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YouTube Genres

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Movies, or “films,” often take a lot of money, time, and talent to produce.  We live in a world now with YouTube, where people can record a video of themselves burning their hair off with a curling iron and it suddenly becomes a “hit” and goes viral.  People can record or create almost anything and post it online now, creating the opportunity for many more “types” of videos to be accessible for viewers.

Instead of being able to choose from genres like “comedy” or “romance” or “action,” we now can watch how-to videos and “fail” videos; there are so many more types of videos people can watch now than there used to be.  That being said, maybe it’s not such a great thing (re: the girl burning her hair off with a curling iron).  Incidentally, that video started out as one of the “how-to” videos YouTube hosts, and I’m sure all of us have used one of them to learn how to do things (I learned how to tie a tie).

A lot of the genres listed on the shared Doc are actually becoming well-known ‘genres’ though.  For example, the “musicals” or “parodies” people create are popular sources of entertainment for tons and tons of people.  My freshman year of college, the people living in my hall were obsessed with doglover199709, a young girl who would record herself performing lip-sync versions of then-popular songs.  The results were hilarious and she was totally viral by that point.  If you’ve got a moment and want a laugh, please go check out one of her videos.

That was not, however, the video that I added to one of the categories.  I added the trailer for “Call + Response,” (which you can watch, like most things, on youtube).  It’s about global human trafficking, which Cold War Kids (a band) became interested in and created a documentary about, but the documentary is also a series of music videos by various artists who wanted to promote awareness of the issue as well.

I added it to “Musicians with a cause”

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