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REVIEW - YOUTUBE. WEBSITE  http://www.youtube.com/  

 

A straightforward video snippets feed site that has become something of an Internet phenomena. Youtube allows the rapid downloading of video extracts of just about anything. The site was set up to allow people to show film, often with sound of themselves, which friends and general web users can then browse. In reality many people download copyright film material, pop videos, and some pornographic material as well.  The amateur film footage is often very blurry, with cameras shaking, bad focussing, and the central piece of the action may often come at the very end, with little time to seethe reaction of the people involved. Many pieces look like out-takes from video pratfall shows like Jeremy Beadle’s You’ve Been Framed, or Kirsty’s Video Disaster shows.  A few people have been imaginative enough to use the medium more creatively and there is therefore good interesting material amidst the dross. There are imitation sites now, such as the similar video link material on My Space, though that often involves clicking on a piece of film to start it rolling while Youtube films generally start right away.  The site is well search engined to enable browsers to be able to find similar kinds of film footage easily. The films usually start off small, with an option to put them in full screen mode enabling you to have larger versions. Many however are so badly shot that you wonder why anyone bothers to air them at all.  It is possible to rate the videos on many of the downloads, enabling some critical response, and hopefully this will stop people just flooding the site with their worst camcorder footage. It isn’t the fault of the site that it attracts so much dross, but the fault of those who are using the new medium. Children draw matchstick men and scribble when learning to draw. Those who keep practicing, go on to learn real art and design. Sticking with Youtube and its imitators may well produce serious web-art work before long. It is therefore worth watching. http://www.youtube.com/

 

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