Lift10 Online Communities: YouTube’s Unfolding History (Jean Burgess)

Here are my running notes of the Lift conference in Geneva. This is YouTube’s Unfolding History (Jean Burgess), part of the Online Communities session. May contain errors, omissions, things that aren’t quite right, etc. I do my best but I’m just a human live-blogging machine.

Found other good posts about this session? Link to them in the comments.

Lift10 Jean Burgess

YouTube’s competing futures, also! Participatory culture. Hype and counter-hype. “Person of the year = YOU” vs. Andrew Keen, Cult of the Amateur.

There has to be something more to this. YouTube as an object of study, as a cultural system. It’s five years old. 2005, your online video repository. First video: Jawed at the zoo. YouTube was undetermined. Now it’s huge. It was co-created.

Two YouTubes.

Vernacular creativity (the bedroom!!) and also a social network. The videoblog predates YouTube.

The most subscribed channels have emerged as part as the social network (not “brand” channels for example).

Other side: “traditional media content”. Pretty clear separation between TV shows and movies, etc, and the other messy activities of the social network inhabitants.

A global living-room, and online archive. A huge museum curated by the community. It has public value but it’s not a public institution.

YouTube, parodies, copyright violations. Commenting of news by others than the professional media (less mollycoddling).

Competing futures:

Lift10 YouTube Competing Futures

YouTube’s architecture does not promote the creation of community, actually fights against it.

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