Fame and Fallout from bbrittanya on Vimeo. You may not remember that video sharing before YouTube was clunky, difficult, and very time consuming. Videos took hours to upload and were sometimes not even watchable on slow, dial-up connections. Few would admit to being nostalgic for the early days of 56k …
Back in 1989 Gregory Ulmer coined the concept of videocy in order to respond to the rapid influx of video on American lives. Ulmer argued that videocy, or video intelligence would become a legitimate form of learning. With the advent of social media and video sharing, Ulmer’s predictions have come …
Trace a user on a social networking site to determine how s/he is representing him/herself. (Do something similar with the comments on a video? Find a conversation and examine it?)
Compare/contrast the style and tone of comments, parodies.
Seek out a video that spreads misinformation and examine its spread.
Select a video and re-remix (or re-imagine) it for a different platform such as a news site, network T.V., or short story.
Sites such as YouTube often target ads based on search terms and viewing history. Examine the juxtaposition of the ads against the content.
Learn more about a YouTube policy. What would you amend?
Subscribe to a user’s channel, twitter, fb, etc., to determine if this alters your perception of the user.
Seek out information about a tuber through other sites to determine how/if they’ve utilized their fame.
What role does money play in two or more of these situations? For example, people donated money to Karen Klein and Caine Monroy and David DeVore’s family earned money from merchandising and ad revenues on the famous video.
Trace the etymology of virus and viral and compare it to Henry Jenkin’s “spreadability.”
Examine a video’s language, style, tone, visual description and aural effects. What would you improve? What was effective? etc.
Create a map to visually represent the users of YouTube.
If your group had $2 which of the people in the videos would you donate to?