The Thing With YouTube

I’ve taken to YouTube in recent months. I don’t subscribe to too many things, but I enjoy the series I like. They’re short. They’re entertaining. And, most amazingly, the suggested videos that YouTube links to next to the videos I watch are usually very good suggestions. YouTube becomes a very good time sink that way — worse than Wikipedia ever was for me.

The deeper I go into YouTube, though, the more I realize that it really is just like the rest of the internet: three or four good ideas copycatted to hell and back. It’s filled with rip-offs and clueless talentless people who think they’re god’s gift to the internet because they have 100 subscribers while doing the same exact thing (only poorly) that the guy with 1,000,000 subscribers is doing.

The rest of it is clips of late night talk shows. Nobody watches those on television anymore. Those shows are the tail wagging the dog — they exist to fill up YouTube.

In other words: YouTube is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.

At least Postmodern Jukebox (which also kicked off a wave of copycats) is ripping themselves off here by covering earlier covers.

Sesame Street: Closeted Apple Fans

Mark Evanier linked to this great video of The Count counting the “You”s in YouTube:

Television shows and movies don’t like to show recognizable logos, for various reasons. Sometimes, as with an MTV reality show, they blur everything out. If it’s a hat with a logo on it, they’ll put black tape over the logo. They’ll use odd camera angles to avoid showing the logo. Whether it’s because they don’t want to be seen endorsing one company over another, or that they’d rather save those logos for the people who buy product placement in such shows, we see it happen often enough to almost not get distracted by it anymore.

However, I laughed at this Sesame Street video for the lengths they went to pull this trick off. Here are three shots with interesting camera angles

  • Quick! Put the kid in front of the camera! Move the camera to the left, to awkwardly block half the screen AND the logo!

  • A Post-It Note! Wait, not, that’s probably just a “yellow sticky” to avoid copyright issues there, too:

* Put a statue in a convenient spot!

Though the more I look at it, the more the angle is wrong. I think they had to go in with a video editor to scrub out the Apple icon here:

To be fair, though, this guy is NOT using an iPhone:

Maybe This Will Help?

YouTube has the single worst batch of comment trolls ever seen on the internet. YouTube makes 4Chan look like MasterPiece Theater. It makes the worst of the heady days of AOL seem erudite. It makes the average comic book message board flame fest look like child’s play.

Today, when starting a reasonable and sane comment to the site, YouTube stopped me to let me start posting under my full name, pulled from my Google+ account under the same ID. I like this idea:

You Tube Warning: You Are Now Using Your Full Name

But, then, I’m not flame baiting and trolling and acting like a nasty 14 year old boy who just learned a new dirty word and feels the need to tell it to the world.

Will this help YouTube? I don’t think anything can help YouTube anymore. Really, just ignore the comments there. Better yet, get a plug-in for your browser of choice to help block them out. (This one has versions for Chrome and Firefox.)

“Total Eclipse of the Heart” Part 2 of 3

Of course, “American Idol” has long had an association with the Jim Steinman/Bonnie Tyler hit.

We go all the way back to the first season wtih Nikki McKibbin’s cover:

Carly Smithson covered it in a latter season:

It gets wilder and wackier after this break:

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