It’s hard for me to think about YouTube only having a life span of 7 years. It’s incredible how much YouTube has changed the lives of a fair amount of people. A lot of people have been discovered on YouTube, the one that comes to mind the quickest is Justin Bieber. (insert groan here) In my mind, I associate YouTube with those annoying videos that my sister always tries to get me to watch. (I believe she spends TOO MUCH time on YT.) I usually gravitate towards celebrity interviews around the time their movies go out. However, there is one video that gives me chuckles to this very day. I’m pretty sure that everyone in our class has seen it at least once because the catch phrase that it has spawn has caught on, well like fire.
Michael Welsh spoke about the joy, fun, and empowering feeling that people get from creating videos. A lot of them are parodies because they do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Dance videos have become extremely popular even to the point that it doesn’t matter whether you understand the lyrics or not, like PSY “Gundam Style” has demonstrated. (It currently has 1.8 billion views on YouTube.) A lot of people have made it their careers to make YouTube videos, from video-blogs like Jenna Marbles and Kingsley to make-up videos, and how-to-do videos.
An interesting thought came to my mind as I was watching Michael Welsh’s video. He said that while we are becoming increasingly individualistic we are also desire the feeling of community. It got me thinking about the people who feel alone in this world or feel like they don’t fit in. They might be able to connect with someone who understands them through the power of the video they put out. I never really understood why people would put themselves out there like that, but I guess it makes sense to them and that might be all that matters. It could have to do with the fact that it’s “a connection without constraints.”
Michael also mentioned the comments that are left on the videos themselves. I must admit that I agree with Lev Grossman from Time Magazine about “weeping for future of humanity just for the spelling alone.” I guess people don’t care what they put out there because they feel as if they are invisible. And when you are invisible you can say whatever you want and you don’t have to worry about it coming back on you. Hide behind the username and maybe instead of creating chaos… create something beautiful, positive, and uplifting.