Contrary to popular belief YouTube has had a much larger effect on society than being just a platform for people to post videos of keyboardâ€™ing cats or reviews of Yankee Candles. Â YouTube has become an integral part of our everyday lives. Â What YouTube has done that is so remarkable actually involves little advancement in the actual process of recording/editing video. Â The way YouTube has changed life as we know it is providing the ability to share videos in a radical new way.
All of a sudden videos that barely anyone would be able to see now has the potential to easily reach hundreds and possibly thousands in a short amount of time. Â Videos from the past have become easily accessible & thousands of videos have been uploaded since you began reading this post. Â But it doesnâ€™t stop there. Â The ability to embed videos in any website and record/watch them on mobile devices has expanded the capacity for sharing beyond a point that is very hard to conceptualize. Â What has been achieved is very easy to look over and most likely because of the speed at which this all happened. Â From itâ€™s first video in April 2005 (Me at the zoo) to user-submitted questions being integrated into the GOP debates- YouTube has solidified itself in life as we know it.
One of the most affected parts of our our culture that YouTube has changed forever is obviously music. Â With my digital project I propose to curate a web exhibit that focuses on the different aspect of the music industry that has been changed forever because of YouTube. Â My project would likely take form of a blog like WordPress.com to host a series of posts focused on specific topics that include video examples & commentary (both my own & outside) to help put the affects in a more historical context.
Iâ€™ve decided on four subtopics to curate my posts around- many have different layers under them and some may change. Â They are…
- Discovery of Music
- How people discover music – embeding, blogs, etc.
- How bands/artists can be discovered
- Shortcut to celebrity – Justin Bieber
- Creation of the Pseudo video
- Affect on Past Music
- Ability to access a large amount of music at will
- See old concerts & interviews that were once extremely rare
- Affect on Live Music
- How people â€˜viewâ€™ concerts
- Ability to see the show from last night
Iâ€™ve accumulated a healthy amount of articles to reference that hit on my subtopics from established publications like Wired to personal blogs.