New vlog comments, a few things before I get into the "internet hate" portion of it. --
I seriously laughed so hard I spat my drink out when she was walking around with her mom and commented that her mom asked to go to more unique/local shopping places. Definitely a good idea from mom! I laughed when Taylor took her to Zara in the last video, like you guys were saying before... her mom comes halfway around the world and she takes her to Zara, of all places? It's definitely a better use of their time to check out the sites (or, yes, even the shopping places if they're in the mood!) that you just can't find anywhere else rather than going to a big name brand place.
I swear she's doing "arigatou gozaimasu" to continue this long-running joke. Her way of showing the "I stopped at Starbucks" portion of her day was her picking up the drink with the obligatory "arigatou gozaimasu."
The "show, don't tell" shots work out so much better for videos like this where she's doing a lot of sightseeing. I feel like there were a little to many shots of Tay looking at the camera and explaining what she's showing her mom vs. actually showing the cool shots. The time lapses and scenes from the streets at night were SO visually interesting, and when she started showing the street rather than just looking at the camera and explaining where they were, the effect was a lot better! She can always add voice-overs or text in editing to explain where they are and cut the unnecessary "here's me looking at the camera for several minutes talking about what's going on" vs. jumping right in and just showing it.
I kind of wish she didn't do the Q&A. I know she explained that she's already seen all of what her mom was watching on TV, but it feels like she's arbitrarily filling in the time because she wants more variety in her vlog for the day when literally no one would blame her for making shorter or fewer videos while her mom was around, because I think most people would think, "Hey, your family is visiting from out of the country. They're only going to be there for a short while, so spend as much time with them as you can!" I wonder what her mom has been thinking when she has to spend extra time to get footage or goes off on her own to film something like a Q&A while she was there. :\ Personally, I would feel a little sad...
ANYWAY. Now about the hate part...
For the most part, I think what she said about dealing with hate was fine. The "they're insecure/jealous of you" argument is never a 100% reliable one. SOMETIMES, yes, people are jealous and insecure with themselves and get something out of putting others down. This really rings trolling, rather than constructive criticism to me. I can't say I go anywhere else than here to read about what people have to say about Taylor, so I'm sure there are trolls out there that might say awful stuff about her, but the general sense I get from everyone here is that we're not here to troll her or even HATE her. Much the opposite, a lot of the comments I see here are very constructive and suggest ways that Taylor could manage her online presence, her videos, the things she says/does/puts out there in a way that would cast her in a better light.
For me, personally, I absolutely DON'T hate Taylor! I don't come here to hate on her. Much the opposite, I quite like her! I wouldn't waste my time watching her videos if I didn't find something enjoyable about them. She's more like my problematic fave. I see so many GOOD things in her, but also so many things that I wish she would stop doing or that she could be better about. A lot of it is my very arbitrary opinion, and the only things I sort of get really frustrated about with her is how she might come off to younger/more impressionable viewers if she isn't honest (especially on videos where she offers questionable advice lol like that one where she suggested people are always talking about you behind your back), or when she does stuff like... goes to a foreign country for a few years and doesn't spend as much time as she should learning the language. But honestly, my intenion by posting here -- and I feel like the intentions of a LOT of people that post here, too -- is never, "Oh, I HATE this girl, I'm going to go badmouth her online so maybe she'll stop what she's doing." But rather, it's to engage in discussion with others who watch/see/generally consume the media she puts out there and talk about what I like/don't like. Our comments really have no inherent influence on her life. She can read about how she's being perceived and CHOOSE to do something about it or figure out her own way of dealing with it (or not dealing with it). It's up to her, and I definitely don't have any sort of end-goal in mind by engaging in discussion.
She mentioned how the end goal of those comments on the internet is to get her to stop what she's doing (and, she argued later, consequently, to stop her from progressing forward). It might be for some, but for me -- and probably for here -- I really don't think that's the case. My desire for Taylor is definitely NOT to see her stop making videos! I think I'd be a little sad if she announced she was quitting YouTube or something. I just want to see her make better videos, more thoughtful ones, and just sort of improve that persona she puts out there because I feel like she DOES have a lot to offer. She has an interesting life (even if she puts out many videos of the same old thing/shopping/etc., she still has the foundation for something REALLY interesting... not everyone can say they moved to and traveled around Asia as a model and cultivated a job (her income source aside, I'm really just talking about the YouTube work that she chooses to engage in every day) that she truly seems to enjoy and be interested in. She's in a very unique position and could be taking advantage of it more, and I HOPE that she does. I don't want to see her quit at all, and I DO want to see her keep moving forward.
And yeah, absolutely, she shouldn't waste her time paying attention to pure trolls whose end game is just to get people to think how edgy/clever they are and make the other person feel bad. There's no point. But there's absolutely a point in interacting with your viewership (especially if you choose to incorporate your fans/viewers/etc. so much into your personal image/brand like she does) that goes beyond just trolling you.
The "focus on your own life" comment was the only part that didn't sit as well with me, haha. Fortunately, I have the capacity to think about several things over the course of the day, and me commenting on Tay's videos doesn't detract from me improving my own life, lol.
Good lord, I'm sorry for my frequent novel length comments. Being brief was never one of my strengths!