An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Five Month old YouTube is a Hit!

Five months??!! Thats all?! Wow. This is the power of the internet…. where some site that is cool to be at attracts millions of folks within a matter of months! YouTube has done well despite the presence of Google Video! And to me that is its success!

The closest Terry Turner comes to Washington politics is his job as a bureaucrat at the Pentagon — until, that is, he fires up the camcorder pointed at a makeshift TV studio in his Arlington apartment.

It’s there that Turner, 45, brings his dreams of being a political commentator — the next Bill Maher, perhaps — one step closer to reality. Once a week, Turner uploads homemade video of his political rants to YouTube.com, hoping people will watch.

Turner is among the growing number of amateur videographers trying to tap into the mushrooming phenomenon called YouTube, a Web site that encourages users to "Broadcast Yourself" by posting short video clips to the Internet universe.

Though it debuted only five months ago, YouTube.com attracts 6 million visitors each day to watch two-minute video clips that amount to the Internet’s version of "America’s Funniest Home Videos" meets "American Idol." Every day, users stock the site with 35,000 homemade videos of lip-syncing, dancing, silly animation and commentaries on any topic, all of which are commented on and rated by viewers.

Fast Internet connections and digital video cameras are giving average people a new avenue to fame. With other homegrown phenomena such as Web logs, or blogs, and radio-style podcasts, the Internet is changing people’s relationships to the media and putting more power into the hands of consumers.

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