YouTube as society

YouTube is really a community unto itself and I want to look at the website as such. I want to look at the similarities and differences between the real world and YouTube societies. I really want to observe the differing roles of individuals and rules of society within YouTube society. I think that looking at YouTube as a society can provide insight into real world society. I’m pretty excited because I think a lot of the theory we have read so much is reflected or in some way touched upon in the YouTube society. I was especially thinking about the recent discussion about the concept of nationality and the fact that citizens do not actually know most of the other citizens within a nation (making the definition of the nation lacking) but within the YouTube society the opportunity to know every other member at least exists. I definitely want to look into the social pyramid of YouTube, is there a social pyramid of YouTube?

A lot of the books I am using for research look at YouTube, or Internet interactions in general, as a modern day extension of society. What led to this new society, and does it have something that real world society lacks? What, exactly, are people hoping to find? It’s really interesting that people view YouTube as a way of making their voices heard, how true is this? What sort of impact does YouTube have on actual reality? Does it have any impact at all? Or is it simply an attempt to flee from a real world society that seems incapable of adequately representing everyone? Overall, I really want to look at how Marxist theory fits into the YouTube society. Do the observations made of real society hold true for the modern virtual one? In what ways? Personally, based on how things are going so far, I think Marxist theory is going to be scarily accurate for YouTube society. I’m not really certain what that means… Perhaps that a virtual recreation of society is not the best form of revolution.

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