From a post on the Lonelygirl15 forum: “A Message From the Creators”:
Thank you so much for enjoying our show so far. We are amazed by the overwhelmingly positive response to our videos; it has exceeded our wildest expectations. With your help we believe we are witnessing the birth of a new art form. Our intention from the outset has been to tell a story– A story that could only be told using the medium of video blogs and the distribution power of the internet. A story that is interactive and constantly evolving with the audience.
Etc etc etc.
Dedicated media trendsters should note that Lonelygirl15 is only the SECOND most subscribed to podcast on YouTube. #1 is…geriatric1927 an old dude who sits there and rambles on about the good old days and the directing career of Michael Landon. No one ever suspected he was a fake, although faking an old dude rambling on with no cuts and amateurish SFX is a lot easier than faking a hot young girl with MTV stylee jump cuts. Go figure.
See, I’m just paranoid enough to think that maybe the message from “The Creators” is bogus, too. Their message-board account was created the same day the post was made. To me, it just smacks of somebody just wanting to further mess with the heads of LonelyGirl’s legions of fans. And the LonelyGirl phenom seems the kind of thing that would attract somebody who’d want to mess with people that way.
Anybody can say anything on a message board. Anybody can pretend to be anything.
I say this because, in fact, *I* am LonelyGirl15.
Prove I’m not.
I was wondering if anyone heard what I heard–that the climax of these videos would come on Crowley’s birthday and the videos were in fact a viral marketing campaign for an upcoming horror movie. Evidence I’ve heard tossed around (although I haven’t seen it myself) includes footage from one webisode where a shrine to Crowley is shown in her bedroom, the ambiguity about her parent’s “strange” religion, and her preparing for an upcoming religious festival set to take place on Crowley’s birthday. Maybe I care too much, I’m just starting to find the whole thing bizzarely interesting.