YouTube is starting to get me.
Wonderful Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear Tiny Desk Concert including the hit “Silent Movies.”
There are signs that the endearing video of a cat rescuing a small boy from the attack of a neighbor’s dog is created by a marketing firm. Apparently the video is too good to be true, in narrative structure, production value, and so on. That is what German journalist Gabriele Hooffacker claims to have found out. Accorning to Hooffacker’s plausible argument, the video was the set-up for the youtube channel – so that an energy company could promote fracking.
Which, in a way, would make sense: The dog acts so crazy, he might have taken a sip from that inflammable tab water.
The New York Times reports that YouTube will block (and also delete?) videos from independent record labels who haven’t agreed to Google’s new licensing terms.
For German users YouTube as a music video host has been fubar for quite some time, now the ridiculousness goes global, apparently. It’s an obvious move to strong-arm small labels into agreeing to deals that, according to the indies, are worse than the deals the big 3 music corporations get.
Also, this show how problematic it is that so much of our revolutionary new media life is based on a few corporations. Their bottom line, after all, is the bottom line, not culture. When Google (or Apple. Or Amazon) flexes its muscle like this, the media future looks pretty bleak.
Game of Thrones spoiler, so proceed with caution if you care about spoilers and haven’t seen the last episode – but this video made me laugh out loud.