Only 5? Really? It was not around in the 20th century at all? Must have been my prescient imagination at work. I can’t imagine anyone who has not seen a YouTube video, love or hate the site and it’s omnipresence (I just wanted to use that word somewhere). At their blog (link above), they cite 2 billion views per day. I know some of you are thinking of the lowest form of viral video, navel gazing in front of a webcam, lip-syncing to a soon-to-be-popular song, etc. But the writers remind us of the best that has evolved:
What started as a site for bedroom vloggers and viral videos has evolved into a global platform that supports HD and 3D, broadcasts entire sports seasons live to 200+ countries. We bring feature films from Hollywood studios and independent filmmakers to far-flung audiences. Activists document social unrest seeking to transform societies, and leading civic and political figures stream interviews to the world.
Education surely is part of that (r)evolution, although with still a long way to go. We need, for example, to be sure our faculty and students have access to good media technology and skills-building to be able to create good content, and we need to instill the idea of creating a body of work–a series of videos for a course or a portfolio on a single subject or tracking ones educational development–rather than a random gathering of unrelated videos.
Happy Birthday, YouTube!