In class today, a student stated that people aren’t using YouTube the right way. She believed that we are taking the “powerful tool” of YouTube for granted. She had some valid points, but is there really a right way to use YouTube? And who determines what the right or wrong way is? YouTube has endless number of videos, some with millions of views, and others with barely a hundred.
Some of my favorite videos on YouTube range from dumb funny videos to educational national geographic videos. In my mind, they all serve a purpose. Some are for entertainment, while others can be very educational. The only channel i’m subscribed to is Shoenice22. If you never heard of him, he is this dude who will basically eat or drink almost anything in record time. If you have the chance definitely check out some of his videos. Some people might argue that Shoenice is the perfect example of what some might believe is the wrong way to use YouTube. He makes funny videos of himself doing ridiculous things, and is making money off the ads. Is it wrong because he is making money off of these ridiculous videos? People also think Rebecca Black is the wrong way to use YouTube. Her song is terrible but it is still racking up millions of views.
Personally I do not think there is a wrong way to use YouTube. If you can make money from hits on funny videos, then more power to you. YouTube is for people to make videos of whatever they want. There are videos for everyone. It is easy to find useful, educational videos while ignoring the low brow viral videos.
Do you think there is a right way to use YouTube?