Sometime during the early 1980’s I was reading a speculative science article about a concept called hypertext. Now of course you can just click that helpful link to find out what it is, but chances are, you won’t have to. If you’ve been on a computer at all, you know what hypertext is and if you are like me, you click on hypertext links maybe a hundred times a day. But in the early 1980’s, when computer screens were small with green text, I couldn’t see the utility of a hypertext, let alone wrap my head around the concept.
And now I’m having another hypertext moment, and it’s called Playlist Live. You can click on the (hypertext) link if you like to peruse the website as I did, but once again, I couldn’t wrap my head around it. It appears to be a Comic Con for YouTube video bloggers. Why there would be such a thing I can’t imagine. What would be the point? But apparently it’s some sort of big deal since my daughter wanted to go. I farmed out the entire enterprise to her mother, since every time she would beg for Playlist Live tickets I would have to ask, “What is that again?”
So I’m not going to get the concept anytime soon.
So last weekend was the big event. I guess. I have to take my daughter’s word for it that it was a big deal. It seems she went from booth to booth collecting autographs from these YouTube stars. To me, that doesn’t seem to be much of a collectible. On the other hand my parents wouldn’t have understood that my comic books that they threw out as when I was a kid could ever have any collectible value either.
Anyway, one these You Tube pseudo-stars, Tyler Oakley, created a video that I mocked in a post last year, The Real Dollar Store Diva. I just didn’t believe, and still don’t, that some punk kid is a better shopper than I am. So when my daughter got around to his booth, she told him that her Dad was the real Dollar Store Diva. His reply?
“You’re dad is such a queen.”
As insults go, that ranks somewhere below, “I know I am but what are you?” But I think my shopping accolades are still intact. Now excuse me while I go load e-coupons on my Winn-Dixie Rewards card.