Disruptive Technologies

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We chose YouTube as our disruptive medium.  Since YouTube was created 10 years ago, 300 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute. (source).

YouTube disrupts traditional television stations and contributes to “cord-cutting” by providing an alternative source of content, one where anyone can produce as well as consume. It can even deliver a replacement for the “10 foot experience” using YouTube Leanback, which allows videos to be viewed on a TV and controlled using a smartphone.

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  1. No comment on the video yet … I was hoping this would have been posted according to the instructions both in the Assignment Overview and the out of class work from the Week 5 Post:

    “Continue working on your Team Videos and post them to the course site via a YouTube or Vimeo embeds with a short overview of what technology you focused on and why you chose to explore it by noon on 3/5/2015”

    I know there have been issues reported with YouTube, but there isn’t any reflection associated with the post.

  2. First off, I think this is a great video! I appreciated the humor and the “low-tech” of the Xtra Normal-like characters. My main comment is on your discussion of YouTube comments. I know the video mentioned educational channels had interaction between creator and viewer. Have you all seen this happen in many other types of channels?

    Usually, I see interaction occur elsewhere (tumblr, Instagram, snapchat, etc.) instead of YouTube. It does happen, but it seems that the more viewers there are, the more disconnected the creator becomes in terms of YouTube comments. They may comment a question or description of the video as one of the first comments, but it isn’t really interacting. Look at creators like Grace Helbig, Shep689, or even the infamous Pewdiepie that for a short time disabled comments altogether. It does come full circle, however, with conferences like Vidcon (you mentioned), Playlist Live, and the Pax series (for gaming channels).

    Like I said…I loved the video!

    • Chris Williams

      March 5, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Now that you mention it, it does appear that more YouTubers are connecting with they audiences on other social platforms. What I usually see is the content creators would reply to comments in another video and continue conversation like that.

      (More along the lines of what you said) A channel I watch called SourceFed does this segment where they take stories from their viewers off of snapchat.

  3. I use YouTube as a platform to manage and store my videos and I then embed them in my blog or post via twitter. Most of the engagement I care about happens at those sites.

    • That made me think about how I have used YouTube for classes or my ePortfolio, etc. I generally have an unlisted video that I embed in another site for discussion/reflection. I wonder if there have been any studies that have gone over the different types of YouTube practice or if there are any other sites that are used in similar ways as these: 1) embedding as we do, 2) instructional–where discussion usually isn’t present, and 3) the conversation starter as mentioned in the above comments. I separated 1 & 3 since you generally view 1 on other sites and 3 on YouTube itself.

  4. Nice vid! I like the point you made about You Tube as disruptive because it gives everyone a platform to broadcast, and people can comment on the content. This interaction between content creator and consumer give the people who spend time watching something that ability to participate in how content evolves – it can reveal the true pulse of a community, instead of the one that providers might try to elicit through manipulative marketing and promotional tactics.

  5. Katherine.Hopkins@stonybrook.edu

    March 10, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    I love how you incorporated both text and voiceover in this video! When I first saw the two sharks I was like “no way, they did not,” but it’s seriously so awesome. I thought it was interesting how you showed the constant conversation on just one specific youtube video and all of the separate conversations that can branch off of just one 3 minute video clip.

    In the context of McLuhan, he would probably say that the eventual consequences of YouTube were not expected. Videos could be uploaded one day and go viral the next. These viral videos could receive hundreds of video replies and even more text replies.

    McLuhan tells us that a “message” is, “the change of scale or pace or pattern” that a new invention or innovation “introduces into human affairs.” (McLuhan 8) Note that it is not the content or use of the innovation, but the change in inter-personal dynamics that the innovation brings with it.” (Source: http://individual.utoronto.ca/markfederman/article_mediumisthemessage.htm)

    Your video reflects all of the inter-personal dynamics that the innovation of YouTube has created. Video responses, comments and subscriptions all play a role in the interaction of YouTubers, their fans and commenters.

  6. Christopher Stratis

    March 29, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    The broadcasting sharks are genius. Youtube is certainly disruptive; what I find most interesting is the progression of youtuber’s videos. Often, I see channels that start with budget equipment and low production value transition to better equipment, better content, better production value. We can witness climate, in the sense of attributes changing over extended periods of time (a few internet years is like a few decades offline).

    Have y’all ever seen or heard of the youtube symphony?

    That is collaboration at it’s finest. Even theatre artists are moving to virtual auditions and digital portfolios.

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