Gen-Z anxiety that digital influencers (i.e. Lil Miquela) might take away potential influencer jobs from human creators. Potential future vector for class and labor solidarity.
Carly Busta: People are really bored in quarantine.
Daniel Keller: Yeah, looking for things to cancel… and it's just, like, not even a new project or anything.
LIL INTERNET: Although one thing that I think is kind of interesting is people of our generation, we don’t consider being an influencer as a serious job. We think of it as something funny. And also, of course, there's a lot of discourse around the human becoming a product and a pure agent of capital and consumerism. But it does seem like the rhetoric from younger people is “a real human girl could have been signed to WME if Lil Miquela wasn't.” Influencers to them seem like they are the same as factory workers. Like it's literally thought of as if automating influencers is the same as automating Gen Z factory jobs. That's actually pretty surreal.