Thursday, April 18, 2013

Keep Calm and Watch YouTube

I love YouTube. I can spend hours watching ridiculous videos of epic fails, random commercials  and drunk ladies cooking. I agree with Burgess and Green that YouTube is the "eyes and the ears" of the world. You can look for just about anything and find it on YouTube. It popularity is insane, and the popularity of random videos is just as equally interesting  The viral aspect the videos take on is very interesting and something that would be fascinating to study. 

The Burgess and Green article covers a quote by the co-founder of Flickr, comparing picture sharing to keep in touch with family and friends very similar to the qualities of YouTube. One step above that I believe is the newly popular app "vine." This app allows users to create and post short video clips that are 6 seconds long and can be shared with your friends or posted on social networking. This type of user-generated only app will definitely not replace YouTube any time soon, but it does have a direct purpose of sharing short videos with your friends (or at least your online friends). 

But just like complaints with YouTube, it may begin to be taken over by the media or celebrities. Mashable wrote two interesting articles on how artists are using vine to push their product and political attack ads on vine. (Product Pushing and Attack Ads)

Although Burgess and Green argue that YouTube needs to take their users seriously in their claims to have more user-led innovation, it is obvious that any popular medium will attract advertisers, mass media, and celebrities. They don't want their limelight to be take over by some little boy who gets his finger bit. I enjoy the user made content, but I don't mind watching clips of the Ellen DeGeneres show on YouTube or even the Superbowl commercials. I think the perk of YouTube is you can find almost everything on it. You don't need to go to a new website for a specific movie. I say:


  1. YouTube is awesome and serves so many purposes. I thought it was interesting to hear how many people incorporate YouTube videos into their teaching. Something that was invented to serve as a source of entertainment has been utilized within the education world. Vine doesn't really make sense to me, it seems really choppy and awkward however, it does fill a need within social media to be able to share videos with your friends without creating a YouTube video. Personally, I use YouTube to watch pirated episodes of a Canadian


  2. It was interesting to hear about the many different uses that people have for YouTube. It has become such a melting pot of videos, that in a way, it may be loosing, or has already lost its structure, but is that part of its charm? In the world we live in, we seem to be guided by a list of dos and don’ts, and perhaps this is why YouTube and other social media sites have gained so much popularity. The lack of structure allows people to say and do what they want online. Granted there are some restrictions, but much less than other websites or online content.

    There is a lot of user content on YouTube, but as we discussed in class, this does not seem to be the primary reason for it. Granted homemade content is funny, entertaining, and even inspiring, but this does not seem to be the main reason (at least in our class) why people visit such a site. I found it interesting that user content is a big selling point for YouTube, but we use it for other reasons.