The video above was first posted on January 1, 2007. That is four years ago. It is a video that sent shock waves through the Lonelygirl15 community.
Times have changed but when we look back towards the beginning of the Lonelygirl15 series we perhaps see the beginning of the "web series" phenomena. It is true that there was online content back in the 90s but I think anyone involved with Lonelygirl15 would recognize that it was transformative.
From the beginning Lonelygirl15 broke all the rules. Who would think of producing a series at anything less than "DVD quality"? Certainly not anyone from the TV industry. Everything about Lonelygirl15 was different. The production, the distribution, the engagement. We did not so much view it as a series but rather participated in it. This is when the "web series" came into being.
Thank you Mesh, Miles and Greg for breaking the rules. Thank you Jessica for being our "gem." Thank you Yousef for being a gentleman. Thank you Amanda for adding the drive. Thank you Cassie for adding the darkness. Thank you Glenn for adding the sparkle. Thank you Zoey and all the admins of LGPedia who added order to the chaos. Thank you to all the cast and crew who contributed over the years. Thank you to the community who participated.
Someone asked me yesterday if LG15 was dead. Not sure about that, but what I can tell you is that "Lonelygirl15" is alive and well. "Lonelygirl15" is not just a web series, it is a way of life. Today the community may not be centered on one web site but the bonds that were formed still live on in Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Twitter, Wikipedia, Second Life, etc. etc. Community members have permeated every aspect of online entertainment and each and every one knows the debt they owe to "Lonelygirl15".
So as we move on to look forward to 2011, lets take a moment and salute the past. "Lonelygirl15" will inspire many web series in the years to come and each and every one of them should appreciate the well spring that gave them life.
WE WILL NOT BE STOPPED.