Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Thing 9

The biggest problem I have with YouTube is the same problem I have with most websites that allow commenting - anonymous commenters. For whatever reason, people have assumed the internet should be a refuge for people that lack the courage to openly speak their mind and have an unalienable human right to comment anonymously on websites.

Like most twenty-somethings, I've logged many hours surfing YouTube (never on company time, of course). Watching episodes of "You Can't Do That On Television," old music videos, and various home movies of people falling down. What's great about YouTube is that you don't need to be looking for anything in particular to be entertained for hours - just click around and follow responses to other videos. 

My district does block access to YouTube from the school's computers, but I've learned how to download the Flash video files that YouTube uses and convert them to a usable mpeg for viewing on other machines. It's a pain, but it gets the job done in a pinch.

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