Archive for the ‘watching youtube’ Category

I really think this dichotomy is applicable to communication, especially on the internet.

SOoooo TRUTH OR DARE?  I know, i know it should probably just be called dare because so few people tell the truth anyways.

BUT did you know that 39% of individuals aged between 9 and 17 believe that information online is always correct! Haha, most people probably aren’t going to believe this now but it’s true my professor had the fact published in his text book ‘Watching YouTube” so it does have some weight behind it.

This statistic really threw me. It made me wonder if the internet is changing peoples levels of critical thinking with regards to reality?

We often mistake our ideas of reality for reality and when you are younger and more naive I can understand how one could fall victim to the fallacy that their own action are telling of a larger trend.

But ultimately this is not the case. The internet although filled with many truths that otherwise would have been silenced (Wikileaks) is also filled with loads of lies.

On the bright side, at least these lies are ours.


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That is a lie. I do. I mean, I would, if I had one.

OHHHHHHHHH the inter web. I’ve said some pretty positive things about thee but tonight I’m going to take a more fault-finding approach.

You see, for all the internet has done to propagate, raise, and rear counter cultural opinions and identities it has also allowed for some less desirable identities to flourish. These less ‘desirable identities’ I just introduced is not going to be my segway into a post about how child porn is bad (CHILD PORN IS BAD) but rather about how individuals past, less desirable identities can come back to bite them in the bum (a fully grown consenting bum).

With blogging, myspace, facebook and twitter words are becoming physical. Our words have staying power whether we like it or not. We are publishing ourselves now and often without the proof reading or the sober second thought our ideas could benefit from and deserve.

This is changing the nature of our reputation. More and more of what we say and what we do is being captured and remembered! What with photos of drunken adventures being posted on facebook and hot headed impulsive tweets on twitter we can no longer console ourselves with the tried and true words “no one will remember this in a week”. For in our current climate, believing that would be living in ultimate denial. People will remember in a week and if they don’t their mini feed on facebook will remember for them.

We are venturing into an age with a new memory, one with no real opportunity to forget!

BUT, so what right? I drink, I smoke, I rat my hair (grease quote) and who cares?   Well ultimately, media theorist would argue, I will. It will be the actor who will be most hindered by these immortal posts and pictures. These past published versions of themselves have the power to constrain their future senses of self.

In the past, our stories about ourselves had the ability to change over time. Our stories could tweak themselves as we too evolved. Then, the good ones would grow with us and the bad ones would never have to be told again! It was a great age those analog years *sigh*.

Today I really do fear for these kids on YouTube though. They’re playing with their identities not only on facebook in front of their “friends” or on twitter in front of their followers but in front of a global audience. On YouTube it’s common to youth confessing and revealing themselves, often in undesirable ways, for a public who will remember, repost, comment and critique. They are globalizing the content of self identity.

And because of this i fear their looking glass self, a self built from what others think of us and how we then amalgamate those opinions into our opinion of self, it’s safe to say, is going to be completely distorted.

Hmmm. Well ‘sillyscreen_name57’, lucky for you we have loads of Universities full of kids getting psych degrees so, if the capitalist supply and demand model holds true, therapy in 2020 will be very reasonable 🙂

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The home life.

The home used to be a secret place. It was one in which families were sheltered from the prying eyes of the world. It was a simpler time for the level of accountability or judgement to the community and by the community was shallow.

The image on the left is significant as a commentary of communication during previous eras. People could be ignorant and mysterious about their “issues”. Mild PSA of the like presented in this image were common place as a way of uniting the alienated population.

Today we seek out reassurance in our contemporaries on the internet. There is no need for these PSA for if ma and pa are worried about their punk kid they can google solutions.

But with this sharing of information what is abnormal has lost some of the potency it once had.

Home videos used to be a filtered view. Family photos where posed and when the curtains were closed your family was unknown.

Today we have a window to the world, and them to us, with the videos we post. The aesthetic norms that governed the boomer generation has been diluted through exposure to alternatives.

Media was bringing the alternatives into the public domain back then but now the consumer, with the help of programs like youtube, has the power this power too.


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And don’t worry folks it’s not up to you to decide the artistic merit. You won’t have to interact with the material and deduce for yourselves the value of the material because it has already been deemed worthy of a “high culture” stamp by someone else. By the Guggenheim Museum in fact. You can watch all this “art” at http://www.youtube.com/play

Here is some of the info behind this project.

The shortlist for YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video has been announced! Selected from more than 23,000 submissions from 91 countries, the 125 shortlisted videos can now be seen on the YouTube Play channel.

The jury will now select their top choices to be revealed and presented at a special YouTube Play celebration event at the Guggenheim Museum on October 21 and on youtube.com/play. The final videos selected by the jury will be on view to the public at the Guggenheim Museum from October 22 through 24, and available to a worldwide audience on the You Tube Play channel.


I used a sarcastic tone in my presentation of this information because I find the idea segregating youtube off putting. With this Guggenheim channel on youtube playing certified “art” I worry  it may steal the wind from the sails of video artists who do not make it onto their page.

I may be simply resistant to change, or  maybe I’m hesitant to embrace the infiltration of “high culture” into this previously “low culture” medium. Let the “high culture” have their museums and art exhibitions and let the masses have their YouTube.

I don’t want to share today.

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