Dreamworks and MTV can’t Ignore Vine Star Nash Grier’s Hate Speech [GUEST POST]


Fred Phelps, who led the gay-hating and headline-grabbing Westboro Baptist Church, passed away on March 19th of this year. TMZ eulogized him with a link to Kool & The Gang’s classic song “Celebration.” But it may be too soon to celebrate the passing of Fred Phelps’ ignorant views. Teen Vine star Nash Grier has picked up where Fred Phelps left […]

‘Harriet Tubman Sex Tape’: Silence Is More Vulgar Than Fiction [Op-Ed]


Harriet Tubman was not making headlines before Russell Simmons featured her in a steamy, fictional sex-tape on his All Def Digital YouTube channel — and then backed down with an apology. This is odd, because race and racism were definitely making headlines. Simmons sparred for weeks with CNN’s Don Lemon about his on-air criticism of […]

Before You Kill Your Viral Video … [GUEST POST]


Few things bother me more than someone deleting a video because it went viral. It happened with Rebecca Black’s original “Friday” upload due to a copyright dispute. It happened with Ted “Golden Voice” Williams, again due to a copyright dispute. It happened again yesterday with a video called “Student Mad at Teacher at Duncanville High”; […]

YouTubers Lamarr Wilson and Tay Zonday Do The ‘Carlton’ In Latest Video


YouTuber Lamarr Wilson calls himself “The World’s Funniest Tech Reporter,” and he’s done a lot of fascinating things in his life — he’s been a schoolteacher, a businessman and is currently one of the geekiest vloggers online. Now you can add lounge singer to that list. For his last “VEDA,” or “Vlog Every Day in […]

Bad Boys Win: Blame the Bad-ass or Blame Ourselves? [Op-Ed]

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There’s a sex appeal to bad boys who rip the world like tissue paper. It’s the sex appeal of James Dean in “Rebel Without A Cause.” Shy teens and adults who are mad about their unfulfilled childhood dreams both look to bad boys with jealousy and admiration. Humans fantasize about being antisocial and successful. We […]

Lies My Youtube Subscriber Count Told Me [Op-Ed]


There is no reliable connection between a YouTube channel’s total number of subscribers and its video views. Fred, at one time YouTube’s top subscribed content maker, has only gotten a small fraction of these subscribers to watch his videos in recent months. Explosive YouTube channels like JacksGap frequently exceed their subscriber count in video views. […]

UPDATED: Creators Tell NMR What They Think About the New YouTube Layout [EXCLUSIVE]


After quietly rolling out their new layout to a select few, YouTube finally launched their new interface yesterday. The YouTube Creator Blog says that the new design will help creators “build a bigger, more connected audience by improving new channel discovery, simplifying subscriptions, and keeping [their] fans plugged in and aware of [their] new videos no matter […]

NMR reacts to ‘Youtuber’s React…’ [VIDEO]


Every so often my job includes watching/reviewing some new web series that makes its debut. Today, I’m all about the new Fine Brothers’ production “YouTubers React …”, now the fourth leg of their popular “React” video series. Technically, they could now turn their “React” stool into a chair. After “Children React,” “Teens React” and “Elders […]

Is YouTube Killing The Radio Star? Nielsen Study Says Teens Pick YouTube Over Radio [INFOGRAPHIC]


First, it was television, and then came MTV. Is YouTube the next medium killing the radio star?   According to a survey of 3,000 consumers by Nielsen, it looks like YouTube is winning the hearts and minds of teenagers when it comes to music listening with 64% of those surveyed saying that they listened to […]

WANTED: Advertisers Seeking YouTube Stars


YouTube has been hustling in the last few months for more ad money. First, the expansion of the partner program tried ensuring that anyone with talent could make their fair share, which would mean more money and a pool of target demographics for advertisers. The company also tried seducing them by pushing original programming through […]

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