Haul Videos Prove Teenagers Aren't Feeling No Stinkin' Recession
- 2010/02/19 04:30:50
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Haul Videos, the newest phenomenon to hit the the technological teen world, have taken the online diary to a new level. It's creepy enough that thousands of teenage girls are posting their deepest thoughts to whoever will listen on a nightly basis, but now they've taken to showing the world the contents of their shopping bags.
Watching a few of these videos will undoubtedly make anyone over the age of 16 think two things: 1) these girls are really obsessed with their clothes and 2) they don't seem to be feeling the recession at all.
"It's easy to judge these girls." Says an NPR blogger who recently stumbled upon this new vlog animal. "They're perky; they're materialistic;
they have big closets. But the vloggers who make these videos take
fashion seriously. In their best TV stylist voices, they point out the
intricate beading on a blouse or the makeup that keeps them from
breaking out. Sure, it's not current affairs or politics, but at its
best, it's young women genuinely expressing their personal taste."
While that explanation seems just a little bit too congratulatory to me, one really does want to try and find a reason behind Haul Videos, because without any kind of explanation, they're nothing more than girls showing off for purely materialistic purposes.
Budding fashion mavens or bored, shopping-obsessed little girls, as these clothing and make-up "hauls" become more mainstream, big businesses are bound to catch on. How easy would it be for Target or Forever 21 to "sponsor" one of the more popular Haul vloggers, giving her stuff to pimp out and basically use her like a cheap advertisement?
What mother wouldn't be proud to see her 16-year-old girl shamelessly used by a big corporation?
I've never liked the idea that today's teenagers spill their guts in a public arena as easily as I used to write my issues down in my diary (which I locked and then hid, thank you very much). But the Haul Video craze seems to be reflecting more than simple teenage angst. Are the girls who make these videos really trying assert themselves as knowledgeable fashionistas? Do they just want to show the world how much stuff they have? Are they doing it because someone did it before them and it was popular so whatever?
Or, like this girl, do they just want an excuse to pet their own hair for 10 minutes?
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