The arrival of popular Youtuber Alfie Deyes caused teenage hysteria as hundreds of people queued up for the chance to meet him on Dublin’s O’Connell Street on Saturday afternoon. The vlogger, who has amassed more than 4.3m subscribers on his ‘Pointless’ channel since its 2009 launch, drew hundreds of teenage supporters from all over the country to his book signing in Eason’s.
The Eagle has cast its Cold Eye on Alfie Deyes and his girlfriend Zoe Sugg aka Zoella, before. They are leading internet VBloggers producing nonstop pap of mind numbing banality. Like many we celebrated last December when they announced they were quitting the internet, a promise they have sadly broken since. This happened after it was discovered Zoe’s Xmas bestseller “Girl Online” had been ghost written, somewhat diminishing the premise that Zoe was speaking directly to her fan base. The book which was being plugged at the event in Dublin, Alfie Deyes’ “Pointless 2”, has been likened to a kids colouring book so it obviously gives an insight into his great mind.
Rhik Samadder, for The Guardian, stated “It’s a bit like the activity sheets given to children in museums and on planes to keep them quiet. Most of the pages are largely blank, containing instructions to “Draw a selfie” or “Fill this page in with whatever you want!”, and found that while “It may not be Moby Dick”, he stated that “the Pointless Book is a canny piece of merchandising.
See: Shock! Horror! Zoella & Alfie Deyes quit internet!
More than 10,000 people applied for tickets to meet the famous Youtuber who is now internationally recognised for his content. “I’m going to die. I’m overwhelmed. I can’t even describe it. I’m shaking. He’s the most amazing person in the world,” said Rebecca from Wexford. “I’ve been watching him for about three years now and you never think you’re going to meet him at all. I’m just delighted to be able to meet him and that he’s here,” said Catherine from Meath. “I feel like I’m about to explode, honestly,” said Leah from Belfast. Thanks Leah, what is this thing about Belfast and exploding?
A girls phone had run out of charge at my Dublin meet up, so I took the picture on my phone. Here ya go x pic.twitter.com/SxbgOYO5ou
— Alfie Deyes (@PointlessBlog) July 12, 2015
Alfie was in Dublin to sign copies of his new book Pointless 2 and to pose for pictures with excited fans. “Hey Guys, thanks so much for having me here in Dublin. I’m having an amazing time. Check out my new book. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks so much for the support it has been crazy. I want to come back soon. I want to come back,” Alfie said.
To paraphrase Marshall McLuhan the “Social Media is the message” and no doubt Alfie and Zoella are enjoying their 15 minutes of fame, they moved into a One Million pound house in Brighton a couple of months ago. Nothing like making a career out of being pointless, what next for Alfie? Politics?
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