2.2: The End of the Amateur

December 18, 2012

As we probably could have guessed and The Verge is reporting, the top videos on YouTube are created by industry professionals. Homemade videos going viral is probably a thing of the past in the future.

This news is sad, honestly. While I like well-made videos as much as the next person, YouTube used to be a platform where people with next to no budget could compete with the big guys. That was something special and it saddens me to know that none of the top viral videos this year were created in a basement by a kid with an idea.

Some of my best memories of the web involve YouTube in its earlier days. I got way more enjoyment from Brookers than I ever will from Gangnam Style, and it’s bad for creativity now that the latter is the norm.

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