Recently Liam Dryden posted a video concerning people “shipping” other people. Just in case you haven’t seen it, here it is:
Like Liam said, public figures are usually subjected to “shipping”. Shipping on its own is fine, great even. But it’s when you start to ship real people that you get into that weird, messy grey area.
Personally, I think the reason real people are “shipped” isn’t just because people don’t imagine them as complex individuals, but also because they don’t really present themselves as such.
When people make Youtube videos, they usually project a specific version of themselves. They take the best aspects of their personality and build them up a bit for the camera. For example, Charlie McDonnell is probably quieter in real life than he is on Youtube. People aren’t exactly as they portray themselves in videos. This just makes it too easy for the people watching to see them as characters, separate from real people like themselves.
Another part of this problem is the platform. When people are used to only watching the lives of characters unfold on a screen then it’s not that insane to assume that most people you watch from behind a screen are like fictional characters. So people only ship them with each other because it’s not that hard to think of them as fictional.
The simple solution to this problem is for people to remind themselves that the people they idolise on Youtube are still people, just like them. They hav, flaws, habits, insecurities and can think for themselves. But this idea seems to be lost on fangirls. If people were to stop thinking of people that are “internet famous” as untouchable gods then it would solve a hell of a lot of problems. Fangirling, mobs of insane people and this whole shipping people crap would stop. Because people don’t want to ship people. People want to ship characters. As soon as you get past the delusion that people are characters and start seeing them as the real, complex people that they are then you wont want to ship them any more.
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