YouTube, Replacing the Boob Tube
I think that Flinders is right on when he states, "(his show) illuminates the future of television" (Wired, The Secret World). Because of time constraints, commercials, and the lack of quality shows, I hardly watch TV anymore. I usually download (upload?) my favorites like Lost and Heroes and then log on to YouTube for some mindless entertainment. Quite often my friends will forward me a clip or a "hybrid form of storytelling" (Wired, The Secret World) compliments of YouTube. My life is busy, so YouTube and TMZ give me the quick fix that I need.
Back when I lived in LA (1998-2002), YouTube didn't exist and my friends and hair clients didn't have a medium to showcase their work. Now when I type in a search on YouTube I can find my friend the casting director's commercial, my hair client the writer's sitcom pilot, my friend the editor's movie trailer- even the music video that I did the hair styling on.
It is a whole new ball game and it looks like Flinders has covered all his bases by partnering up with a lawyer who gives free legal advice on copyrights and false advertising. He also seems to know how to play Hollywood execs and has a pulse on what his audience wants. Whether or not Lonelygirl15 lives a long life, he will be remembered as a pioneer of the new age of Web broadcasting.
It is amazing to me the things we can capture on our cell phone these days. It'll be interesting to see how the videos, "shot with cell phone cameras" (Inside Higher Ed) will hold up in court. While I believe the security guards are guilty of abusing the student, I do see how a video that only shoots a portion of the scene can be misleading and by posting it nationwide, creates a huge and somewhat unfair bias. But hopefully the truth will prevail, video or no video, and justice will be served to Duren.