Wednesday, October 6, 2010

YouTube Reader

Book corner:
Interesting read- "The YouTube Reader" by  PVonderau

                           Book Review: ‘The Youtube Reader’- by P.Snickars and P.Vonderau

As the fastest-growing website in the history of the Web, Youtube can be see as the figurehead in online-video and an inspiration for all sites to come. Any random visitor of Youtube surfing to the website and uploading the footage of his latest vacation to Italy, watching a video of a giggling baby or commenting on a CNN coverstory on the war in Iraq is unaware of the many characteristics this website holds. Therefore this platform has been the object of study in various fields of study ranging from a philosophical basis to a more technological.
Pelle Snickars and Patrick Vonderau recognised the many contradictions and metaphors within Youtube and composed a reader ‘that presupposes a broader theoretical framework and a critical distance vis-a-vis Youtube discourse itself’ and one that ‘would provide researchers, teachers and students with a programmatic selection of foundational texts, permitting them to mount an intervention’ (Snickars & Vonderau, 2009: p. 17

 http://www.kb.se/Dokument/Aktuellt/YouTube_Reader_Inledning.pdf (National Library of Sweden)

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