Response to Wesch’s “An anthropological introduction to YouTube”

While this is a long YouTube video (average video: 2-3 minutes) Wesch raises a number of interesting points about YouTube and the people who use it. He talks about how we can connect to each other on a deeper level and have a stronger voice or presence through YouTube.

This website has made it easy for us to upload videos to the internet and it encourages people to Broadcast You. Through YouTube people are broadcasting a part of themselves. They upload videos showing their ideas, talents, tips, emotions and so much more. Wesch mentions the “invisible audience,” which I found quite interesting. He shows us examples of various vlogs in which most of these people are alone talking to a camera. But it doesn’t stop at the camera, the video is uploaded to YouTube where it is made public and the vlogger can have an audience. As one girl puts it, “I’m talking to you but for the time being, I don’t know who you are.” Wesch further explains that because we don’t see the audience at the time or we are often in our private room or home we can show a real side to ourselves. And while we watch others we can, “stare and see for who they are,” and “watch without staring or making them uncomfortable.” and because of this we are able to connect deeply.

I think YouTube just allows a larger audience and easier sharing capabilities. We’ve had the invisible audience notion since the camera was made and it was able to capture sides of people that we don’t usually see.

I also liked how Wesch talked about collaborations across time and space. He first mentions it when he collaborated with someone from the Ivory Coast using his music for his video. He also shows another example with MadV’s “The Message.” This video incorporated people from all over and it was interesting to see that many of them had a similar theme of oneness.