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Obama Girl, Fred, the Movie Reenactment Guy and Other Online Phenoms at YouTube Live

This weekend, YouTube is going analog, showing off a bunch of the freaky people who have become online phenoms, at YouTube Live, its “first ever official live community celebration.”

Taking place in San Francisco on Saturday, BoomTown and thousands more are going.

And, frankly, I am not sure I want to meet some of these folks, including the truly warped Fred Figglehorn (the No. 1 most subscribed channel in YouTube history), Obama Girl and Brandon Hardesty, the guy who does movie reenactments.

Also attending the event by YouTube, which is owned by Google (GOOG), are some actual stars, such as singers Akon and Will.I.Am.

YouTube says there will be more than 50 YouTube and real-world stars scheduled to appear, with a combined 2.5 billion video views on YouTube.

Will I be bringing my video camera? In the words of a more recent YouTube phenom, Governor Sarah Palin: You betcha!

Here are some YouTube phenoms:

Obama Girl

Fred Figglehorn

Brandon Hardesty


Please see this disclosure related to me and YouTube (which is owned by Google).

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work