LIH Editorial: On YouTube-12/10-12/15

10 Dec

Hello new and returning readers,

You may have noticed and their products get a lot of use on this site.  You may have asked yourself, why?  I’ll do my best to my best to explain it, yet to be honest it’s usually far more spontaneous than I will probably explain or suggest.

We’ve all heard the cliché’ “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  Well suppose you’ve written an article or you’re commenting and suddenly instead of choosing to explain Meryl Streep’s Margaret Thatcher accent you figure a video example will save you one thousand words.  Or suppose you need to prove that the actor who plays Frodo of “Lord and Rings” and the actor who plays Harry Potter of the “Harry Potter” franchise are not the same actor. Shazam!!!! Use YouTube clips!!!  The term: “his eyes were full of a lot of lashes” was spoken in what movie? To whom was this said? And by the way; what does that statement mean?????  The use of a YouTube clip will shorten the time people will take to answer these mysteries.  That’s the most benign use of the website.

Yet you might think more egregious uses of the site are equally frequent here also.  A YouTube video may illustrate a full theory, perspective, or vantage point. Please forgive us sometimes were just trying to get to the point.

Are you wondering how we get away with this?  For one thing YouTube is quite proud of offering these illustration services.  Heres how many describe it;

In the end it [YouTube] launched as a simple video sharing site that has helped reinvent the web from a one way static channel to an interactive web eco-system (along with social networking channels such as MySpace, Facebook and Twitter) that has enticed and compelled us to engage globally with other internet users using a variety of rich multi-media and social sharing platforms.” [1]

If you did not know; this is who created YouTube:

YouTube was created by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim in 2005 who were all employees of Paypal.” [2]

Obviously, “with 2 billion views a day” [3] we’re eternally grateful to the site and we hope you share our endless appreciation.

Thanks for continuing to be fans of this column.  Though we are always speaking to you; sometimes were a little challenged to make self-reflective statements about what we are doing.  So to celebrate the number of months we have dedicated to this column we wanted you to let us know what kind of editorial behavior you think we should follow.  We’ve collected some of Hollywood’s prepared newsroom examples and hope you will tell us which one you prefer or think we should emulate.

From: Citizen Kane

From: Network

From: All of the President’s Men

From: Superman Movie

From: Good Morning Vietnam

From: Anchorman

Ideally speaking; in terms of character, which news or broadcast room do you appreciate the most?

  • Citizen Kane
  • Network
  • All of the President’s Men
  • Superman Movie
  • Good Morning Vietnam
  • Anchorman

This week’s article schedule:

Monday– When a Prank Goes Too Far: Predicting a Royal Heir- by Ozzie

Tuesday–7PM/EST discussion

Wednesday– 2nd article in a 6 week series: The Royal Family: Goodwill and Charity-by Littlebells

Thursday–open discussion

Friday–Movie Buzz

Saturday–Hollywood Take 2


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10 Responses to “LIH Editorial: On YouTube-12/10-12/15”

  1. Open Book December 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM #

    Thanks YouTube!

    Hmm! “Network” is my first choice and favorite scene. That film was way ahead of its time. Then follow it up with “Anchorman” because Will Ferrel is such a visionary, of course.

    • Comic Relief December 11, 2012 at 4:54 PM #

      This might sound like a cop out. At different times, I like all of them. But I like the one that is the least realistic the most; the “Superman the Movie” clip.

      Though, I think I like this new trailer even more.

  2. Open Book December 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM #

    Gosh “Citizen Kane” is such a classic. I can watch that scene over and over. Such great ideas all in that one scene.

  3. Comic Relief December 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM #

    Open Book,

    May I ask; which ideas are you talking about?

    • Open Book December 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM #


      Well in “Network” specifically. The idea of having our news or intellectual property being controlled by the media. The idea of making people too fearful to go outside due to scandal media. The idea of consumers rising up and taking back the news and entertainment from big media conglomerates. This is what YouTube and Blogging offers consumers. Do u know what my favorite line is in “Network”?

    • Open Book December 13, 2012 at 4:28 PM #

      Citizen Kane (in that once scene up above) “How to Run a Newspaper” was the originator for all the ideas put forth more dramatically in “Network.”

  4. Comic Relief December 11, 2012 at 3:32 PM #


    I’m sorry other than convenience (or trying to be brief) I didn’t mention THAT other reason for using YouTube; is helps us side-step most intellectual property issues. This is a huge area of concern because whether we want to talk about them or not; individual video and image owners really do own the rights to their products. So an image of Burt Reynolds may be owned by Burt (after all it is his image), the photographer who initially photographed him (this is the image the audience member may have scene), or his creative agents who actually have some rights to profits from his image or may also own the image. To make a long story short gives everyone “fair use” (30:45) of the images and videos that appear on it. So of course this gives us the capacity to communicate about the world around us.

    The video below, “SIMS 141 – Intellectual Property & Search: Jason Schultz,” is extremely comprehensive and over a half an hour long. Most of this discussion is about the implications of communicating when creating search engines. If you find information beyond the 05:00 mark I really admire you. The overall topic is really interesting and involved yet alas we do have a limit to which articles should stretch. This is why some articles have part 2’s because the subjects are too large to contain in one article or sitting. Regardless, enjoy.

  5. Comic Relief December 11, 2012 at 3:32 PM #

    If you still think this issue is a small one, I wanted to give you the opportunity to ease drop on one of the many conferences and quorums organized to address topic.

  6. Comic Relief December 11, 2012 at 3:33 PM #

    If you are concerned; this speaker illustrates some of the many ways this topic has been explored intellectually in schools and elsewhere.

    Of course also found on YouTube; “How Intellectual Property Hampers Capitalism | Stephan Kinsella”, again attempts to turn many of these topics on their head.

    • Open Book December 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM #

      This is a great video CR. I hope everyone has a chance to watch it.

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