I have never found myself to be a person that regularly visits Youtube but I have found that when I do visit, my irritation increases exponentially. A basic search for a tv show clip or a video by one of my favorite bands is littered with junk from every joe schmoe around the internet. From a person posting a video of themselves sitting on their bed with an acoustic strumming out a god-awful cover tune, ruining every bit of enjoyment I had for the original tune, to the people who feel the need to post a video of themselves playing a video game. It is time for people to stand back and evaluate what they are doing:
Why did someone post this video? What motivated them to post themselves playing (all be it really poorly) a video game?
A simple search for The Shins – Caring Is Creepy turned this gem up. Why my friend? Why? Are you hoping that the Shins see this video and ask you to take James Mercer’s spot in the band?
If you have a genuine talent, by all means show people what you can do. But just because you are capable of playing someones song, or are able to play a video game doesn’t mean that the rest of the inter web needs to see it. Maybe Youtube should be categorized into a “crappy cover song” section, and “high score” section to filter out some of the garbage that people post. You Tube should change their motto to “Broadcast Yourself, but please use discretion”.