Fireside Fridays #7: YouTubers, law and the ability to think

This Friday, read about how your natural default setting is like, and how YouTube personalities might not be the most honest of them all

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We missed Fireside Friday last week, but fret not, because we’re back with this week’s episode of good recommendations!

Blurred Lines: Are YouTubers Breaking The Law? / Eurogamer
While doing and editing work-in-progress videos on my side, I find time to look up on basic copyright laws while stumbling across gems like this. I still think that the YouTube “video journalism/Let’s Play/editorial rockstar culture” is akin to the Wild West; there are no solid legal ground rules to keep social media promotion, sponsorships and unmarked advertorials in check.

At the very least, this piece did open up my eyes at the number of sources who wished to remain anonymous, either from the publishing or video-making side. It also focussed on the EA Ronku fiasco, where the programme offered YouTube personalities money to promote a game and not talk bad things about it. A good read if you’re curious about how media corruption has taken on a different form, regardless of whether the perpetrator knows that it’s wrong or not.

“YouTube has rapidly moved from a breeding ground for talented young broadcasters who might never have had the chance to step in front of camera to a slick, commercial vehicle. The most prominent YouTubers are not only presenters, they are also powerful businessmen. The responsibility that comes with this power is simply to be truthful, lawful and open with their audience.”

- Jonathan Toyad, Games Editor

What is water? / YouTube
An excerpt of David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College was made into a separate video. In the video, Wallace began:

“”There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says ‘Morning, boys. How’s the water?’ And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes ‘What the hell is water?’.”

We’ve all been there, one time or another. It’s 7 PM. You knock off. It’s crowded. You’re perspiring. Takeaway is taking forever. You get back into your preferred mode of transport. Traffic is terrible. It’s noisy. You’re perspiring again.

I hate it. I abhor the thought that something like “day in day out” should be thought of as “normal”. Why can’t there be a better queue system? Why can’t people drive past an accident site without stopping to collect potential lottery numbers? Why can’t people be more considerate and stop yakking on their phones for a minute? But that’s my “natural default setting”. It’s easy to think that way. The hard, yet right thing to do here is to transcend this setting.

After all, we are but fishes in water.

- Elaine Huang, Correspondent (Southeast Asia)

Other Reads:

How to run a Google+ Hangouts series / The Next Web
The Next Leap: 5 body parts wearable makers might be neglecting / e27
The Rise of Holy Shit Money in Southeast Asia / Justin Hall
Quit Twitter before you’re hard, quit Instagram before you’re soft / Polygon
Is Guangzhou China’s next startup hub? / e27
A Gentlemen’s Guide To Rape Culture / Zaron Burnett III

Featured Image Credit:  Pakhnyushcha / Shutterstock

Elaine Huang

Elaine is a fervent believer that if there ever is a zombie apocalypse, we will all be snapping away at them with our phones and posting them onto Instagram. A Mass Communication graduate of Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Film and Media Studies, she enjoys writing about technology and entrepreneurs. When not hashtagging her way through all sorts of trouble, Elaine is probably contemplating how to write in the third person.

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