In Social Media, YouTube on March 13, 2011 at 11:15 am

So, the subject of the day today has been YouTube and the evolution of journalism in the face of the social media revolution. There was a quote in the oddly well-animated powerpoint presentation that said the the ‘Numa Numa’ explosion of the early noughties was some kind of mass-celebration by the cyber-populous over their newfound vlogging freedom.

In my own personal experience with YouTube, this doesn’t ring completely true. Of course there’s the whole buzz of knowing what you’ve just uploaded can potentially be seen by millions upon millions of other people. But for the most-part it’s just been stupid ideas that became stupid videos to show our stupid friends.

Most people don’t put that much thought into it.

But then again, some do. The following is taken from an article on the Ahmedabad Mirror site, about a truly awful musician/comedian who sprung to fame with the tried and tested platform of the satirical-but-kind-of-offensive song’n’video.

“But that is the point I am trying to make,” he says. “About cultural intelligence. About how a small town boy like me can also be interesting and know about things. When people see only one or two songs about me, they think I am making fun of them. But madam, if you go through the other videos, I am talking about things that are considered taboo, like how to use the eastern latrine. Now people are saying I am disgracing the country. How am I doing this? It is important for westerners to know this.” – Wilbur Sargunaraj, internet sensation. In an article by Mitali Parekh.

And now he’s claiming intelligence.