‘Death of a Content Creator’ Is a Tragedy for the Internet Age
This article originally appeared in The Daily Dot
By Rae Votta
If the modern American Dream is going viral on YouTube, then a sketch from UCB Comedy’s Los Angeles Digital that parodies “Death of a Salesman” is our new great American play.
In this revision, “Death of a Content Creator,” Willy Loman is desperate to go viral. When one of his videos catches fire, he promises his wife, things will start looking up.
The video doesn’t follow Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play exactly, but it captures the spirit perfectly, with Loman telling his wife that he’ll soon make “the front page of BuzzFeed Geeky” and selling his wedding ring to buy a GoPro.
Loman’s wife eventually leaves him, lamenting that she could have married one of the guys who edit “Epic Rap Battle.” Even when Loman’s video starts to go viral, it’s soon torpedoed by a copyright claim. Oh, Internet — you’re a cruel mistress indeed.
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