In light of recent events, and having been an attendee of VidCon this past year (and hopefully in the future), I’ve been thinking a lot about what could possibly be done at conventions (any, not just VidCon, this is just YouTube themed because of recent happenings) to combat an implosion like this from happening again. I’ve talked at length with friends about this, but we came up with a big fat nothing in the area of prevention, for many reasons. First off, if you tried to cut creators off from fans, you’re lumping them all in with the likes of Sam Pepper, keeping them from underage, impressionable youth just in case they set up illegal, after-hours meet ups. Secondly, coming at it from the other side, VidCon is so massive that it is literally impossible to fathom controlling the masses of screaming fans. Either way a huge selling point of VidCon (and YouTube itself) has always been accessibility…any and all scraps of ideas we were able to scrounge up infringed upon that somehow and I for one don’t plan on letting someone like Sam Pepper ruin the experience of a convention like that.
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