This texteo, dialectically holding two videos—my student's assignment and my relatively ineffective and poorly made straight-to-camera video response to their project proposal—was developed in 2008 as I attempted to write concise, systematic lessons from the output and experiences of LFYT 2007. I respond to dallen1eleven's
research project for LFYT 2007: a tour
of his group's research on censorship.
Users have been drawn to YouTube and other web 2.0 platforms in the name of community
. According to Howard Rheingold, "Virtual communities are social aggregations that emerge from the Net when enough people carry on those public discussions long enough, with sufficient human feeling, to form webs of personal relationships in cyberspace."[cit]
Censorship on YouTube has been a major concern for its users, scholars, and journalists. The multiple issues raised include YouTube being censored by the governments of specific countries
and YouTube itself censoring user content
, sometimes, although not always, in the name of stopping copyright infringement, including a long-standing billion-dollar legal battle with Viacom