YouTube: The Good, Bad, and Ugly
For too many of us, YouTube is the new video encyclopedia; if you need to learn something new or just find different ways to do anything YouTube is the place to go. YouTube has become so huge that more videos are uploaded on YouTube in 60 days than 3 major television stations have created in 60 years. The average user spends 15-25 minutes a day on the site. I personally use YouTube for help with business questions or simply when I want to hear our President giving Young Jeezy a shout out. So for many of us it has changed the way things are communicated to us, we don’t ever have to miss a great news story, new rap video, something a Celebrity said about someone else and so on. However with all the great attributes that YouTube brings to the table it also brings light to how much ignorance is in the world.
YouTube has created a doorway to promote people doing the most ignorant, stupid, distasteful, illegal and violent things. It is astonishing to find that some of the most watched video’s on YouTube involve street fighting, selling drugs, smoking weed, and girl’s booty shaking. Has YouTube begun to glorify and show all of the “The Hood” flaws? Between the videos of “How to Sell Drugs”, “How to shoot a Gun”, or “Girls fighting Girls” should YouTube be censored in a way as to what people are able to upload?
We have been blessed in this world to experience some of the best technology of the century. The inventions that we are given the access to use freely everyday also comes at a small price. The price is exposing ourselves and our children to the good and bad of society. Not only do we have the option to hear it but now we also have the ability to view the faces and actions. I remember my Mother telling me as a young boy don’t walk past this certain corner because it was filled with guys in the neighborhood smoking, drinking, and selling drugs. I realize why she did that because sometimes it is better if you are just not exposed to certain things that life has to offer especially at a young age.