YouTube for many is very old news (almost 12 months now). But I keep getting pleasantly surprised, hence this post. I first clicked on over while in the US reading about a debate as to whether some teenage girl posting her videos to YouTube was for real, or had a crew backing her? It really ended up being a silly but interesting first visit/investigation. But as time has marched on I’m spending more and more time on the site.
For those still not in the know, YouTube describes itself as:
YouTube is a free online video streaming service that allows users to view and share videos that have been uploaded by our members.
And while there’s a lot of ‘citizen media’ being posted that’s quite personal and useless outside of a touch of voyeur-ing I’ve found a truck load of useful stuff as well. It helps that I have a mate who’s addicted to ‘Comedy Central‘ and sends copious links through to me, keeping me amused listening to mostly Dubya bashing by John Stewart on the Daily Show. On a more relevant (to me) level, I’m reading a book by Richard Dawkins at the moment, and on a recent visit found many short interviews with Dawkins on all kinds of issues.