TIME Magazine has just dropped its 100 Most Influential People of 2016, it consists of well know people bigging each other up like Bono for John Kerry or Lil Wayne for Nicki Minaj. One of the odder ones is South Park main man Trey Parker praising YouTuber Pewdiepie; I would've thought Parker would've taken the man born Felix Kjellberg badly, the sort of inane cultural totem South Park loves to satirise. They sort of did right here:
But still, Parker wrote:
The first time my stepson showed me a PewDiePie video, it made me feel old. Most of the screen was a video game—except a small box in the corner, which showed the 20-something guy playing it. Every few seconds, he’d make a joke or react to events with an exaggerated facial expression. I remember thinking, What the hell is this?
But the more we saw, the more I understood why Felix Kjellberg, with some 43 million subscribers, is the most-watched person on YouTube. He’s charming and funny, and he knows how to edit himself. And he has turned passive gaming into active, enjoyable entertainment.
I know it might seem weird, especially to those of us from an older generation, that people would spend so much time watching someone else play video games. (That was actually a plot thread in our PewDiePie South Park episode.) But I choose to see it as the birth of a new art form. And I don’t think anyone should underestimate its most powerful artist.
Maybe there will be some shitty ungodly collaboration, after the Book Of Mormon anything's possible...
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