Blog Post 9: Videos

Videos are amazing. And while we usually think of online videos as both Youtube and amateur, it’s important to remember that television stations and music artists are learning to use Youtube as well, making their own official channels to show previews of upcoming episodes and putting up official versions of music videos. (And in both cases, you can subscribe to the posters (BBC or Island Records) which will keep you updated on what’s new and be reliably high-quality and relevant, as opposed to individuals who upload miscellaneous videos and might not be worth checking up on on a regular basis.

Youtube is also great for seeing content that was, say, only aired in Japan. Did you ever think about how much you wanted to see Wolverine drink iced tea and then dance? You probably didn’t, but now that I’ve told you it exists you know you want to see it.

Independent movies can use the Youtubes for creating buzz, putting up trailers when they might not be able to afford tv advertising. Up-and-coming comedians are benefiting too; it’s as competitive as the music scene, so being to show a potential venue that your stuff has been well-received before is helpful. (So’s the hit count.)

Of course there’s all the copyrighted content as well, but what can get interesting is the derivative stuff that people have created out of already-existing films and television. As much as Youtube has a reputation for being a time-killer or full of dogs on skateboards, there’s useful stuff as well. We can’t forget the educational stuff, and even examples of why we shouldn’t let magazines make us feel bad.

And if you still need convincing that Youtube is worth all the rubbish that gets posted in those 9,000 hours that’s uploaded per day… perhaps a laughing baby will convince you.

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