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Internet Killed Television ~ Videoblogok a YouTube-on
Internet Killed Television ~ Videoblogs on YouTube

Author(s): Dorottya Kovács
Subject(s): Other, Societal Essay
Published by: Korunk Baráti Társaság
Keywords: videoblogging; internet community; online celebrities; amateur TV-show

Summary/Abstract: Since blogs and forums made their apparition, the internet has granted the opportunity to make our voices heard throughout the web. YouTube, the biggest and most popular video sharing site, other than being a space for publishing video content for free, also makes it possible for anyone to become a celebrity by showing his talents to the internet community. Becoming well-known on YouTube usually doesn’t involve managers, only the YouTubers themselves. YouTube vlogs are the reality shows of the web 2.0 generation, the audiovisual genre of keeping a journal and the internet version of (amateur) TV-shows. Content creators on YouTube are their own producers, directors, cameramen and marketing specialists. And even though YouTube videos are often referred to as amateur videos, their audience is growing compared to the audience of traditional media. Since, in many ways, the Y and Z generation’s new TV is the internet, YouTube has become one of the sites that is filling the need for audiovisual content on the internet. The author opens her paper by talking about the medium-specific genre of video blogs, and continues with a presentation of the economics of being a YouTuber. She emphasizes the role of daily videoblogs, as they raise some important questions about anonymity on the internet and the limits of sharing one’s life on the web. She finishes her thesis with a media content analysis, where she exemplifies her view on videoblogging on an example.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 59-67
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Hungarian