Sharing Content IS Sharing Creativity
I have always watched youtube videos through my other friends computers, because my spyware software had not been renewed and I didn't have the latest version of flash (and I didn't want to install it due to viruses that might manifest themselves in the application), so I had not been able to indulge in all the content that was readily available to view at my own convenience. In the article, Boom Goes The Dynamite, Bob Garfield opens up the user's mind to a vast array of media that keeps the user wanting more, because you can type anything in and get everything out. It's not like a search query where you type a phrase in and an empty "0" comes back. The media content is rich and personalized and nothing is better than watching real-life scenarios take place on screen. For example, what if you could choose to watch an acted out scenario and a real-life scenario that resembled the same content? What would you choose? If I had the money to gamble with I would say that most people would want to see the real-life portrayal, because of the emotions that are instilled in the moment. Garfield nailed it when he stated that media content centered around the idea that the average person wants to, "step in front of the world and be somebody" (Boom Goes The Dynamite, pg. 1). Where everything used to be contained in a closed silo, there is now a fine line between what is broadcast on the internet and what is broadcast on tv, because now you and me can share and make media content with no restraints.
In the article, Lights, Camera, YouTube, Action, the sentence that most stuck out in my head was, "more and more higher ed institutions are regularly producing full-fledged online video programs" (Lights, Camera, YouTube, Action pg. 1). This reminds me of how MIT released the university's entire curriculum online to any average joe without charging a penny in tuition fees. This just goes to show you that this stepping stone process that we call web 2.0, is helping to shape mass collaboration as a platform that is represented in almost every aspect of a persons life especially through media content.