Reader Comment of the Week

  • by , March 4, 2007

I love YouTube for all the wrong reasons.

First of all, I love how a website that allows users to upload their own content causes media creation outlets to lose their sh**. They freak out because, for some reason, they feel that people across America and around the world will completely lose interest in watching the stuff they pay WAY more money to create. They're only partly right.

But when it comes to the big networks and production houses, what REALLY grinds their gears (for those of you that got the Family Guy joke there, I'm glad you're reading) is when they see THEIR content show up on YouTube. Where I tend to get confused is why people who compete for ratings and share points get pissed when MORE people see their content.

But this is why I'm not a marketing major. What I DO find interesting is how YouTube has cordoned off all election video uploads into one YouTube sanctioned category, entitled "You Choose '08."

The idea here is to show viewers which videos are real and which ones are not authentic.

I find this insulting. Am I really going to accept an SNL skit as legitimate political discourse, confusing it with an actual video uploaded by some intern from the Clinton, McCain, Obama, or other camp?

Please. I think, if anything, the "choice" is somewhat removed.

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