Wednesday, June 28, 2006

YouTube Forever!

Yet another afternoon passed by yesterday where I should have been productive, yet found myself killing endless hours playing on YouTube. For those of you "un-wired", YouTube is a huge depository of videos that any user can post, and then the world gets to watch them for free.

Bill Simmons (aka, "The Sports Guy") wrote an article recently creating his YouTube Hall of Fame for favorite videos of all time.

Go and check it out, if you haven't already. It seems apparent that with the literally millions of different video clips available on demand (and for free), it may only be a matter of time until people do most of their "TV watching" on YouTube-like Internet sites, rather than through traditional television stations.

What's the larger significance? How about a radical tranformation in how we define the media system, shifting from a few-to-many model (where a small handful of media companies acted as gatekeepers deciding what the public would be able to see) to a many-to-many model (where the public decides what the public wants to see, and when to see it).

This New Media model first emerged with the rise of blogs a few years ago, challenging traditional print media, and forcing us to rethink what it means to be a journalist. With YouTube, everyone is a potential television and movie producer. The power of decision-making over who decides what the public may consume has, again, become decentralized.

But enough seriousness. Here's the real reason I'll be watching more YouTube than traditional TV (if I don't already). I have always loved the 1986 Mets music video, so reminscient of another 80s gem, the 1985 Chicago Bears Superbowl Shuffle. I haven't seen the Mets video in years, and even emailed the Mets organization repeatedly to re-release it, but ultimately to no avail. Yesterday, I went to YouTube, did a quick search, and within seconds there it was for me to watch over and over again.

Which I did. Smiling.


At 9:34 PM, Blogger DSherman said...

Yea that is pretty cool. I wonder if this year's mets will do a video...they have this awful song they created and management already got rid of it...i tried emailin you my paper but it wouldnt go through so i left it under your door this afternoon. see you tomarrow...lets go mets!

At 9:48 PM, Blogger DSherman said...

hey i tried emailing you i dont know if you got them are not. can you please email me my grades when u get to them. hope you have a great summer and thanks again for everything.

At 11:19 AM, Blogger DSherman said...

The Man Strikes again!!

While scanning the Mets Chatboards i saw the link for the YouTube video from 86. See link here:

MLB took it down because it violated copyright laws...what do you think of that?


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