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Sam Pepper YouTube Gathering: Simmering Irritation Boils Over

YouTuber and ex-big brother contestant Sam Pepper has been stirring up controversy on the ‘tubes lately.

The 23 year old -who describes himself on twitter as a “Self Acclaimed Social Network King” (it’s “proclaimed” by the way Mr. Pepper, just saying)- has attracted  criticism from within the community for the way he organized a recent London YouTube gathering.

Some who attended felt that far from encouraging creativity, collaboration and friendship between YouTubers and the people who view their content (as has arguably been the ethos since the first large YouTube gatherings in 2007) Peppers event served only to inflate the egos of larger YouTubers with more subscribers and views.

"I think the point of YouTube gatherings should be, well, you go to them and you meet people who are like-minded, nice and sweet and you go home and you talk to them on the Internet. They shouldn’t be ‘oh come to this thing, meet people with more subscribers than you and feel like a lower form of person’"

This isn’t the first gathering of it’s kind to be criticised though; YouTuber Lucy took to task footage of a February gathering (the original video can be seen here)

"The ‘famous’ youtubers literally climbed on it [a monument] and crowd surfed off into the arms of hundreds of fangirls. I just don’t know what to say about it other than it kind of upset me that this was was being advertised as a gathering"

She went on to say that these events corresponded far more to the idea of a “meet ‘n’ greet” than a traditional YouTube gathering.

Whatever they are it’s clear that the style of these events perpetuate the idea of a clear divide between content creators, content consumers and even between YouTubers themselves providing the gap in subscriber numbers is large enough.

Either you’re surfing the crowd or you’re holding the surfer up. That would seem to to stifle communication between the two almost completely and in doing so be the very antithesis of what was originally intended by the very first gatherings.

John Mortimer.

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