Losing the limelight

Sam Lasky, Staff Writer

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On January 17th, 2017, the world ended: Vine was no longer with us.

After this tragedy, many were left to wonder, where did all the Viners go? People who became popular on the app were now forced to sign-off. A whole era of funny videos and fans just keeled over and disappeared.

But that’s the thing about internet fame — it comes and goes.

Whether it be Instagram, musical.ly or YouTube, thousands of kids are desperate to be renowned vloggers or lip-syncers, while fewer kids grow up aspiring to be designers, doctors or teachers.

People expect this fleeting life of fame to bring them happiness, six-digit salaries or hot celebrity friends — but that’s not reality.

Instead, all that attention becomes toxic, damaging the people behind the screen. Our society shouldn’t be letting young kids log onto this world of potential hate and disappointment. We are giving them a number that defines what it means to be “liked” and “successful.”

Because realistically, nobody wants to be that person who goes from 100,000 followers to zero in one day. But pretty soon, they might be … and then what?

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Losing the limelight