My kids have favorite YouTubers (people with a YouTube channel).
It strikes me how radical this is. I grew up watching Love Boat and Starsky and Hutch after school. The YouTubers my kids watch are essentially making indie TV shows for the computer – either Let’s Play, or straight GamePlay, or even videos that use a game interface but are more like stand-up comedy. All are episodic. All have subscribers. All are indie and completely unique – no Hollywood stereotypes, no industry-approved scripts.
It’s all indie, all the time. This is the future, folks. And it’s highly entertaining. (This doesn’t foretell the end of novel-reading, but it is some serious competition. And I believe that the novel will continue to be the “base form” of literature, from which will spring movies, TV shows, VR experiences, and more.)