…and yes, they are separate things. I’m sure there are plenty of fans of internet sensations who will disagree with me, but it is my opinion that none of them are truly deserving of the term ‘great’. Sure, every now and then a star is discovered on YouTube, but it is very rare that they remain there. All good talent will find a bigger platform, given time.
Now, there are a special kind of people who thrive on using YouTube as their platform, such as Jenna Mourey (JennaMarbles), the guys from Epic Meal Time, FPS Russia and the like. But can we really call them great? In a time of such abundance of entertainment, they’ve done nothing but find a way to profit off people’s spare time and interest doing something they enjoy. I wouldn’t rank them amongst Sinatra or Monroe, but they still have their place in history, and at the very least they are quite entertaining.
But people like that are in the very select few.