Youtube Has Changed Us

Media is changing. As time marches forward, and technological advances continue, we see new ways to connect with ideas, people, and even places. It seems apparent that without the internet this would not be possible, as it allows a channel for information to enter your house that is not put together by an editor, or a producer.

It seems that the way we were kept informed about ideas and current events, such as the evening news  or Encyclopedia Britannica, for ages and ages were peer reviewed, or at the very least were passed through a filter of writers and producers that would decide what information showed up on CNN or the news on your radio. Honestly, I don’t know where I would have gone in the 1980’s to find out what the public opinions on events and news. But now, with the invention of things like blogs, Youtube, Vimeo and other such outlets, people have found voices to express themselves in a public setting outside of their private diary or a political rally.

In someways this is great. It allows new arenas of free speech to be explored, it allows a guy like me to run make my views public in a blog, and sites like Facebook and Twitter even allow more direct contact with celebrities than was ever imagined before. Not only can I make my thoughts known in a public forum, but I can use a service like Twitter to march right to Charlie Sheen’s (or anyones) account and tell him in 140 characters or less exactly whats on my mind almost instantly. But then there is a downside. Charlie Sheen might respond and it might be stupid. Perhaps its the age old argument that everyone should be allowed to have a voice, but we shouldn’t be delusional and think that everyone’s voice is worth listening too.

But up until just a fews years ago none of this was really possible in a video format. Sure as soon as the late 1990’s and very early 2000’s blogs were hitting the scene with LiveJournal and things of the like. I remember when that came out and my friends thought it was all the rage. Things are different now though. Now is the age of the vlogs, DSLR videos, Indie musicians, Indie game designers, and Indie film makers. In a way its the first time that a individual can convert their home into the base for a TV show. Artists can run an entire operation selling their artwork on Deviant Art. You can make a living from your home if your stuff is good enough.

And the ultimate capstone on this pyramid of progress seems to be video. Now any Average Joe with a DSLR can make movie, and many have. Some are good, some are bad, some are VERY bad. But the freedom we can experience because of it is a privilege I am grateful that I can experience in the United States. Video seems to be changing us as a society. Not just the sheer volume, but the content as well. No longer to I have to turn on a TV to get the evening news and no longer do I need to rely on a newspaper for current events. Movies no longer have to be made by mega multi-million $$$ conglomerates and the ultra wealthy with $90,000 cameras and film budgets larger than the gross domestic product of France. Nope. Its changing us because the services available to us allow anyone, no matter how wrong they are, to say whats on their mind. Including me. I for one am glad I have the rights and privileges that allow me to to write this blog and makes the films I make. 10 years ago, I could have been making films but they would have just ended up on my shelf with no outlet for them other than to show family and friends in my house, or to take them to a film festival. So thank you Vimeo for existing. I couldn’t do it without you.

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