2010年10月6日 星期三

Unleash your pressure on YouTube!

In many years ago, there was one video, showing a mad man having an "interesting" conversation with a young folk.  Right after it was uploaded, this clip had received million of views, and a big fedback from Hong Kong' society.

1. How many viewers are estimated to have watched the youtube video?
In this video, there are more than one million viewers, almost 1/7 of the total Hong Kong population.

2. How would you rate the video?
Cinematic Technique
I would rate it 100 out of 100, if it is in terms of content, if only talk about the form/ cinematic technique, I think this clip is not good, may only got a 30 out of 100.  Why would I say that?  In terms of aesthetic, I don't agree that this clip has a high aesthetic value, the only one interesting composition that I can see is Bus Uncle is higher than the young guy, which shown he is "superior" than young guy.

pic1. A picture that shown the "superiority" of bus uncle
Apart from that, I afraid that there is no more aesthetic (formal) value.

However, I think it is normal, as a viewer, I am not expected to see some really great production (like Avatar) in youtube videos, the people who uploaded this clip may just is one amateur.  So I would say that the content is far more important than the form.



Social Value
And there is no doubt that the social value that this clip arose is more important.
For the social value, after this clip is uploaded.  There was a great reflect in Hong Kong's society, people started to talk about this clip, saying bus uncle famous catchy phrase "You got pressure, I got pressure", it should be only a trend and we will forget them in few months later, but in Hong Kong, there are more and more clips, which are similar to bus uncle's clip, all the people in Hong Kong, start to judging people by what he/ she did in the clip.
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"KONG" Girl Vs Foreigner
And here are the comments:



I think that YouTube has became a place for people to gossip, when other people uploaded a clip, because it is almost impossible to know the real name of the one who leave comment.  People will be free to talk about it, and this phenomenon has became increasingly visible.



3. Do You think it deserved the attention that it received from the internet community?
Yes of course.  It deserved the attention.  I will explain it with reason.

Moral Value
From this video, it arose the moral value of ordinary Hong Kong people, which most of us don't like people who is being too rude.  People started to say that bus uncle is wrong and he shouldn't talk loudly, and I think this clip has let people to have a moral judgement, which let them think what is right, what is wrong, and the things that they shouldn't do (such as being loud and impolite in the public place).

pic2. People appreciating what the kid have done

However, there are something for us to notice.

Side Effect: Cyber Bullying and Risk
There is still a risk of cyber bullying, since everyone can upload a video and let the subject being judged by everyone, and they are not a trained professional journalist, they don't really care/ know how does the subject feel like when he is being uploaded and judging.  Furthermore, there is a risk of people edit the video and upload it.  After uploading, they say that the video is representing the truth.

pic3. Everyone can be the judge, even me
4. Do video-sharing sites such as YouTube enhance or worsen creative culture? Comment.
According to Roman Marek (2009), there are two points I want to discuss

In his speech "Creativity Meets Circulation",
The first one is the division between Amateurs and Professionals has became not distinguish as before.  Some non-professional products is even more popular than the professional one.  I will see that as a thing that enhance creative culture.  As we know,  creative is not related to your equipment, you can have the creative under constraint, in long time ago, when the Dogma movement has not begun, people were caring talking about good camera, lighting, recorder...etc, some relatively poor countries cannot compete with these rich countries (such as USA).  And when the Dogma movement has begun, people start to think about creative under constraint, and after that, there are more and more filmmakers making films after this movement, this can apply into YouTube too, we can see there are many successful story in YouTube, such as guitar90, the hero who made the canon rock, and daneboe, the one who created the famous Annoying Orange Series, they all managed to make video without some really professional equipment.  People who have talent will  be encouraged by these cases and try to make a video.
Guitar90 guitar, 2005




daneboe Annoying Orange#1, 2009











And the second point is about the circulation of idea.  I think it is interesting for having the "evolution" process.  People doing remix, mash-up with the original material, and I think it is enhance the creativity, that because it is one of the first step to let people create something with their own hands, and one of the important thing of YouTube is, there is no such a limit or law to limit user's works, they can upload whatever they want (except some pornography and copyright violated items).  So no matter they want to do remix or start a trend, it is their own decisions, there is no such thing as limiting creative culture.


Think about aesthetic alternatively: Merging of YouTube and cinema?
After reading Roman Marek's article "Creativity Meets Circulation", he mentioned that "amateur's products and professional's products seem to have given up their traditional role patterns", "On one hand, professional products try to imitate the "amateur look and feel", in order the be perceived as organic and authentic".  This quote reminds me one movie called Cloverfield, which is a mimic of many YouTube videos such as bus uncle, the jump-cut, shaky shot, the producer of this film even also used YouTube as one of the platform  to show the other parts of movie, and make them look like some ordinary clips on the internet, and all they done has greatly strengthen the connection of the film with us.


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Matt Reeves Cloverfield,  2008
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Matt Reeves Cloverfield: Jamie and Teddie#1, 2008


9 則留言:

  1. Chu jai,
    It is very good to say that youtube is also a place to arouse the moral issues, it not just a place to share and comments.

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  2. Ya, Stanley. I m very agree with what you said. This clip is not only sharing fun to all of us, it also arouse some debates from the society about the attitude of Bus Uncle or whatever. By the way, I also enjoy to watch this video. I guess you love it also. You must replay it again and again, right?HAHA

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  3. Hey KA-KIT where is your answer of the fourth question? Thats all i want to say, thank you :D

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  4. Kit, you are right~these video-sharing sites enhance our creativity since there is no limitation on our creative acts.People can share videos freely on these websites and viewers can add their comments to these videos. Thus, these sharing sites can improve our creative culture.

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  5. It's true that the comments may create cyber-bullying, and this is one of the negative side of video-sharring sites. I like your example on illustrating how video-sharring sites encourage creative culture. Annoying Orange is really good reference to be shown as creative videos, making people laugh.haha..

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  6. ~Wanpy
    Especially when it also included video, can provide a better information than photo, don't you think so?

    ~Conroy
    I have watched for many times, people like to comment and give opinion when it is risk-free, and youtube has done that.

    ~Vivian
    haha I got it :D

    ~Kawaiwong
    Agree, there is not so many restriction as other platform (Cinema or major media), so there is a great variety of video.

    ~msmk
    Yes! I think that every stuff got its bad side, just the matter how we use it.

    and there is one interesting stuff we can see on youtube, people love to watch some junk video, which have totally no value. Do you feel that it will be a new trend?
    such as TROLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLO video......

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  7. I total agree that cyber bullying is very easy to happen in the internet.

    It reminds me that a tvb programme dicuss that hong kong people love to complain everything,So they will complain that your work are not good enough and it become the cyber bullying.

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  8. ~Bowie

    Agree!! Cyber bullying is too easy in the internet, just have a fake identity, start bullying, people may even make few fake accounts to pretend as victim's friends, and make everything looks real!
    Do you think that the law around the world is not fast enough to catch up the development of internet?

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  9. Kit,
    Fruitful information and special manner which help us easier to know your idea.

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