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‘The sad economics of internet fame’

This is an interesting story by Gaby Dunn at Fusion about the economics of YouTube bloggers who are famous, yet broke:

Not realizing that her handful of weekly waitressing shifts at Eveleigh paid most of her bills, a coworker from the video production site asked Ashley if her serving tray was “a bit.” It was not.

The first half of the article is interesting for its portrayal of the difficult economics of being an Internet content creator, but the second half is downright fascinating as an explanation of the catch-22 of asking for financial support (or turning to advertising). I recommend reading the whole thing.