Dr. Karen Lee
English and Composition II
21 February 2009
A Summary of “On YouTube, Everyone’s An Anti-Star”
In Evan Lushing’s “On YouTube, Everyone’s An Anti-Star”, published in 2009 in Convergences: Themes, Texts, and Images for Composition, Lushing begins by saying that YouTube offers up the chance for fifteen seconds worth of arguable unearned fame. He explains that while YouTube was still just getting its legs under it, the most excitement came from watching recording of things that happened in everyday life. Now it has grown to a all new force that is filled with the bizarre and extraordinary. Lushing stated it rather simply that; “If you wanted your fifteen nanoseconds of fame, you’d better deliver the digital equivalent of a sucker punch”. (600) YouTube may produce the occasional stars, but those are few and very far in-between. Many more people are becoming what Lushing calls “anti-stars”. They don’t quite hold the same mystique as real life stars because you can’t translate what makes a true star, things like charisma, at a low resolution. It is not to be misinterpreted that by being an anti-star you are consequentially uncharismatic; you are just a normal person, one who could be described as familiar and approachable. If stars have gained fame by just being famous, then anti-stars really are only famous for the fact that they entertain you for such a short amount of time. Lushing ends his essay by admitting that the question still remains whether those low resolution videos can bring forth a star of the qualities that we associate with them nowadays.