“Space travel was once the communal dream and subsequent reality of 1960s. Fifty years ago, the Saturn V blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center and landed the first men on the moon.”
It was a dark day.
I was lying in bed recovering from emergency surgery from a cat bite.
Yeah I know, most people raise a quizzical eyebrow when I feed them that line. But it’s true, my cat was having a bad day and took it out on my hand by sinking his bacteria infested fangs into the back of my hand.
But that’s not the dark bit.
The dark bit came when I caught site of this:
It happened during the week everybody was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Some reporter was making the point that when we first put a man on the moon, a lot kids immediately wanted to be scientists and astronauts.
Having watched the anniversary celebrations, kids were polled to see if they felt inspired to be astronauts and carry on the work that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins started all those years ago.
Shockingly, the kids collectively said hell no, they’d rather be YouTube stars. That’s where the fame and fortune are these days.
A recent survey of 3,000 kids showed that more kids aspire to be a YouTube star than an astronaut.
And if the kid lives in the U.S. or the U.K., then they are three times more likely to want to become a vlogger, than say, a kid in China.
Not surprisingly, kids in America are more clueless about space travel than their foreign peers.
So you wanne be a vlog star?
Well so did Michelle Phan. Check out what happened to her when she got what she wished for: