The return of Bree
July 5, 2016 3:43 PM   Subscribe

lonelygirl15 was a prolific poster of youtubes back in 2006, where she angsted for the world to see. It was later revealed that the whole thing was performance art (to be polite). "Bree" was actually named Jessica Lee Rose and she was an acting student in NYC, originally from New Zealand. Now they're bringing her back!
posted by Chocolate Pickle (39 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
Weird, I was just thinking about looking up early internet celebrities last night, curious what happened to them. Weird because I never watched any of them in the first place. It's amazing how many people I know of but have never actually seen or heard what they do. Celebrity!

Jennicam was 20 years ago according to Wikipedia.
posted by bongo_x at 3:59 PM on July 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


It seems a bit presumptuous to claim that they are definitely bringing the series back. The new video was posted on the day of the 10 year anniversary of the first video being posted. It could be nothing more than a celebration, a one-off. I'm guessing it was produced as part of this oral history of the series that was also published right around the time of the anniversary. That article ends with some producers making vague mentions of wanting to bring back the series and having acquired the rights, but it's far from definite.
posted by Rhomboid at 4:09 PM on July 5, 2016


Recently.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 4:21 PM on July 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


Mods, any chance we can change the very misleading title? It's true that after the war with Angmar culminating in the Battle of Fornost most of the territory formerly part of Arnor was depopulated, but the Shire and the area around Bree was continuously inhabited through the end of the Third Age.
posted by The Tensor at 4:27 PM on July 5, 2016 [89 favorites]


Hmm. I feel like the nostalgia train is running faster and faster. How long before we are looking fondly back on things that don't mean anything to us yet?
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:32 PM on July 5, 2016 [7 favorites]


You guys, remember when GenjiandProust made that prescient comment about nostalgia? Classic MeFi!
posted by prefpara at 4:35 PM on July 5, 2016 [75 favorites]


> How long before we are looking fondly back on things that don't mean anything to us yet?

The real question is how long we have to wait to look fondly back on the time when we looked fondly back on things that haven't happened yet.

Actually, though, that's how we'll know that we've good and well wrecked everything: when our condition is so bad that we can no longer indulge in nostalgia for the future.
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 4:36 PM on July 5, 2016 [3 favorites]


Frank Zappa said it best: Death By Nostalgia
posted by murphy slaw at 4:39 PM on July 5, 2016 [3 favorites]


I am nostalgic for the comment that will follow this one. Man, they won't make comments like that anymore.
posted by prize bull octorok at 4:43 PM on July 5, 2016 [4 favorites]


Zippity BOP!
posted by Rhomboid at 4:47 PM on July 5, 2016 [22 favorites]


Your favorite source of prognostalgia sucks.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 4:50 PM on July 5, 2016 [2 favorites]


in pog form?
posted by entropicamericana at 4:56 PM on July 5, 2016 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: looking fondly back on things that don't mean anything to us yet
posted by hanov3r at 5:04 PM on July 5, 2016 [4 favorites]


Metafilter: looking fondly back on things that don't mean anything to us yet

The album cover is black and white with half a slightly out of focus face looking out a rain soaked window. All words and music by Metafilter ©2016
posted by bongo_x at 5:14 PM on July 5, 2016 [5 favorites]


> All words and music by Metafilter ©2016

that's what the album cover says, but actually it's just a bunch of old Jandek tracks with weird wobbly audio effects layered over them.
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 5:25 PM on July 5, 2016 [6 favorites]


"To be polite"? What about it wasn't performance art? I know there's people who cried fraud, but no money exchanged hands.

