The New Way to Fame: NPR’s take on YouTube…

According to NPR’s review of the Decade, YouTube had a significant impact on how fame is generated and has since its inception in 2005.  Cats are our musicians, whereas dogs star in our most beloved videos on sports and acrobatics.  YouTube has shortened our attention spans perhaps – why watch a whole movie when you can get the highlights in less than a minute?

Share your favorite YouTube vids if you like…  The first post is found under the google search of “coolest music video ever”.



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18 responses to “The New Way to Fame: NPR’s take on YouTube…

  1. Sorry the video described above has been put on the disable embedding list. Here is a link, however:

  2. A favorite Leo Kotke video of mine. As the first commenter says – “Leo Kotke is like Garrison Keillor on acid.” Indeed!

  3. Randy Olson is one of my recently found heros. He was trained in evolutionary biology at Harvard and was on the faculty of the University of New Hampshire (I’m pretty sure) when he went through a major crisis in his life. He responded to the crisis by entering film school at the University of Southern California. In a classic “fish out of water” story, Dr. Olson tells of his experiences in making the transition from scientist to film maker in his book Don’t Be Such A Scientist. A link to a review – .

    Olson’s first documentary, or as he calls them “mockumentary”, was on the teaching of evolution debate in Kansas a few years back. I own that video. I heard him speak at WSU when he was making the rounds selling the film.

    Randy’s second Film “Sizzle” which is on global warming is not yet available to the public – last I checked. Here is a trailor for the film:

  4. Olson says films have to show you the story and not just tell you the story. I have always been disappointed when movies of books stray so far from the original. But, they are two completely different forms of expression and can’t be the same. Olson’s book helped me understand that.

  5. One of my favorite stories in the Don’t Be Such A Scientist book is when Randy is making a PSA commerical with Jack Black. Randy, being the studious guy that he is, sends Black a 15 page email outlining where he should provide jokes for the commerical and he asks Black if he thought he could act like a music conductor.

    Black replies with “I don’t know about jokes, but I can conduct like a mofo!”

    One can just hear Jack Black saying that.

  6. tosmarttobegop

    They took the video down for TOS but it was Rush Limbaugh at CPAC with this as the back ground music.

    When ever I needed a good laugh I would watch it. Rush bobbing around and it seemed so fitting to jump around!

  7. lilacluvr

    I remember growing up in the 50’s and 60’s and the very thought of being on television was a big deal. My mother took us kids to the local children’s television show one day. Remember those shows? Well, my brother was picked to do the game that day and came home with a prize.

    I remember the excitement prior to leaving the house – we all got dressed in our Sunday best (do people even call it that anymore when they dress up?). We all got our hair combed just right and our shoes had to be polished.

    When we arrived at the studio, I remember all the hustle and bustle of the camera crew and we were all amazed at how big the studio was. To us, this was the big time and pretty soon we would be on television for all our family and friends to watch.

    But it seems in today’s culture of the YouTube – anyone can be a star and at any time of the day. One does not need to dress up in their Sunday best. Some of them look like they have not used a comb in their hair for years. And for their polished shoes – some don’t even wear shoes!

    I wonder – with all our technology advances – the basic fact still remains – people love to be on television.

    It seems the difference is perhaps the standards have been relaxed – there is no longer a dress code or a behavior standard. One can be as outrageous as they want and these are the ones that seem to be the biggest hit on YouTube.

    Is this progress or is it just a reflection of today’s society and culture?

  8. A favorite John Prine tune:

    In this video, he looks much like when I saw him at the Orpheum a year or two ago. The man is great!

  9. Jimmy Buffett concerts are the best, and I have seen some good ones.

  10. May you rest in peace, Steve Goodman:

  11. A Reverend Gary Davis cover that got me interested in the music I admire the most:

    Will look for some Gary Davis originals to add, before I quit tonight…

  12. One more, and then time for bed. From Lightin’ Hopkins: