The #1 Reason to Love Youtube

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?

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7 responses to “The #1 Reason to Love Youtube

  1. Haha, the power of You Tube. I’ll be honest, I usually just watch it for stupid bloopers that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. Despite the random hoaxes (such as popping popcorn with your cellphones) or the stupidity of stupid people (has everyone seen the Beyonce clown?), I think You Tube has amazing potential for both journalism and to give those a voice who previously haven’t had one before. People are actually signing record deals now because they’ve been “heard” on You Tube. That’s amazing. It just goes to show you how integral the Internet has become in our everday lives, and how far people can go just by posting a video. This includes Asian Americans and everyone else in between, of course. (Sorry, I guess I didn’t really answer your questions, but hopefully this will inspire others to comment. Good blog!)

  2. I agree, Matt. This was a great blog!

    Sam, I am excited to see something positive about YouTube that is not just about how fun it is, but instead tells of its intellectual, journalism-changing qualities.

    I don’t currently use YouTube for anything beneficial besides entertainment, but this inspires me to find a channel to enrich not only my daily life, but my perspectives on the world.

    • OK. so what do you think is Youtube’s biggest downfall? The only problem I have had with the site so far is people making hate speech all over. But again, that’s their “freedom of speech.” Do you think giving people voices can perhaps prevent unnecessary wars like what the U.S. is waging right now?

  3. You’re right, YouTube does give everyone a voice and an equal opportunity to be heard. I work for a non-profit children’s cancer organization that sometimes uses YouTube to share inspiring stories about the families it helps, and it’s amazing to see how far messages go and the conversations that result.

    • Just curious, how does the non-profit organization you’re working for produce the inspiring stories?

      I’ve seen some inspiring on Youtube, too. Do you think Youtube can be a successful marketing tool for a non-profit organization like yours? I mean, it’s free. You just have to know how to use it to your advantage. Right?

      • My view on YouTube mirrors my view on Twitter. I look at Twitter as a publicity tool. I look at YouTube as a combination between a media catalog and a commercial. It’s a medium through which people can publish a glimpse (or the whole bit) of what they’re doing. They can use it to publicize other things (like the non-profit ) or to actually display the work (like the performers who get “discovered” on YouTube.)

        My only critique of YouTube is that you need to be found by the right person to really get attention. I don’t ever just poke around the site. I only go to it to look up specific clips, like a music video or an interesting presentation a friend has recommended.

        Sometimes, if you don’t know the exact title of the clip you’re looking for, it can be really difficult to find. Maybe if YouTube was more micro-organized it could be even more powerful. What do other people think about the structure of the Web site?

  4. Great multimedia journalism is available on Mediastorm’s YouTube channel.

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