If Youtube were a journalist, it would win a Pulitzer. If Youtube were a newspaper, it would beat the New York Times. And if Youtube were the President of the United States, it would receive a Nobel Peace Prize – just like Obama. But for a better reason:
Youtube gives everyone a voice.
Whether you’re in Iceland or Sierra Leon, with internet access, you can let the world know how you feel about certain issues through Vlogging – or video blogging. And Youtube never discriminates (except against copyrighted materials). Ultimately, Youtube is a channel for the underrepresented to express their views, and for those with a curious mind to explore and understand diverse opinions. Compare this quality with the U.S. mainstream media today and you’ll know why Youtube deserves some praise; it gives voice to the voiceless and tells the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience boldly, even when it is unpopular to do so.
Take, for example, the representation of Asian-Americans in the U.S. media. Many times it is tied to decades-old stereotype and generalization. But Youtube offers Asian-Americans a channel to spread the accurate image of themselves. In August, CNN featured Wong Fu Productions – an independent production company working full time to create online content. Its videos get millions of hits. Its concert tickets sold out. Asian Americans love its channel for realistic depiction of Asian American lifestyle. Wong Fu even expands to include the selling of merchandise.
That’s why Youtube is better at including different perspectives than regular print media. I believe people become more accepting when they are exposed to different point of views. And Youtube helps by making itself accessible for everyone (with internet access).
What about you? Have you found any Youtube channel that provides a perspective you wouldn’t find on regular U.S. media?