YouTube: More than just mindless videos!

By Amanda C Starling on January 1, 2013

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It’s easy to spend hours watching countless funny videos on YouTube, most of us have and still do. The likes of Charlie Bit Me, I’m Gonna Kick His Ask, and Baby Panda Sneezing can provide belly aching laughs while being replayed over and over again! While it’s fun to entertain ourselves with “mindless videos” on YouTube, there are many mindful uses for the website as well.

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Since you can find just about any video on YouTube, it can be a huge help for students and even Uloop writers. As a film minor, I’ve relied on YouTube for movie clips. As an entertainment writer, I’ve referred back to TV Shows several times via YouTube in order to either recount events from popular shows or directly quote a TV personality’s witty comments. Last semester my instructor had to rely on YouTube after checking out a video that he planned to show during our last class. After he drove across town from the library to Eckerd, he realized that the checkout clerk forgot to unlock the DVD case. YouTube saved the night as the entire 90 minute movie was readily available.

YouTube can also be used much like Google is used for instructional purposes. Anything from do it yourself household projects to rooting an electronic device, others with expertise in just about everything you can imagine have taken it upon themselves to film a tutorial and post it. If you’re ever in need of instruction for a simple or even more complicated task, you’ll probably find it on YouTube.

So next time you’re passing the minutes (or hours) by browsing videos, think of that pesky little task that you’ve been trying to figure out the best way of tackling such as organizing your closet or planting a garden. Both of these searches brought endless results.


Amanda Starling is a Creative Writing Major / Film Minor in the PEL Program at Eckerd College. When not working or studying, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.

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