Youtube Videos

1. Jenna Marbles: for those of you who don’t know who Jenna Marbles is, she’s pretty hilarious and I loved watching her Youtube videos my junior and senior year of high school, while her videos may seem pointless, I could always count on them for a good laugh and somehow found they them relatable to my life in some way, shape, or form. She was just a normal person who started posting videos to Youtube in 2010 and then she became very well known. So naturally I wanted to post one of her videos as one of my favorites on Youtube.

I know what you all are thinking, this isn’t a funny video at all. Well for starters a lot of her videos probably aren’t the most appropriate to put on my class blog, but trust me if you watch some of them they’ll have you crying. I really liked this video because, well, I had never seen it and also I had never seen Jenna Marbles “be herself” and “serious” you could say. I’d only ever seen the character she portrays in all her videos she uploads. I honestly really loved this video because it made me realize that some people do this “you tubing” stuff for many more reasons then to just get followers (as she explains what her Youtube success as done for her in this video). I also love how appreciative she is of all her fans and recognizes that she wouldn’t be where she was today without them, I think that’s pretty awesome. She also let’s people know it’s OKAY to not know what you’re doing in life, and to not have a plan. Everything will all fall into place when it’s meant to happen. So all this is a more serious side to Jenna Marbles, I still think she is hilarious yet this video shows her more down to earth side.

2. DIY: Usually when I go to Youtube for DIY it has something to do with home decorations, I’m not quite sure why, but that’s just generally what I like to do if I’m gonna get crafty. The video I found was DIY pillows (by SorryGirls), I love pillows, again not sure why but I have pillows for every season for my room and couches etc. I think they’re a really fun way to brighten up a space. So here it is:

First off the pillows these girls make are ADORABLE! I love them and they’re so much cheaper to make then to go buy at a HomeGoods store. The video was really detailed, they told exactly what size pillows they used, how much fabric and went slow. They did each step and explained them throughly yet not so much info that you lose track of what they were saying. I also loved how they tell you what stores you can find all the material in and where in the store the material will be , SO HELPFUL. They also had a ton of other really cute DIY projects on their page I was looking through, I also really liked this video because unlike a lot of DIY videos, it wasn’t super long, so I didn’t get bored or stop paying attention. The girls also are pretty enthusiastic and seem to really enjoy doing DIY home decor so that always helps!

3. Problematic Video: Flirting tips from Cosmo. Although I read read cosmo regularly, because, well, I’m a girly girl for the most part, I’ve always found they’re datings “tips” and “how to make a guy fall for you” articles ridiculous and usually I get a good laugh from them. I like this video because it shows the comedic, yet the realistic outcomes of what happens when women try these “tips and tricks”. The articles talk about women doing “simple, easy, and natural” flirty things that make them more “appealing and sexy” when in reality, we usually end up looking awkward and uncomfortable, very rarely do we look “effortless”. This video is pretty funny and brings to life the reality of what can happen when you actually try the flirting moves suggested by Cosmo’s writers. 

Like I mentioned above although the video is very funny and the girls participating in the video are having a good time videoing it, some women do rely on this tips to help them and when the results don’t go as planned they can be very discouraged and upset. I think this video is a great way to show the realities of dating and flirting with the opposite sex, you have to prepared for anything to happen and kinda just go with it. Everything won’t be planned out like the magazine says.

Youtube’s Social Network

Youtube

After reading this article I learned a lot about Youtube’s inner workings that I was blatantly unaware of, as well as many of the restrictions that were once a part of Youtube’s design or still are a part of the design today. I use youtube occasionally, when I want to look up a DIY project, music sometimes, and other random things, I never really thought of it as a “social network” website, and throughout the article they mention how youtube doesn’t have many of the “normal features” that social networks usually contain.

“YoUtube does not overtly invite community group-building, collaboration, or purposeful group work. there are no overt invitations to collaborate with other users, or to remix or quote each other’s videos.”