I mean sure, the blog she was doing wasn't real, but come in, this is the internet! That's really no cause to complain.
posted by happyroach at 5:49 PM on July 5, 2016


I remember liking things

Those were good times
posted by um at 5:57 PM on July 5, 2016 [16 favorites]


Frank Zappa said it best: Death By Nostalgia

I was reminded of that quote when Facebook made me a nostalgia-tinged slideshow of the previous day's pictures to share with my friends.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 6:03 PM on July 5, 2016 [3 favorites]


I remember how I used to like to like things. Now the things I used to like to like I don't like anymore, I like things I dislike now, and the things I used to like to like I don't dislike, but I don't really like so much, you know?
posted by Floydd at 6:06 PM on July 5, 2016


I like watching the new videos and comparing them to the old ones to see how her face has aged. It's like in Before Sunset there's a brief flashback to Julie Delpy in Before Sunrise, and while she's still beautiful in the second movie, it's almost startling to glimpse her in the fullness of youth.

And by "like" I mean "feel depressed by the inevitability of decrepitude and death".
posted by Hal Mumkin at 6:40 PM on July 5, 2016


Aging, decrepitude, really? She's not even 30.
posted by zutalors! at 6:44 PM on July 5, 2016 [7 favorites]


She's about 15 years older than 30. Not decrepit by any measure though.
posted by um at 6:48 PM on July 5, 2016


And I'm more than 10 years her senior and I know where she's (and all of us are) heading.
posted by Hal Mumkin at 6:48 PM on July 5, 2016


She's about 15 years older than 30. Not decrepit by any measure though.

I was talking about lonelygirl, not Julie Delpy.
posted by zutalors! at 6:49 PM on July 5, 2016


Every once in a while (not most of the time, but every once in a while) when I look at my sons, who are still in elementary school, I feel the inevitability of decrepitude and death. That doesn't mean I think they are decrepit. It's just that I remember when they couldn't even walk, let alone talk or rules lawyer me about screen time, and that feeling of the passage of time makes me feel the inevitability of decrepitude and death.
posted by Bugbread at 6:55 PM on July 5, 2016 [2 favorites]


Ok, but "how dare women and their faces age and approach 30" is definitely a thing and we'd do well to consider it.
posted by zutalors! at 7:01 PM on July 5, 2016 [9 favorites]


Agreed, but given Hal Mumkin's follow-up I think this is a reverse-stopped-clock thing (something is true so often that it's easy to miss the exception).
posted by Bugbread at 7:07 PM on July 5, 2016


Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.
posted by Freen at 7:41 PM on July 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


It never was.
posted by plastic_animals at 8:46 PM on July 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


No, it used to be great.
posted by bongo_x at 8:46 PM on July 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


I am glad to see that I wasn't the only one who first thought of the village of Bree.
posted by Ber at 8:57 PM on July 5, 2016


Make Nostalgia Great Again™
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:12 PM on July 5, 2016 [10 favorites]


Obviously not a lot of C.S. Lewis fans here.
posted by um at 9:36 PM on July 5, 2016 [1 favorite]


As a teenager in the 70s I had a weird fascination with the 20s and 30s. I had an NRA (National RECOVERY Administration--We Do Our Part!) poster in my bedroom and, rejecting disco culture, chose big band music and old Liberty magazines instead.

When I dragged my parents to a Benny Goodman concert--they weren't fans but I was too young to drive myself--they finally burst out in exasperation, "you can't be nostalgic about times you didn't actually live through!"J
posted by kinnakeet at 3:13 AM on July 6, 2016 [3 favorites]


Aging, decrepitude, really? She's not even 30.

We start dying as soon as we are born. Race ya!
posted by srboisvert at 6:27 AM on July 6, 2016


Only if you ignore that part where we were already dead and something happened that wasn't dying. My mom used to always talk that "life is sickness" crap when she was fixing on heroin, used it to rationalize it, said heroin was her medicine. Life isn't just about heading inexorably toward death. The first agonized gasp we ever make is a denial of death.
posted by saulgoodman at 7:08 AM on July 6, 2016 [2 favorites]


"you can't be nostalgic about times you didn't actually live through!"

A friend of mine is a successful illustrator known primarily for his work on The Shadow and he's always been fascinated with that era in world history, to the point that his father once asked him "Son, do you have a life in this century?"
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:37 AM on July 6, 2016 [2 favorites]




Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?
posted by whuppy at 8:00 AM on July 8, 2016


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