YouTube is a booming online community for sharing and building TV buzz

minted methodshopEveryone loves lonelygirl15. Well, almost everyone. The doe-eyed coquette has almost 10,000 subscribed fans who seemingly adore her every word and roll of the eye.

The wistful teen is the newest on video-sharing phenom’s A-list of self-made, pajama celebrities.

The YouTube pop star calls herself Bree and says she’s a home-schooled high schooler confined to her castle by strict parents. Armed with a pink boa, purple monkey and sidekick danielbeast, aka Daniel, Bree’s video posts have garnered as many as 500,000 page views on one short film. The series, a fixture in the YouTube community, has even generated thousands of spin-off parodies, commentary and conspiracy videos in a community of unlimited growth.

“People in the U.S. are addicted to being famous, and they would kill their own mothers to get on TV,” said William O. Beeman, an anthropology professor at Brown University, in an attempt to explain the phenomenon. “And that’s kind of an extreme view, but there’s something to it. People in the U.S., starting in high school, do like the idea of being popular, or well-known and identifiable.”

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