This was definitely one of the more interesting articles we have read. I really enjoy the modern touch Jenkins has within the piece, one of the main reasons articles like these attract me. His examples of modern media also makes the article much easier to read and enjoy. Jenkins’ brings up topics relating to YouTube as it relates to new media. The fact that people can make parody videos and other types of videos to give their opinion is one of the main features of Jenkins’ writing.
One of the main points of the article focuses on the fact that amateurs have this ability in our day and age to give their own opinions on, well, whatever they want. Things like politics, celebrities, news and everything else. But to me, this could be a bad or good thing. The good being reasons like, it gives us more freedom, we can be much more creative than before and gives reasons for normal people like you and me to become famous just by making videos. But the bad, I feel, puts much more pressure on topics than need be.
I was recently listening to a podcast where the host had invited an actual geologist to come on the show and chat about certain topics. One of the major discussions that took place was the topic of all these people that would make false videos. By false videos, I mean videos of people around the world believing topics like the world is flat or that the moon landing was fake. During the podcast, the two watched a 20 minute video on why this guy believed the world was flat. The geologist would get furious at the statements the video would make because they were just straight up, not true and the geologist would debunk the statements. After the video the two talked and said this statement, “with all the new technology, like YouTube, we get dumb, ignorant people who are making these videos and trying to convince others of stupid statements. The fact these videos are so popular is because the makers of the video can rant and state ‘facts’ and sound professional because they don’t have someone in their face disproving them as they go.” When I heard that statement, it made me realize that around half the videos going around on the internet are more than likely not true.
For example, there is a YouTuber named Joey Salads and he is known for making controversial videos because he “experiments” with touchy subjects, like black lives matter or the political scene. He recently uploaded a video of leaving a car in a black community with a bunch of Trump stickers on it, of course the video shows a few black kids coming up and destroying the car. Well someone saw the video being made, took a picture of Joey making the video and lo and behold the black kids where standing right behind the camera getting ready to beat up the car.
(Joey actually deleted the video, but this person reposted it for such occasions :))So it is reasons like this that make the freedom of things like YouTube questionable. My question for this post is, do you think the freedom of new media, such as YouTube, is a good or bad media?