Wednesday, May 24, 2006

They are Stars! (YouTube Stars)

As Shakespeare noted in As You Like it, "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players..." Rush expanded on the thought in Limelight, "All the world's indeed a stage, and we are merely players, performers and portrayers, each another's audience". Nowhere do these words ring truer than on the popular video sharing website - In a little over a year since its launch, YouTube has become one of the most visited internet sites, especially among young people. Their tagline is "Broadcast Yourself". Anyone can send in video clips, or "blogs", up to 10 minutes in length and anyone else can watch and comment. And boy oh boy do they comment! Each IS another's audience, and it is common for video bloggers to comment on comments left for their previous posts.

If you've never been to YouTube, or haven't seen it lately, you'll want to read the article we just posted at LookingForClues called, "YouTube Stars - Creating Reality TV?" The article, written by Kenny Crane, introduces the reader to the Stars who are popular on YouTube at the moment. You'll meet an illusionist, some Emo people, a Latina from East L.A., a talented Welsh schoolgirl, and more. Crane reviews the work of several of the hottest and most popular video bloggers. He also gives a bit of his opinion as to why people make these videos and why there is often such varied and extreme reaction to the clips. Read the article and watch the clips, then YOU decide - Is this a new form of Reality TV, or are these people all acting? Is this fun and harmless entertainment or just a mindless waste of time? Maybe the answers are somewhere in between. Read the article; YOU be the judge!

We've embedded two short but amazing videos into the article, both by MadV, a master illusionist. We also provide links to videos by EmoKid21Ohio, Emogirl21, Brookers, LittleLoca, Darahgna and others. Warning! The screen names that some users have chosen may be offensive to some visitors, and some videos contain adult language. YouTube is NOT for children!

I'm going to embed a very popular and funny video into this entry. It's called Evolution of Dance. This 6 minute video is a performance by comedian Judson Laipply. He demonstrates many dance moves that have come and gone over the last 40 years. This particular video IS SAFE for family viewing and is guaranteed to make you LAUGH!!!

The video is below. If you can't see it, then view it on YouTube.


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