Raging Boy

The Center Of The Ring

On New Year’s Day 2018, Logan Paul filmed and uploaded a video of his team encountering a cadaver in Aokigahara forest, Japan. From an objective standpoint, Logan Paul’s horrific lack of judgement this day cost him a great deal both monetarily and in status. Now excluded from the Google Preferred ad program, dropped from two YouTube Premium shows, and 60,000 subscribers below the previous day’s gain, Paul was disconnected from his power. When Olajide William Olatunji (hereafter primarily referred to as “KSI”) challenged Paul to a boxing match just a month later, Logan Paul seized the opportunity to not only regain his old fame on the internet, but to help himself expand his brand into the mainstream. This project explores how Paul went from a YouTuber posting a dead body on the Internet to fighting in London all in an eight month span.

Because this subject is so complex, I have drawn my project into five separate modules united by a web. There is no particular order to exploring them; each has its own strengths and shortcomings, and none completely embody my project. This project is meant to be perused like Benjamin's vision of the flâneur in the arcades, where meaning is gained by the act of traveling.

Certain aspects of this project are disturbing. There are images that are shocking, but they are included as part of a legitimate conversation about that which is problematic. I deliberately do not address the issues of self-harm or include any images from Paul's inciting video.

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