youtube might be making us smarter, and it’s for sure giving us a chance to talk back

Media Example

So, to start, I want to share this video from PBS Idea Channel, asking, “Is YouTube Making Us Smarter?” His answer is yes, because it makes more information available, and also often presents information in more interesting ways. I agree with him, and think our course is an example of this.

What I really love about YouTube though is that it’s a platform for everyone to use. Like, there’s this mashup of Twilight and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which demonstrates how super creepy Twilight is. This could have been written out as an academic essay, comparing the two, and I’m sure that has been done, but this is a super effective critique, and an enjoyable six minute movie.

Or I love this remake of “Blurred Lines.” Robin Thicke’s song is really gross, but it’s also catchy. When I hear it on the radio and it gets stuck in my head this is the version I go listen to, where it’s been remade by a “boylesque troupe.” In the about they write

It’s our opinion that most attempts to show female objectification in the media by swapping the genders serve more to ridicule the male body than to highlight the extent to which women get objectified and do everyone a disservice. We made this video specifically to show a spectrum of sexuality as well as present both women and men in a positive light, one where objectifying men is more than alright and where women can be strong and sexy without negative repercussions.

How cool is that? Also, it’s a fun video, and a good song.

I love a lot of stuff on YouTube, but the main reason I go on there is to listen to music. I like music videos, and it’s a good place to check out new things, but beyond that, there’s just a lot of possibilities. I don’t really know how to describe this thing, but it’s amazing. It’s a mashup of LCD Sound System and Miles Davis, but instead of mixing the two tracks it’s someone playing two youtube videos. It’s presented as a screenshot, so you can see them opening the different windows, moving throughout the song, zooming it. It’s so cool.

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