The online community is growing faster than expected. Hilderbrand explains in his article how YouTube has grown to become a majorly popular site for audiences to come and view videos and share all types of information (Hilderbrand, 2007). I completely agree and believe that YouTube has in a sense formed an online community on its own. Communication is made possible through media outlets like YouTube. YouTube serves as a platform for individuals around the world to watch post and also comment on video of all types of genres. In my opinion it’s bringing everyone closer together. YouTube connects you with others and therefore allows easy communication which is why there is an active audience on YouTube. In Toby Millers article he’s argues that when a community has an active and participating audience it makes it easier to understand and interpret the existing communities online. YouTube allows for everyone to execute their interests and essentially choose their own “community” to which they can contribute. After watching “Everything is a Remix” by Kirby Ferguson, It really helped me understand how all media is so different but is rooted from the same concept or idea. And I’ve come to the conclusion that this concept and idea is formed around our need to be “free”. YouTube has allowed us to be free and express our cultures, ideas, thoughts and opinions But copyright laws have in a way restricted our freedom online. In this day and age there are different type of copyright law that serves different purposes. These are needed to protect our opinions and ideas from being taken advantage of. Online communities of producers and consumers with new media work have made it hard to get past copyright laws in order to build accessible cultural commons. There seems to be a constant tug of war between producers and consumers who are pursuing creative endeavors with the producer’s content. This tug of war is bound to become more relaxed when they realize there is much more to gain from cooperation and collaboration. The incorporation allows users to more freely edit and remix videos. I know that YouTube has also provided for easy licensing of uploaded videos which makes content sharing more accessible to users of the site. For example now it is possible to access a YouTube video through Facebook and even send a YouTube link through email.
Hilderbrand, L. (2007). Youtube: Where Cultural Memory and Copyright Converge. Film Quarterly. Vol. 61, No. 1, 48-57.
Miller, T. (2004) A view from a fossil. International Journal Of Cultural Studies, 7(1), 55-65.