Making your Career on Youtube- Meet Jenna Marbles


Freedom of Youtube: Creating your own job, free of pressure by advertisers

A rise to fame on YouTube is the result of the following: humor, musical talent, a shocking news story.

Jenna Marbles, the “queen of YouTube,” is a highly influential individual, currently with ten million subscribers to her YouTube channel, and additional fans via facebook.  She is a self-declared comedian; her general crowd is teenage girls who share in her day-to-day problems.

Jenna Mourey is better known as Jenna Marbles, using her pet’s name as her given surname.  A sports psychology major got her nowhere, but after her initial postings she earned recognition on Youtube. Her first video was “How to Trick People into Thinking You’re Good-looking,” which was recorded while she got ready for work.

Ms. Mourey currently lives in Los Angeles, and continues to make videos.

She makes a substantial living through the Youtube Partner Program, which gives her a portion of advertising profits that people watch before her videos.

Other groups and stars share similar stories with Mourey, including a group called ImprovEveryWhere and musicians like AJ Raphael.

What is important: despite more “official” offers, Mourey retains her original act: recording from her bedroom on daily issues, and chooses to retain her intellectual freedom: she decides what to put in her videos, how to post them, and what she says.

This intellectual freedom is not something that would have been possible without the internet and YouTube.  On typical comedy shows on television, any show really, advertisers restrict the creativity of any producer.  Were Jenna Marbles on television, she would be pushed out, even censored for her profanity.  The beautiful thing about YouTube: she can keep making videos until the day she dies, an no one can stop her.  Why? You can’t control the internet.

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The Digital Humanities and the Knowledge it can Preserve

My personal Digital Humanities Definition

Digital humanities: devoted to understanding the many ways in which digital platforms increase our connectivity to the world economically, socially , and how we can benefit. I attended an information session about the program for Media Culture Studies; it seemed to teach one how to use features of the internet,  such as blogging.  My interest ended at that point, because I have never blogged and lacked curiosity.

During the discussion in class we talked about digital literacy as being able to navigate all of the opportunities on the web, such as blogging. My definition is a little different because I tried to think about the benefits of the Digital humanities, rather than just the process

The site I found seems to define the digital humanities as an open source of scholarly communication.  My definition does not seem to cover this.  I have forgotten that one can benefit from the digital humanities intellectually as well.  My definition is tied to connectivity and social advantages of business, not education.  This online Journal has different volumes of information about the digital humanities; some selections brought me to diagrams about analyzing and writing a paper. I selected a journal, and read the following article: “An Electric Current of the Imagination: What the Digital Humanities Are and What they Might Become,” by Andrew Prescott, from the Journal called Art. Prescott discusses how the digital humanities has become an intellectual movement, which began with the digital imaging of books.  He goes on to discuss poetry and displays a picture, creating a digital representation of the Internet.  This person’s interest lies in preserving all knowledge in a few thousand petabytes (a petabyte is a quadrillion bytes of memory).  I suppose this is an avid goal of the digital humanities, to make knowledge accessible to all, online, as opposed to locked up in libraries all over the world.