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How YouTubers synthetically bond with viewers

DePaul alum Iliana Raykovski of

Mackenzie Murtaugh, News Editor

February 3, 2020

In the social media age, those who are lonely can scroll through the endless feed of their favorite outlet to find a creator or influencer to keep entertained during their most isolated times. The most famous YouTubers have hours of content made to keep the viewer occupied, and the automatic “up next”...

The Evolution of YouTube

The Evolution of YouTube

Gianfranco Ocampo, Contributing Writer

May 6, 2019

  With the release of PewDiePie’s (Felix Kjellberg’s) video “Ending the Subscribe to PewDiePie Meme” on April 28, he signaled the end of not only the battle for the most subscribed YouTuber, but also confirming the changing of the guard of the YouTube platform that many of us have recogniz...

Unpacking the explosive rise of mukbang

YouTube star Erik the Electric in one of his many mukbang videos featuring popular American fast food items.

Holyn Thigpen, Contributing Writer

April 29, 2019

In a 43-minute-long video with almost 400,000  views on YouTube, Stephanie Soo sits atop her kitchen stool and devours over 100 spicy dumplings with sprinkles of impassioned commentary—“So hot, so steamy so juicy!”—and straight-to-camera gossip about friends’ douchebag boyfriends of days p...

Satisfaction has gone viral

Satisfaction has gone viral

Luc Fougere, Contributing Writer

March 4, 2019

Whether it’s a squish, pop or crunch, we have all seen those oddly satisfying videos on social media at some point. Whatever your ASMR preference, there is probably an Instagram or YouTube page dedicated to it. The short, repetitive videos are designed to relax and calm the viewer, leaving them mesmeriz...

Esports continues making waves globally

Esports continues making waves globally

Lawrence Kreymer, Asst. News Editor

October 22, 2018

10 years ago, making a living from playing video games was nearly impossible even for hardcore gamers. Video games were meant for having fun and having something to do after work or school. However, in the last decade the growth of video games and esports has opened up opportunities for people who...

Courier 12: Screenwriting conference sees biggest year yet

Courier 12: Screenwriting conference sees biggest year yet

Michael Brzezinski, Contributing Writer

October 1, 2018

Saturday saw what director and DePaul professor Wendy Roderweiss has described as “the biggest and most challenging event in the CDM.” That event was Courier 12, a five-panel conference tailored specifically for screenwriting majors and other CDM students to connect with industry professionals and...

The top YouTube channels for new summer music

Maddy Crozier

July 18, 2016

Summer doesn’t make too many demands, but summer and new music go hand in hand. Something about the season begs us to find new favorite songs. YouTube can be one of the best sources for finding summer hits, and subscribing to channels can bring newly posted content directly to your home page. Che...

YouTube star Laci Green discusses rape culture at DePaul

Sex education activist Laci Green hosts her series Sex+ on YouTube. (Creative Commons)

Luisa Fuentes

April 23, 2015

As a part of Sexual Awareness Month, the DePaul Activities Board brought sex educator speaker and feminism advocate Laci Green Read More »...

Majoring in viral videos: DePaul students and alum big on YouTube

DePaul alum Iliana Raykovski of

Alyssa Girdwain

November 9, 2014

The world of YouTube runs deeper than minute-long cute cat videos. Call it a cultish, virtual Hollywood, but DePaul students and graduates are using the platform to create quality content, build audiences, craft a persona and launch a career in entertainment. A prankster, vlogger, and beauty guru sound of...

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