I Simultaneously Love and Loathe YouTube

May 4, 2008 at 7:29 am 3 comments

YouTube has redefined what the internet is and can be, and had a sincere impact on the world of film, television, and video in general. On the one hand, it’s a great way for people to distribute their creative work to a mass audience and for a mass audience to entertain themselves with genuinely interesting original material (Old Gregg!) that never would’ve seen the light of day otherwise. On the other hand, it’s also a great way for pimply 15 year-olds to upload videos of themselves playing Halo and people with no insight or original content of their own to click around shitting on everyone else’s

Last night I came home very drunk, and while waiting around for my boyfriend to finish smoking outside, decided to check my YouTube account for any new comments. Here’s the comment that I got on a 40-second animatic I had made for my Titling and Special Effects class over the song “Where Is My Mind?” as covered by Nada Surf: “Best cover ever. YOU who put this up, YOU SUCK. WHY PUT THIS GREAT SONG WITH THAT SHIT VIDEO!?” Now I’ve never claimed to be any kind of Walt Disney, and this video was my first ever project in After Effects, but there’s no way it deserves a comment like that. And personally, I want to absolutely destroy the person that left this, known only as ASSDipsy (the name says it all). Normally I take critical comments with a grain of salt, because usually they’re just stating an opinion that they don’t like a video and that’s fine, but this asshole made it personal. I had a look at his YouTube profile (mostly to leave a bitchy comment back) and noticed, hey, shocker, this person has no original content, and instead, has just a list of favorites consisting of Marilyn Manson and Limp Bizkit music videos and some Star Wars-related shit. And I’m no expert (or maybe I am) but I’m pretty sure having a YouTube account and the ability to work a mouse does not qualify a person as a “director”. As much as I vent about this mofo, I don’t think anything will quell my rage short of personally punching him in the trachea.

People in the arts have to deal with a lot of criticism as it is, from their instructors, their employers, their peers, and themselves. Hopefully, most of the time that criticism is constructive and merited to some degree, and intended to improve the person and their work. No one needs more criticism, especially malicious pointless criticism, from Johnny Asshole on the internet.

Anyway, this is my point about YouTube and much of the internet. YouTube allows us to share and view brilliant content (and a lot of really shitty content) but at the same time, has demolished the principle of accountability. People say whatever they want to whoever they want because there will be no consequences or ramifications and they can hide behind a computer and an alias like DrAsshat or QTangelgirl45. They just cruise around shitting on everyone else’s work whilst producing nothing of value (and most of the time just nothing at all) themselves. Some people are at least trying while other people make it their business to crap on them. Whatever happened to being nice?

I invite anyone reading this who has a YouTube account to use the above links to leave nasty comments on this person’s profile. (Yes I know it’s not nice but this guy is a complete cuntface.)

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  • 1. bettytron  |  May 4, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Everyone has basically a limited number of people they relate to and sympathize with, and the further away from that core people get, the less you care about their feelings. Genocide in a faraway country is sad, but a school bus full of kids dying in a crash in your hometown is tragic. The anonymity of the internet makes it really easy for people to use that distance to lash out at people they don’t even know, especially if there’s no reason for it. The better or more popular something is, the more shit it is going to attract. I’m pretty sure that’s one of the golden rules of the internet. The only thing you can do is laugh it off (and maybe call them a faggot).

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  • 2. bettytron  |  May 4, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Also you should check out some of the comments on the Scientology video. People are retaaarded.
    http://www.youtube.com/comment_servlet?all_comments&v=NK3fvKWT-tI&fromurl=/watch%3Fv%3DNK3fvKWT-tI

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  • 3. DrAsshat  |  May 4, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    This is the most stupid thing I’ve read in a long time. Can’t you take criticism from a comment in YouTube? Can’t you decide for yourself when an opinion is just stupid and when it deserves more appreciation? No, it deserves an article on why 15 year olds are stupid. Congratulations.

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