The Community of YouTube Has Room to Grow, by Stephanie Lee
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This texteo was written by Stephanie Lee as her final for 2010 LFYT.
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YouTube continually grows as the community expands to include all types of people. On one hand, there are kids who are bored and teens looking for musical satisfaction; on the other hand, there are amateur actors looking for their big break and businessmen who compete to advertise their products. It's very interesting to study the relationship between all these people and to recognize the platforms that YouTube has virtually generated for each individual's benefit.

From a scholarly perspective, I am pleased to see YouTube's potential as a space for discussion and debate. However, it seems that there will always be a struggle against blocking out the "haters," who are bored and waste space by starting pointless arguments.

While YouTube is still a very post-modern resource, I think classes about YouTube are the first right step towards creating a community that is both entertaining and educational. Imagine if children were taught to make "real" videos that reflect their opinions and views on the world, and if other kids knew how to appropriately and intellectually respond to those videos.

For now, we are stuck with watching uploads of children mimicking the assumed societal norms. Unfortunately, that means watching the same video remade and uploaded by fifty individual children. I think that amount of computer space could be used for something better.