A Googleopoly; or, Viva YouTube!

Google’s buyout of YouTube may or may not be troubling; it’s still too early to tell. I’m always suspicious of huge companies gobbling up other huge companies (even if gobbled-up companies like YouTube don’t make any money), so in one sense I look at this acquisition as an unhealthy diversity-squashing move.

In another sense, though, viva YouTube! They continue to be an amazing democratizing force in our culture, springing up from out of nowhere to take over the business of online video-sharing in just eighteen months.

Check out this long — but compelling and terrifying — account of police abuse in Zimbabwe. To those who think this video-sharing is kids’ stuff, or only for rich Westerners, think again: if we push to use it right, it will be one of the most powerful vehicles for free expression on the planet. Just keep your eye on this monopoly business.

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  1. Hey guys,
    I have an iMac G5 running tiger 10.4.7 and I an having a wierd problem. Whenever I go to a site that has an embedded youtube, flash or some kind of video, there is no sound. If it a quicktime file there is no problem. There is not sound no matter what broswer I use, firefox, camino, safari, or shiira. And keep in mind that about a week ago I was not having this issue.

    Help Would be awesome

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