The strange phenomenon of the photographic internet 'superstar shop assistant.'


The photographic internet is a strange place. Populated with 'reviewers' 'gurus' and 'pundits' who are only too willing to share their 'insights' 'reviews' and 'advice'.

And none is more strange that the rise of the shop assistant 'superstar'. Kai at Digital Rev and the Canadian Abbot and Costello at the Camera Store. Plus the whole thing seems to be taking on z-list celebrity overtones with Billy (one of the 'Fuji Guys') turning up in a Camera Store video and Phillip Bloom flying out to Hong Kong to do a video for Digital Rev TV which involved him making a video with the camera in a Barbie Doll! 

The problem is that these jumped up salesmen are now turning out videos that are more about them than the products they are supposed to be 'reviewing.' Maybe looking for a slot on the next 'I'm a celebrity (NOT!) get me out of here.' 

I have to admit I'm getting pretty tired of the whole thing. At one point it may have been amusing but there is a limit to how many times I can listen to Kai's adolescent toilet humour or watch Chris Niccols at the Camera Store preen himself on camera.

Isn't it about time that these wannabee 'personalities' went back to where they belong, behind the counter. 

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