Just hit 1,000 YouTube subscribers. Can you say best week ever?
It’s here! It’s here! We made a strange, funny, catchy musical and YOU can watch it right now! It took half a year of work but we’re all proud of the end result. Please enjoy!
Tumblr *PERSONALLY* e-mailed me this heartwarming photo to celebrate two years of me being on Tumblr! Anyone have a frame so I can hang it on the mantlepiece?
Hey were you at the One Day: A Musical premiere last night? We all think it went very well! Please let us know what you think by rating it or even putting a short review of it on our imdb! Thanks!
One Day: A Musical Premiere TONIGHT. 9:45 PM. Oberlin’s Apollo Theater. $5. Be there or be non-circular.
Individualism, Community, and You [Tube]: Or Why YouTube Is Having A Celebrity Crisis
Tagging theworksofegan because his video made me start thinking about this seriously, ctrayn because I think she’d get a kick out of the whole corporate v. Individual side of this, pogiejoe and ajsmusicmadness because I’d like to get their thoughts on this as fellow videomakers, angiedoesthings because of her excitement at this thing getting uploaded, and YOU, dear reader, if you’d like a little hyperanalysis of the state of YouTube.
First of all, thanks for tagging me Jacke!
Being called a YouTuber is fine by me. I guess I never quite thought of it quite from the perspective you showed it from, but the service vs. activity thing holds the same for verbs like ‘Photoshopping.’ Is Photoshop the only photo editing program out there? No, but it’s considered the head and most well-known of it’s industry, kind of like Youtube is now so it’s the most used word. The main reason I would be wary of being called a YouTuber is if their dominance in online video should ever change…
As for the main point of your video, I agree. YouTube is currently in a very weird and confusing stage that makes it feel like an entirely different monster from the one I remember watching in 2008. Not to be one of those ‘things were better in the old days’ type because I really really like a lot of the features and tools YouTube has released since then but I think I liked the dynamic better back then.
The crux of the problem for most people is that there isn’t, and never will be, *hacking* YouTube. (With the exception of buying views/subscribers and the like but that’s not really a win for anyone involved there because they don’t gain much except negative attention.) People can assume how a video will fly all they want but there’s very rarely a true way to tell. Video creators don’t know what makes a video work and companies know even less so. So that’s why I think a lot of companies have a hard time punching into YouTube…with Facebook it’s easy to obtain likes and keep posting and gaining a bigger and bigger audience, but YouTube’s much harder to wrap one’s head around. The big difference is that a lot of great video creators see their work as “creations” while companies see “content.” Something to satisfy a new need, like online ads were in the late ’90s.
So even as YouTube gets bigger and bigger and more “corporate,” the views and subscribers continue to go down, down, down. That’s confusing too. But I think part of it is that it feels big now. It feels like the norm. I think back in “the day” YouTube was easier to feel at home in because it at least *felt* small, even with its vastness. Even the largest communities felt like you were participating in something new and exciting because it WAS new and exciting. Now the general population is slowly coming around to seeing it that way but the people who have stuck through over the years just see it as the norm now. YouTube has begun to blend into the background of everyday life.
I don’t know if I added anything to the conversation or if I just spewed letters but that’s just a couple of my thinky thoughts.