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The Untouched Realm of YouTube…to me

I would first and foremost like to introduce this as my very first blog entry. With that I have, like many other students in CMN2180, gone the path of youtube related news and other such nonsense. I myself am not a huge “youtuber” nor am I familiar with the blogging world, but like they say..if you cant beat ’em, join ’em.  So at last, my very first blog entry, and concerning the new realm of youtube to boot! ( I figured I would do some up to date research to familiarize myself with it…)

In recent YouTube news, according to the Ottawa Citizenrecord companies are trying to strike a deal with the ever popular YouTube.  As many of us can imagine, since the invention of pirated music, CD sales have dramatically decreased, and now even more so that over 100 million US viewers alone in a given month are choosing YouTube as their go to site for music and music videos. Thus, you can also imagine the decrease in television viewing of MTV and MuchMusic. Over the weekend, thousands of videos were removed from the site in hopes to help the plunging cause.

Dr. S is constantly wondering outloud how YouTube is affecting how we’re listening to music; here’s his answer and what industries are doing to prevent this further spiral. 

After continuing to search about further problems or statistics on YouTube’s success or damage to parts of society, I ran into another article on CBS’s web page. Just a run down of some of the stats listed in the article:

  • contains over 70 MILLION videos
  • averages 60 thousand uploads PER DAY
  • has a community of roughly 6 MILLION members
  • it was started for amateurs, but is quickly becoming a mass marketing tool

This fascinates me. Where have I been where millions of viewers are uploading thousands of videos? I don’t even own an MP3, let alone an iPod. I don’t even own a cell phone that I can carry the Internet in my pocket. I don’t even subscribe to cable nor to I watch TV. Yet, there is this world that society calls You Tube, and it has everything from amateur videos that were once school projects now viewed by thousands(“Charlie the Unicorn”) to instructions on how to make a bomb(which is outrageous).  And, as my examples above portray, YouTube is what’s making news today. Is this what society has come to? I almost cant wrap my head around it.

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CBS YouTube Stats can be found by clicking here:http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/08/04/earlyshow/contributors/tracysmith/main1864812.shtml

The Ottawa Citizen News article in full details can be found by clicking here:http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Record+labels+struggle+strike+favourable+deal+with+YouTube/1117388/story.html