That’s it for Lonelygirl15, who has been revealed as a fake, according to Wikipedia (sic; original links):
On September 8th 2006, people claiming to be the creators of Lonelygirl15 claimed it was a fake, on Lonelygirl15.com saying (in part): ‘the biggest mystery of Lonelygirl15 is “who is she?” We think this is an oversimpliﬁcation. Lonelygirl15 is a reﬂection of everyone. She is no more real or ﬁctitious than the portions of our personalities that we choose to show (or hide) when we interact with the people around us.’
According to the LA Times, an IP tracker was placed on a myspace page to which the user lonelygirl15 was lured. According to this tracker the person using the LonelyGirl15 username did so from a server of the Creative Artists Agency, A Hollywood casting agency.
On September 9th, a day after independent ﬁlm makers claimed to be behind the Lonelygirl15 videos, the Lonelygirl15.com site became inaccessible.
I imagine some of us can say, ‘I told you so,’ but questions remain unanswered: what was she selling? Was it an experiment in social media? Was it an attempt to create Pretender or Lost-like mysteries surrounding occultist Alestair Crowley and seeing how or if we’d be hooked? Was it to market the Creative Artists’ Agency? Who asked Californian attorney Kenneth Goodfried to register Lonelygirl15 at the US Patent and Trademark Ofﬁce?
And will there be enough fans who will suspend reality and demand that the story continues anyway, because they want to see how it ends, and because the footage is probably already shot?
Now there’s your money-spinner, right there.
Del.icio.us tags: Lonelygirl15 hoax Posted by Jack Yan, 23:32
I'd never even heard about this LonelyGirl15 thing until I got to your blog. I'm way out of the loop.
Like nicole, I visited a little later than the masses. After viewing a bit, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would have believed it was “real” or created by the girl depicted. The lighting and camera work are way too slick. The graphics are too professional for even a prodigy student. Plus, lonelygirl is too perfectly cast — she’s a Hollywood-style actress. It all reads like a movie or tv series trailer.
I was late into this as well—really the last month or so, but apparently the YouTubers have been following it since mid-year. To me, I was just uninterested. A female American teenager’s life has very little signiﬁcance to me; the only thing that was interesting, of course, was the popularity and theories about the genuineness of the videos.Post a Comment
Highjive, to me the girl just didn’t look as young as she said and her make-up was too heavy. Maybe American girls wear a lot of make-up, but it struck me that she didn’t apply it herself. I never noticed the rest.
Thank you both for your comments!
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