YouTube a lack of "professionalism"
by chloemenard on February 5, 2014 - 8:29am
Counterpoint: YouTube Lowers the Quality of Entertainment. By: Rich, Alex K., Wagner, Geraldine, Points of View: YouTube, 2013
This article describes YouTube, the online video hosting website, as a way to put “professional” content online that are lacking in the professional technical aspect. A do it yourself that brings cheap digital content into the industry of video making. A waste of time and a waste of money, since the YouTube community draws viewers from cable television in favor of free content available everywhere at anytime. There is also too much contents for people to be able to bound correctly with others. No more shows like “friends” or “Heroes” to gather people together and engage communication. Millions of YouTube videos make impossiblethe task of connecting everyone by a single video. The market also suffers a lot because this new medium of entertainment since advertising is not the easiest with all the videos being embedded on other websites. The new random system of advertisement on video makes it hard for company to associate with a specific type of content or product. In general YouTube is a poor product containing only poor quality videos, illegal contents and no community to bound with.
The community may be one of the center elements of this article. However, in this case the values that are opposing on each case of the debates are the definition itself of community. This article is mostly base on the fact that the communities of cable networks are the main communities that are suffering from the lack of professionalism of YouTube itself. By looking closely at YouTube, all of the people working in partnership with the website, named “Youtubers”, are a community themselves. In opposition to traditional media platform, YouTube is a community based on collaboration and friendship instead of competition and self-centered perspective of cable networks. Therefore, attacking the website on their lack of community is a weak argument. The other point made is the lack of professionalism in the video presented on this medium of entertainment. This statement opposed the freedom of expression, where in this case you should be a “professional” to be able to make your own content. I feel that the freedom of expression is more important in that case, even though if this article had done a more deepened research, they would have noticed that successful people on YouTube are using professional techniques, lightning and camera works. It simply depends what you are looking for, but in either case the quality of a camera does not influence the quality of content in a video. Does YouTube actually lower the quality of entertainment or is it only a threat to the traditional media platform like cable network?