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And yes, I definitely feel for anybody working check-out when he goes shopping. Though on the upside, he'll now be boycotting all stores that accept EBT, so they won't have to deal with that anymore. :-)
The seatbelt bit actually descends into self-parody, though.
(and basically I went on like this, laughing like a sailor for nearly for 30 mins). Shame I uninstalled ME3 a while ago.
The good news is: We should be finished with Episode VI around then, and will be able to move smoothly on to parodying Episode VII. If the new movie sucks, we will redeem it. On the other hand, if the new movie is awesome, it will be awesome. You can't lose.
I can't argue with that.
I knew I was having a disproportionately annoyed response to the framing/consent thing, so it's nice to understand where that's coming from. I hope that with that understanding will come some sort of Zen acceptance, because I don't particularly enjoy feeling annoyed & unable to let the annoyance go! ;-)
Despite this, the narrator still regularly posts videos and tweets to keep the entire Internet-connected world up to speed on where they are and what they are doing.
In other words, I agree with the idea that it's a limitation of the medium and there's an extent to which you kind of have to accept that, at least until the medium evolves its own ways of handling that sort of thing more elegantly.
Also I agree with Kyra that Darcy noting that he's being filmed and then carrying on, whilst not exonerating Lizzie, at least makes it somewhat less sympathy-destroying for Lizzie to post this stuff than it would if it were secretly filmed. I mean, I'd still be annoyed if people posted a video they took of me online which I knew they were filming and hadn't given posting consent to, but there's a limit to the range of embarrassing behaviours you can catch me doing on camera when I know I'm being filmed whereas if you're actually spying on me without my knowledge the sky's the limit.
Good points about the influence on younger/more impressionable fans. I'm not sure just how responsible you can hold people for all those kinds of things, though there should be some kind of attempt at being responsible. Perhaps in future episodes they will deal with it - they certainly are having Darcy view all the videos, so that would be a great time to comment on it.
In the end, though, since I'm firmly in the "this is fictional" thing, I'm thinking of it as a story, not as a vlog. Which may or may not be the way they intend me to view it, but I think it's the most enjoyable way to do so.
Now, would I be as engaged in that way if they were retelling, say, George Eliot or Anthony Trollope? No, definitely not - but they also wouldn't have anywhere near the kind of viewership they have now either. I'm quite convinced that they have something like 50% of their viewers from the Green's pre-made fanbase, 10% of viewers from word-of-mouth/accident, and 40% or more viewers who are just enormous Austen nerds like myself.