Mainstream media has evolved drastically since the internet has been graced with the presence of Youtube, a progressive video sharing network. Minor directors, film students, potential actors, and everyday people, have become instant sensations with the use of a webcam, practically no editing, and the capability of uploading their video. Some users would have referred to the website as the "key to their dreams"; expressing gratitude for the opportunity to present themselves to an audience of over 48.2 million others in hopes of gaining fame and recognition. It has altered media perception by granting talented individuals a chance to prove themselves and gain access to careers through the internet, rather than travel several hundred miles for a 50/50 shot in Hollywood.
Unregistered users are free to watch videos at their leisure but some content may contain offensive material, which means only registered users 18 and older may view those videos; an internet system similar to the way movies are rated at a theatre. Videos have been known to go viral overnight. The most recent being a music video by Rebecca Black, which has generated over one million dollars through clicks and advertisements in just under a week. It seems despite times of unemployment within our nation, Youtube thrives because people have more free time to dream and contribute to the site. This has raised questions of financial issues within times of economic crisis over the past few years.
Youtube has become a household name and revolutionized the way we communicate with the rest of the world. Information about upcoming movies or music can easily be found with the click of a mouse and the need for other entertainment websites has been all but eliminated. With such an advance within the technological world of the media, it's easy to understand why there are so many people who share their lives for acknowledgement through the network of videos. It's also easy to understand why there are so many who dislike the opportunities Youtube has given to the public.