Overnight Fame, Instant Notoriety

“In a world where anyone can become a star almost overnight, the Internet has shown that with a single move as mindless, insensitive, and shocking as what Logan Paul did in Japan, one can just as quickly earn notoriety.”

My Life As An Aspiring Software Engineer

If the Internet has taught us anything, it is this: it can make people instantly famous, but it can also just as quickly make them infamous.

Such was what happened with YouTube superstar and actor Logan Paul recently. Paul first attained fame in the now-defunct Vine, a video hosting site similar to YouTube, where he posted 6-second video loops of himself that were wacky. He eventually started vlogging in YouTube where he quickly gained tons of fans. Today, he has a massive audience of more than 15 million followers. He is known for creating outrageous, goofy, and sometimes irreverent content. This paid off very well for him, literally earning him over $14 million in ad revenue for his videos last year.

But on New Year’s Eve, he went way too far. He visited Japan with his crew to film an episode in the infamous Aokigahara Forest, also known as the…

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