An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube
Michael Wesch focuses on how we as the generation of Web 2.0, connect with the world differently due to new media such as YouTube.
With thousands of hours of video uploaded daily, it is no surprise this YouTube phenomenon is not short-lived. It is a constantly thriving community that has been built by user-generated content, transcending both space and time.
YouTube’s ability to create a platform where membership is not limited, and opinions and views are accepted, has constructed a community built on empowerment of the individual.
Some users will utilize YouTube as a means for self-awareness and identity by encouraging voyeuristic activity to occur, while other users simply use YouTube as a way for fun and excitement.
Regardless of the user’s intentions, he or she has become part of a new form of community, which continues and will continue, to progress into the future.