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The wonders of YouTube
Friday 8 February 2008
YouTube is now enormously popular as a place for people to both post and view video clips on the Internet.
We here at the Society are still not entirely sure if YouTube is a force for good or evil, though.
We will say that there are things on it that we love (e.g.: clips from British comedies; clips from old old British comedies; rare music footage) and things on it that we loathe (e.g.: incoherent political rantings; teenagers emoting; kittens being filmed for no particular reason etc).
One thing we can be sure of is that YouTube is an incredible time-waster. For example, our Webmaster, Peter Scott, spent four hours on YouTube “researching” this article. He found one clip that he enjoyed, which led to another, and then another… and ended up laughing for most of that time.
Overall, though, there’s more to like on YouTube than to dislike. For every piece of nonsense featuring celebrities, animals, and the desperately deluded, there are plenty more genuinely unique, informative, or entertaining pieces of video that, because they’re on YouTube, are given a chance to be seen by a wider audience.
For example, this is a clip of a woman who has posted a video of herself explaining ME/CFS in response to questions she’s frequently been asked about the disease:
To that end, we have a new part of the website dedicated to recommendable YouTube videos.
We weren’t sure whether to put these videos in the Humour section [no longer active] of the website, the My Favourite... section [no longer active], or the Multimedia section. Utimately, we decided to plump for a subsection of the all-purpose Multimedia section and called it YouTube recommendations.
Because there are so many videos we can recommend, and with so much variety, we have broken down the YouTube recommendations into a few distinct categories (although we’re fairly sure that some these videos could easily overlap a category or two):
If you have a YouTube video that you’d to like to let us know about (for one reason or another), then please feel free to do so. Email either the Society (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our Webmaster, Peter Scott.
We’ll start off our YouTube section with a few of our Webmaster’s favourites.
YouTube: Webmaster’s choice
Without further adieu, here are some YouTube videos that has had Peter Scott laughing his head off, gasping in amazement, scratching his head, or doing all simultaneously:
Johnny Nice Painter
Father Ted - My Lovely Horse
Tickle Me Emo
Jellyfish - The Ghost At Number One
Puffy AmiYumi - Nice Buddy
Unclassifiable (i.e., just plain weird)
Tyra Banks - Vaseline
Otters holding hands
Baby duck feeding fish