Monday, August 2, 2010

YouTube

YouTube has everything, and when I say everything, I MEAN EVERYTHING. YouTube is a website that allows its users to upload videos and share them with friends, and the rest of the world wide web. It is the third most visited website on the internet according to alexa.com behind Google and Facebook. Whether people are visiting YouTube for the vast number of "how to" videos, or just to watch my awesome channel, it has become a global phenomenon. It's affect on how we obtain information and entertainment will have a lasting impact on generations to come. YouTube's "how to" video's bring about a clear shift from a textual source of information to an audio visual source of information for users. What this tells us, is my generation "The Millennials" has changed the medium in which information is exchanged. Some might call it an improvement while other, more ignorant folk would call it a regression. By that last statement you can probably tell I think it's fantastic that I don't necessarily have to read shit anymore to learn how to do something. The same thing can be said for entertainment, YouTube has made almost any clip from any television show in history accessible for free. This could be the beginning of the end for Cable TV as we know it (a medium with little to no interactivity). YouTube offers the option to make comments on videos, user profiles, for the user's channel to have links embedded into videos, and very limited advertisements. The permanence of these television clips is unknown due to copyright infringement, but it hasn't stopped users from uploading millions of copyrighted clips daily. The original purpose of YouTube was as its slogan states, "Broadcast Yourself." With the ability for anyone in the world to film themselves and broadcast it to a gargantuan audience has created a new medium for the "stars" of this generation. I don't think I know anyone who does not know who the "Star Wars kid" is, or who the "Numa Numa guy" is. Had it not been for YouTube, no one would ever have known who those weirdos are. The point of all this nonsensical bullshit is YouTube has changed the media of information, the reach of such a media, and who can be exposed/exploited. Nowadays you don't need to move to Hollywood to get famous, you just need a camera and a YouTube account. I let my Uncle Ned weigh in on this...
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