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Good Question!: Who has the highest number of subscribers on YouTube?

Choices: a. Ed Sheeran   b. PSY   c. PewDiePie   d. Justin Bieber

Answer: PewDiePie

Most of us dinosaurs answered Justin Bieber because we’re just not hip, I guess. Turns out it’s some character who calls himself PewDiePie.

Felix Kjellberg, the 28-year-old Swedish YouTube sensation is better known as PewDiePie. Kjellberg plays video games for a living. His YouTube channel’s over 62 million subscribers — larger than the population of Canada — assemble to watch his over-the-top reactions to onscreen characters pummeling zombies, botching surgeries, ensnaring dinosaurs or just running around distant worlds in search of a booty to smack. Recently his channel became the first ever to surpass 10 billion views. According to Forbes, he made $12 million in 2016. By most accounts, he is the biggest star on the Internet. Who Knew?

There’s more to Kjellberg’s appeal than gaming skills. He scripts, produces and stars in all of his own content. He reads and responds to comments and tweets, and uses an online chat program called Omegle to talk to fans one-on-one. In his “Fridays with PewDiePie” videos, he does whatever fans ask him to do, which is mostly play games they suggest. He is unabashedly goofy onscreen— and often funny — but in a way that seems personal rather than performative. He calls his army of fans his “Bros;” their official sign is the “Brofist;” and both genders are equally represented within its ranks.

An interesting recent critique of this YouTube star can be found in The Guardian: “What’s up PewdiePie? The troubling content of YouTube’s biggest star”

Let’s watch a couple of his videos to better understand (or not) the PewDiePie phenomenon:
(Actually, watching only one, or even just part of one is plenty)

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