I know that I’ve done some crazy sh…,
But I was only talking about “stuff”.
Where did she come from?
Anyway I know that I’ve done some crazy things in my youth, teens, 20’s and even yesterday but I never thought that I’d have to worry about seeing them on the internet. With the advent of YouTube in 2005, anyone and everyone can instantly become a star without “accidentally” tweeting out a nude picture of themself. Michael Wesch, an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University, spoke at the Library of Congress back in June of 2008 about “An Anthropological introduction to YouTube”.
Wesch’s discussion was about how people use the internet to “speak” to the world but in actuality they are only talking to themselves in front of a camera. Who are we really speaking to on YouTube? Are we speaking to your friends, family or anyone that you hope will listen to your gibberish? Most people create their minutes of “star dome” in hopes of becoming the next big thing but they are lucky if their best friends actually glimpse at it. Although some people are lucky to be talented, others will become “viral hits” for being horribly funny … so much so that others will recreate their disasters.
Just like Facebook and Twitter, YouTube has many security features that can help you, as the new “producer/ consumer” of media, focus your videos at your target audience. Clay Shirky would probably laugh or say “right?” at our inability to keep our target audience in the cross hairs of our media blitz but if it can be shared … it will be.
You can do your best to live your life as clean as possible and do as many good deeds as possible but as long as we live in the information age with cellphones affixed to our hands … you too can be caught doing something others consider dumb.
As a man who is trying to become a teacher of the next generation of great minds (Lord help us!), I can’t ever say to those children that “I’ve never done that” because there is probably video proof of it somewhere in the hands of my archenemies or ex girlfriends.
So in 50 years, when my kids are trying to tell my grandkids or great grandkids how I helped shape the minds of students, helped create a new language or even thumb wrestled an intergalactic robot to negotiate world peace (it could happen) … they’ll google my name and will see this. I guess my future Nobel Prize for World Peace by Thumb War Victory will forever be over shadowed by my choice of head-gear in the early 1990’s but then again most people forgot how great OJ Simpson was as an actor too.
All I can say is, just make sure to be careful about what you put on the internet. You might be hoping that your loved ones are watching and reading everything that you are posting. The scary part is that your actual audience will more closely resemble this guy.
So in the words of Ron Burgundy, “Stay classy San Diego”!