Sunday, April 14, 2013

Another point of personal privilege; RE: YouTube

For a site which is essential to the success of my blog, I sure do give YouTube a lot of grief here. To be fair though it's not YouTube I snark at so much as YouTube devotees, who seem determined to let the world know that they believe that anything that can be captured on film is automatically LOL the funniest thing ever, and that every bit of music in every commercial more than three seconds long is worthy of obsessively posting "where can I get this music I need this music what is this music anyone know the name of this music where can I get this music?"

But I have two serious questions about YouTube itself that I would like to ask readers of this blog.  I hope they don't sound too stupid, but they are two things that have always really bugged me about the site and maybe someone out there has some reasonable answers for me.

First, why would anyone post a commercial to YouTube- and then make the video "private?"  I can understand wanting to make private, personal family videos available only to a select number of people (and I kind of wish that more of the crap posted at that site WAS private, and am downright mystified at a lot of the stuff that isn't.  I had no idea that there were SO MANY PEOPLE living in this country who are sure they are budding stand-up comedians, film directors, or models. (Hey, people?  Hate to break it to you, but you aren't anywhere near as funny, talented, or good looking as you think you are.  Glad I could help.)  But commercials?  They don't really belong to you.  So you captured it on film, posted it on YouTube- and then made it private?  What the hell?

(And why is it that some of these videos don't start out as private, but become private later?  Why would anyone do that with a COMMERCIAL?)

Second, where do ad companies get off using YouTube to spread their lame commercials at no cost, and then refusing to allow Commenting or Embedding for these commercials?  There are a TON of ads available on YouTube clearly posted there by the companies responsible for them which allow you to watch the ads but not comment or share them.  What is that all about?  It seems to me that if McDonalds wants to use YouTube to show off it's latest thirty-one second crap ad, they should at LEAST be required to surrender control of it for embedding, and to allow people to give their take.  Why are they allowed to basically poach space here as if YouTube is just another tv channel (one that provides free ad space?)

Anyway, it should be pretty obvious that these questions reflect my irritation that YouTube on occasion fails to be one hundred percent helpful and instead makes it difficult or even impossible for me to carry out this hobby with the ease a rather lazy, unimaginative dope like me requires.  I am curious though, so if anyone out there has any answers, I'd love to read them.

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