Youtube, and other video blogging networks, have given anyone with access to the internet, the opportunity to broadcast either themselves, or other sorts of video media, onto the internet. Not only can people post their own media, but they can search for virtually anything, from music videos to lessons on how to put makeup on a certain way, or a video clip from a TV show. With these capabilities just a mouse clip away, youtube can keep someone entertained for hours. This can have positive and negative effects. When looking for useful information youtube can be incredibly helpful; however, inappropriate material can appear just like in any other search engine. Caution must be used with younger children on this site, but this isn’t anything new to parents.
After viewing the three videos in class, it was very clear that youtube and the internet in general have greatly affected today’s population. “Hotforwords” shows how youtube can be used as a tool to put yourself and your talents out for the world to see and judge. This judgment is usually portrayed through video or written responses displayed underneath the corresponding video. When people, like the woman in ‘hotforwords’ spend a large amount of time creating videos and promoting themselves they can often gain a lot of attention. Many may strive to have this happen, but with millions of videos streaming through youtube, the likelihood of becoming famous overnight is extremely low.
With regards to “A vision of students today,” this video does a great job of portraying how time consuming the internet and computers have become with our generation. I have to admit I have fed into this, constantly checking my e-mail and logging into facebook. It makes me feel connected to the world and keeps me from getting bored when I take study breaks. The only problem is these study breaks can turn into hours rather than just a few minutes. There is so much information held within the internet, and so many possibilities for people to pass their time. The distractions are endless; therefore doing hwk on a computer with internet access can prove to be very difficult at times! Having grown up with this technology, I think it would be very hard to go back to not having almost constant internet access as well as the capabilities to interact with so many people online. With this mixed blessing we will move forward into the future, to see what else the technological world has to offer.