However, when you browse videos and such on Youtube you do see famous “Youtubers” working together in clips sometimes, or amateurs perhaps remixing a song, or a famously funny youtube clip. They also will give credit to other video creators if they use points from one of their videos or expand on something that’s in another video. So, in a way, Youtube is very much a social network.  Although the website isn’t explicitly made for this reason, collaboration, “shout-outs”, interaction between “youtubers” and interactions between “youtubers” and their followers happen, and group work does happen on Youtube and I would say that’s inevitable in today’s society where people work together happen all the time. If anything it’s a sign that Youtube is moving into the modern age of technology, new media, social media, whatever you want to call it and in fact becoming more of  the social network that it’s users know it can be, even though the creators and providers of the actual company may not see this potential or want this change to happen to their website.

Here are some videos of that go against Youtube not being a “social network”

This video is a collaboration of a “famous youtuber” and his followers creating a video together:

Project Love Collaboration

This video is a youtuber shouting out people who donated to his project:

Project Thirst Shout-Outs

So although these youtubers aren’t necessarily collaborating with each other in creating a video or giving them ideas for a video, they are connecting and interacting with their followers, which makes the website, Youtube, an interactive site in more ways then one. Not only can videos be used to make “shout-outs” and interact with people; users today on youtube can comment and reply to comments on youtube about what they think of a video. Being able to express your opinion and ideas as well as discuss them with other people if a MAJOR PART of social media today I believe; and Youtube DOES have this.  You can see as the idea of social media becomes more about interacting and connecting with peers, avid youtuber’s and such are finding ways to do so even through the limitations they may still have on the website itself. 

 

Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality

NEt Neutrality: Internet providers treating internet traffic equally

Based on the reading, I would have to agree with Obama’s stand on net neutrality and the importance of not allowing companies to “run” the internet.

The internet today is based around “openess, fairness, and freedom” according to Obama and I agree when he says it’s important it stays this way. There shouldn’t be anyone who determines what sites you can and cannot go to, there also shouldn’t be anyone to keep you from going to websites that you enjoy being on (within the legal restrictions). This is a really important point.  I believe that the “consumers” or viewers of a website are just as, if not more, important then the companies creating the websites. People on the internet should be able to decide what websites they want to use, not the companies. Having an open internet is an essential part to the American economy today; this is mostly because everyone is using the internet.  Net neutrality is something that we should be all informed and aware of.

Personally, I love being able to have the ability to go on whatever website I want to go on without really having to think about it. I think it’s something that people who use the internet, whether it’s a computer or smartphone, don’t really think about. Imagine NOT being able to go on certain websites you enjoy because a company doesn’t like them, or they aren’t a well known website so they get shut down (if that’s what you call a website no longer existing). A lot of websites, blogs, and other online entertainment we so enjoy would possibly not exist. The idea of net neutrality and the importance it plays in U.S citizens lives is something that we all should read up on and understand, prior to reading this I didn’t know much about it and now after reading it I’m glad I did. If you were really interested in this or want to read more into the topic here are some other websites with more info!

New York Times

ACLU 

(the second link is very much in favor of net neutrality and you can tell just by the homepage. I still thought it was a pretty good website though!)

Crap Detection 101

   After watching the video and reading blog about Crap Detection 101 by Rheingold, I definitely realized I rely way too heavily on the basic and obvious components of websites, webpages, and blogs when I’m looking for information on the internet. It made me question the techniques I use to decide whether or not a website is credible to use as a source and also gave me some new ideas and websites to think about using for future research. 

