Power of horrible YouTube videos

Video clips don’t have to have the highest quality to have impact. Movie clips from tiny digital cameras now have the abilities to tell important stories and influence public opinion.

I mentioned the Free Tibet Olympics Protest at Great Wall of China YouTube video in my previous blog entry where the video was probably at the level of mobile-phone-shot video quality.

Regardless of which side you support, the YouTube clip: Stop SPP Protest — Union Leader stops provocateurs has made an impact on the public opinions and get the public thinking how should police behave. (see more report from CBC here and here with video) Again, it was simply a low quality video, nothing more. In fact, the low quality makes it more immediate and authentic.

2 Responses to Power of horrible YouTube videos

  1. bgraef says:

    You are right……..kind of scary isnt it?

  2. kempton says:

    I actually don’t think it is scary. I see the YouTube videos as a new tool for people to tell their stories. Now, part of it is for us (the public) to learn to judge and decide on these videos for ourselves.

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