I spend a fair amount of time on YouTube as I have confessed many times. Sometimes watching things that have to do with a business interest that is my personal project for 2012 but mostly watching cats do crazy stuff or other people playing games or song parodies or comedy skits or Tim Minchin concerts or rap battles or Watsky or the Vlogbrothers or Dolly Parton film clips or….. Ok, so my point is I’m on YouTube a lot.
I have recently become aware of the “cute announcement that we are pregnant” sub-category of video. I admit to crying at a seemingly endless number of cute ways people have announced they were having a baby to their friends, family and partners. The reactions range from obviously amazed and quietly happy to downright chaos and screaming. It made me think about how I would feel if such private and joyous moments from my family were shared with the internet.
I am obviously an avid consumer of digital video content. I believe in the power of this new media to change the way entertainment works. For the most part I’m supportive of it but then something like this comes along and it makes me feel a bit uncomfortable, albeit after watching about 10 clips.
I imagine my own reaction to a friend’s announcement or that of family member and it strikes me that some stuff still needs to feel and be kept private. I understand that the videos are shared by the people themselves with no idea of corporate or any other type of pressure and in the most part they are positive. While I’m not 100% sure where my sense of uneasiness comes from I don’t think I’ll watch any more of the reaction videos .
How about you? Are there things people share on YouTube that you couldn’t or are you an open book?
Do some groups of videos make you feel uncomfortable?
What are your favourite types of video or your favourite YouTuber?
Some of my favourites*:
Vlogbrothers , Nice Peter/ Epic Lloyd, Watsky, Meeka Kitty, Barely Political/ Key of Awesome, College Humor, Vi Hart, Charlieissocoollike (Stephen Fry does the voice work for his outro), Tobuscus, Phil DeFranco, The Fine Brothers, Michelle Phan, Autotuning the News/ Gregory Brothers, Rhett and Link, Olga Kay, iJustine, Lisa Nova, Machinima and countless other gaming channels like Yogscast, NoobToob, TotalBiscuit, Zack Scott Games, Classic Game Room, All your history are belong to us, Klitzner games and SeaNanners.
*When I see the list written out like this, I judge myself, so if you are shaking your head and “tsking” at this stage, don’t worry. So am I.