   I really took interest into how much Rheingold stresses about knowing who the author is; I think I found this particularly interesting because although I’ve known how important the author is in finding credible sources I’ve never really thought much about looking into their history and seeing what else they’ve done and what other critics think of them. Also, I remember being in middle school and even high school when I would do research and not be able to find an author, teachers often saying “Well, just fill the citation of the source to the best of your ability with the other information given to you.”  I don’t think any teacher every told me about WHO IS which is a website that Rheingold mentions in is video. The website allows to look up the author of a webpage or website in which none is stated.  This website would have come in handy for times when I couldn’t find an author and wanted to know who was behind a website and for what purpose. I wanted to know more about who is but couldn’t find the exact one Rheingold mentioned or showed in the video. Instead I found a website that explained a little more about what WHO IS data is used for. The website I found also has a search engine, so you can try out a domain name if you wanted and see the results of the website you put in! I tried the martinlutherking.org that Rheingold also mentioned in the video. If you’re interested, check it out!

In general, Rheingold mentions a lot about how important it is to know the author and the purpose behind the website the author created. In his blog he mentions that,

“Who is the author?” Is the root question.

He also says to make sure you don’t just look at the critics of this author either, but to also look at their work and what they do. Rheingold also makes note to look at what sources are being used. There is a lot that goes into determining whether or not a source is credible but I believe by simply answering Rheingold’s “root question”  he is suggesting that you can find out a lot about a website and/or source just by asking yourself to dig a little deeper with one question. (Who is the author?) The question has many places it take can you and will teach you a lot about the kind of website or source you could be using, even if it looks professional on the surface you don’t know what’s behind it until you take the time to look around and learn.

Spreadable Media by Henry Jenkins

After reading Henry Jenkins article, I found myself going back to the section where he talked about Youtube and the importance and diverse use of it in our society today.  I found a lot of what Jenkins was talking about to be really interesting and some of it I hadn’t heard of before so it made me stop and think, terms such as  “digi-gratis” and “entrepreneurial vloggers”  are just a couple of the terms that come to mind.  I also never realized how diverse a culture there was on Youtube, it was pretty amazing when I actually thought about it. However, being an education major, naturally I was drawn to paragraph when Jenkins talks about how Youtube and other media is/should be used in the classroom today.

The Hybrid Audiences of Youtube:

This section of the article talks about the role of Youtube in todays’s social media culture, and there are a diverse group of users and viewers logging and watching/creating videos every hour. I use youtube relatively often, to check out a really popular video and sometimes for DIY projects for around my house, but since I’ve been in school I’ve learned about the use of media in the classroom and Youtube has been in classrooms even when I was in middle school and high school. I think in today’s society especially, it’s important to find ways for teachers to incorporate technology into the classroom and learning environment because it is such a dominant presence in our culture today.  I believe that Jenkins in the paragraph, is trying to make education professionals aware of the fact that including new media is important to do in the classrooms today, and I completely agree with him. Children learn better and absorb information when they see it on a multitude of platforms and especially on platforms they find interesting and can navigate and use themselves.

“The role of students changes when they’re encouraged to bring new texts into the media studies of the classroom from the vast archives on content available online.”

I think that this quote is saying that students have the opportunity to do more and be more active and engaged in the classroom if they have some kind of control over what they’re learning or on what kind of platform they’re learning from. I think that children are definitely more involved and interested in their schoolwork when they’re active participants in the learning and teaching process. Allowing them to have some control in the classroom let’s them own their strengths and get support from the teacher on skills they’re still working on. Collaborative learning is a term that Jenkins mentions and that’s what the sentences after the term are really getting at; the teacher and students working together to create an interactive and positive learning environment through new technologies that are ever present in the lives of students today. This idea of incorporating new technology and media into the classroom today is already a hot topic that educators are talking about and as it becomes more prevalent in our culture and student’s lives it’s a subject matter that can no longer be ignored by school districts and school boards.  Finding ways to bring technology into the classroom, as well as helping children figure out what information on websites and different media platforms is reliable and unreliable is something that will in taught to students in the 21st century of literacy. Literacy no longer is going to be solely reading and writing it’s going to start incorporating digital technology, new media platforms and other technology that comes along the way. This is what I believe Jenkins is hinting towards in his paragraph about Youtube and use of other media in the classrooms.