Youtube has been around for quite some time now, and is a website that almost everyone is familiar with, and uses daily or regulay. It's an easy, accessible and navigable site, making it so that almost everyone will be able to find something that they're looking for, and in most of the cases something you're not looking for, but happy you found. This easy access and the way that Youtube is set up has helped to set off careers of such Youtube sensations like Justin Bieber, as well as making videos like "Charlie Bit my Finger" and "David After Dentist" go viral. But not all "publicity" for Youtube is good publicity.
This past Saturday, there was an 8.9 magnitude earthquake followed by tsunamis that hit Japan. People are devastated by the news, and people in Japan, and people in other countries, including America, were frantically and are continuing to search for family members, for so far 763 are counted dead and 639 are missing. In response to this event a Youtube video was made by a UCLA student named Alexandra Wallace. In the video she talks about trying to study for finals at her school, and how she kept getting distracted because her classmates in the library kept talking on the phone to their relatives overseas about what had happened in Japan. She made a couple of racist comments, and of course had to make sure not to offend any of her friends. And at the end of the video thanked her viewers for watching.
This is just one example of how this website can incorrectly be used. Youtube, while most of the time harmless and just a good sense of entertainment, can in some cases bring out some videos of people with views and opinions that bring up a large amount of controversy. In the end she did apologize for what she had said, and said,"If I could take it back I would." But who wouldn't say that to get out of a sticky situation???
What do you think? Do you agree with me? Do you think that Youtube is mostly a good source of entertainment, but sometime brings out a few crazies? Let me know!!! :)