I am still more or less a virgin at YouTube. Okay, I have uploaded two clips so I could put them on this blog (there’s probably another, easier way but I have no idea). But for now the semantics remain vague. Although, I got this email the other day that shed a ray of light.
It was from a woman who had seen my tv story on film maker Anton Corbijn (director of Control) on YouTube. She had watched it on the Dutch News months ago, and didn’t understand at the time why NOS Journaal had aired this particular piece. (Neither did I, it was just a slow news period.)
But she had changed her mind after watching it again on YouTube. Somebody had taken the trouble to add English subtitles. Several people had rated and commented on the piece, and more importantly started this dialogue on Corbijn and his work.
In other words, my little video had come to life on another platform. There were credits at the beginning and at the end, so what was there to complain? Nothing. Actually, it was a bit flattering, I guess. Somebody decided to share my little something in the extended public domain that YouTube has become.
So, does YouTube give our journalistic work renewed depth? Or is it just a cheap rip-off? Let me know.
I’m cool with it, that’s for sure. It saved me some time uploading, so you can watch it here. Thank you, whoever did this.