The Social Media Virgin: One Kiwi’s loopy quest makes watching TVNZ+ enjoyable

Kiwi Kent Briggs is a social media virgin.


Kiwi Kent Briggs is a social media virgin.

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REVIEW: Gained nationwide consideration along with his considerably frenetic investigation right into a 30-year-old chilly case about Who killed the poodle Lucy? Again in 2019, Kent Briggs is again with one other thrilling, albeit greater than difficult, problem.

In Social Media Virgin, a six-episode docu-series (now airing on TVNZ+), an Oakland-based Technology X “creator” makes an attempt to raise his on-line sport from zero to web hero standing in just some months. As he admits within the introductory episode, “I’ve had loads of silly concepts over time,” however this can be his most bold objective but, attempting to succeed in one million subscribers in simply 100 days. In any case, it took Jennifer Aniston simply over 5 hours to do the identical, so how tough can that be?

In addition to, Briggs has a plan. Along with searching for recommendation from Kiwi “consultants” and those that “clearly have a sport”, he’s greater than prepared to place his physique, psychological well being, and fame on the road.


Social Media Virgin is now obtainable to stream on TVNZ OnDemand.

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As Jeremy Wells’ pretty authoritative and dry, wry narrative tells us, the inspiration for this insanity stems from two fateful incidents in Briggs’ previous. The primary pertains to his highschool band Jemima Mudduck’s first reside efficiency in 1993, when he inexplicably yelled “F… the system” in an adrenaline-fuelled second of defiance. The varsity authorities weren’t amused.

The opposite was the demise of his finest good friend and “ridiculous confederate” Barry in a automobile accident simply earlier than they have been to point out their skills around the globe (by way of the standard Kiwi OE to London).

Briggs says that it was in honor of each of those occasions that he determined to have “the final dance on the stage of massive silly concepts.”

Nix Adams is just one of the Kiwi


Nix Adams is simply one of many Kiwi “consultants” Kent Briggs is on the lookout for at The Social Media Virgin.

Whereas there is a sure fascination and pleasure in watching Briggs craft and typically disastrously construct his viewers and subscriber bait, it is extra than simply kiwi freaks. The fly-on-the-wall, warts and all model means we see his errors and frustrations because the hours spent honing content material, writing posts, and responding to each remark fall not on time. As Briggs himself places it, it is “a targeted, intense studying curve” and as (if no more) a cautionary story about discovering web fame as “the right way to succeed on the social media sport.”

Nevertheless, The Social Media Virgin’s actual secret sauce comes from Briggs’ tough, intimate interviews with Kiwis, which have managed to win over a big on-line viewers. Niks Adams’ depraved humor and brutal honesty shine by means of as she particulars how her on-line video diary started as remedy for herself and proof for her household that she was attempting to place her considerably shady previous behind her.

“Care for your self, it is a powerful sport,” she advises Briggs. “Opening your self to judgment and criticism could be detrimental to your well being, so focus in your function, why you’re doing this, and every thing else will fall into place.”

Others who supply recommendation alongside the best way embody comedians Joe Daymond and Tom Sainsbury, dancer Elvis Lopeti, YouTube sensation Nela Zisser, and social media stars Jamie Curry and Chris Fox.

However for all their dexterity and sick strikes, it is Briggs’ personal ramshackle, uncooked, down-to-earth, laid-back kiwi that makes this watch so entertaining and thrilling.

Social Media Virgin is now obtainable to stream on TVNZ+.

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