YouTube: A Place to Learn

YouTube: Gaining your Independence 

For this project, I decided to focus heavily on how YouTube personally effects me, and what makes it so beneficial in my life. In particular, using YouTube as an environment to learn on, and become self-sufficient.  

YouTube provides the framework to become self-sufficient. Independence is achieved through participating, critiquing, and learning. 

YouTube; a place for fun

YouTube, unique to most social media sites, permits users to post, view and comment on videos.  These videos range across a very broad spectrum.  Some for entertainment, some for business, documentary, and most importantly for learning.

YouTube is a social media platform that is by far still in it’s infancy.  On February 14th, 2005, YouTube launched for the very first time.  Since, YouTube has snowballed into a platform harboring more than one billion users.

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[ABOVE: Visual of one billion pennies]

YouTube; a place to participate

The famous notion of participatory culture originates from the father of social media, Henry Jenkins.  Jenkins stresses that we live in an age in which the focus is shifting between old media and new media.  Participatory culture is exactly as it sounds; collaboration among society.  Jenkins argues that new media platforms such as social media, are a compilation of US as a whole, and WE make up our media (Jenkins).

With over one billion users, YouTube relies entirely on participatory culture.  With such expansive depth, the outcome is variety.  With variety comes choice.

YouTube; a place to critique

Howard Rheingold discusses the idea of “crap-detection”.  With participatory culture giving us so much to choose from, we must make that choice carefully.  If there are 40 videos on a particular topic, it is likely some are more credible than others.  However, it is ultimately up to us to decide. Rheingold carefully warns us against the dangers of blindly following advice (Rheingold).

YouTube; a place to learn

YouTube is becoming incorporated into the classroom.  Sloane Burke argues that YouTube has the potential to be a scholarly learning tool for students.  In a 2011 study, it was found that 80% of classrooms in the United States have incorporated YouTube as a means of learning.

Once we have performed research, and detected any potential crap, we can learn.

YouTube; a place for independence

Becoming self-sufficient in this world is a trait that will not only grow you as an individual, but can also save you money!  Coupling a platform such as YouTube, with careful research tactics, daunting tasks can become very simple.  Consider your next oil change, or even building a website.  The more you know how to do, the less you have to rely on others.

A more informed society is a more successful one.

Here are some of the areas you can explore to broaden your knowledge on YouTube:

How to Make Your YouTube Videos More Popular 

Thats right, theres even tutorials on how to make popular YouTube videos! This video gives us ten basic tips to the best YouTube videos. [45s-55s]

How to Wash Your Hands in Space

This may not be the most practical “how-to” video, but it’s certainly entertaining enough.  Learning isn’t necessarily about importance, but expanding what you know. [40s-1m]

How to Perform CPR

This may be my favorite type of DIY video.  Videos like this, prove just how important it is to take it upon yourself to learn things.  You CAN pay for a CPR class, or dedicate a few minutes out of your day to see this tutorial for free.  [1m-1m20s]

The Power Rule

YouTube math tutorials were how I passed calc II at RPI.  The beauty of YouTube is that more than likely, every area of study has been covered.  Therefore, you can re-learn, sometimes in a different way, assignments. 


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YouTube: A Place to Learn

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