan is still under fire for the video, his fanbase still continues to support him. While this seems like something that would end his career, it will only make his stronger. He is getting the attention of mainstream media and celebrities. While the video was sickening, it will only be a matter of time before Logan is back doing his daily shenanigans and getting millions of views. Turns out, being an insensitive dumb ass is a multi-million dollar career and Logan will stay relevant as long as people keep watching.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.

When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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Yes, They Found A Real Black Panther. Now, Leave It Alone.

These animals don't want to be found. They want to remain the subject of folklore, told and imagined and unseen, for the only place they are safe is in our imaginations.


No, I'm not talking about the Marvel movie. But, these black panthers are so elusive that they might as well be mythical.

A wildlife photographer captured the coveted picture in Kenya and revealed the creature that once only hid in legends. Its deep, dark, black fur and bright eyes paint a picture of photography gold, something that has been highly sought after in the photography community.

Everybody has heard of albino creatures, whose distinct appearance is created by the absence of melanin. Well, these panthers are the opposite. They're melanistic, basically having skin that produces an excess of melanin and resulting in their rich, vibrant color. There are only a handful of these elusive, secretive creatures in Africa. While they've been the talk of many legends and folklore, this is the first time in a century that there has been a confirmed sighting. The picture is beautiful, and the photographer did a wonderful job of taking a picture without disrupting or hurting the animal.

Now, I beg of you, all you hunters and trophy hunters and anybody on that spectrum, leave this animal alone.

Leave it alone. Don't touch it. Don't try to find it or its habitat, and let it remain a legend. If we find its habitat, disrupt its home and and lifestyle, the mysterious creature will actually become a legend, endangered or even extinct. If we let it remain in story books and word of mouth and relish the picture we have, we can know that they are out there somewhere, thriving and flourishing without disruption. We can know that such beauty lingers in nature's confines, untouched and unharmed.

Their habitats deserve to exist without contamination. If you think these creatures are beautiful, the most important thing you can do to preserve that beauty is to leave them alone. These animals don't want to be found. They want to remain the subject of folklore, told and imagined and unseen, for the only place they are safe is in our imaginations.

Protect these creatures of the night, and let them simply be. So many beautiful animals have succumbed to extinction. Don't let the black panther join their ranks.

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