This week our favorite review was by Pecctoralmpius who highlighted all the reasons why video content helps us challenge media, by allowing us to create and share our own, as he titled it Freedom of Choice and the Democratization of Propaganda.
Chocolate Rain is a great example of the second pillar of YouTube, the democratization of propaganda. It is no longer just governments and the power elite that have the opportunity to mold and shape public opinion through an appeal to their minds and their emotions. Cinema has long proved effective at conveying a message and evoking an emotional response. YouTube gives that opportunity to everyone. Got something to say? Know how to say it in a way that will touch hearts and minds? Upload away and send a link to all your friends. Who knows how far it will reach?
YouTube is a natural extension of the web itself. It simply shares information in video form. Now it just needs to move from vanilla video to "hypervideo", where videos are linked from within other videos, just as hypertext (HTML) links text-to-text.
You may ask why YouTube doesn't get a +5. Well, the reason is that YouTube lacks the ability to have meaningful dialog surrounding the videos on the site. The comment functionality is too banal and any thoughtful interaction gets lost and buried in a sea of idiocy. But that is where Lunch.com comes in. The next time you seen an interesting video on YouTube, simply click the LunchThis button and write a review!
Pecctoralmpius, We LunchThis, "Like It" and every thing in between, minus pickles. Eww.
Valuable Twitter Users
A few weeks ago we asked our members to share with us, the one person they would follow if they could only follow one individual for the next 30 days. We had a great variety of responses and recently, Lyssachattr shared with the Lunch social media community, her list of 22 influencers she follows and could not do her job without…
#1 J.R. Johnson (JRLunch)
ok, well he's my boss… so he's kinda gotta top the list, right? ; ) seriously though, J.R. holds a WEALTH of knowledge when it comes to UGC, and his passion for building Lunch is both inspirational and contagious. plus, it's fun to watch his OCD quirks play out each week = )
#2 Michael Arrington (arrington)
what can I really say, he's Arrington, right? can't really function without getting his take on the events of the day in the tech space. note to self: upon meeting in person, refrain from a handshake!
#3 Jeremiah Owyang (jowyang)
super super smart guy, eh? i'm partial to how analysts think, so I enjoy his tweets. love his analysis and excited to see what he does in his new role. steady stream of tweets that get me thinking and keep me informed.
#4 Caroline McCarthy (caro)
among the women in tech that I follow, I probably RT @caro the most! her tweets are the perfect mix of news, tech insider humor, and cool girl-wit.
#5 Sarah Lacy (sarahcuda)
c'mon, she's the sarahcuda. must-follow, period.
#6 paulcarr just bleeping hilarious!!!! i've always had a soft spot for profanity, and paul fills my daily quota with an added dose of brit wit and equally off putting yet engaging charm (kidding paul ; )
#7 Karen Hartline (khartline)
I'm sort of convinced she has a clone or two, b/c who can be in so many places at once? karen is one of the most in-the-loop tweeps in our space, and I'm sure to know the latest social media happs by following her. she also happens to be a karaoke vixen, which is always a lovable trait.
#8 Charlene Li (charleneli)
a think tank in and of herself. insightful and in the know.
#9 Tara missrogue Hunt (missrogue)
gotta admit, part of why I dig tara so much is that she totally gets what Lunch is all about : ) added to that, she's super smart, and on a killer speaking circuit – which means a steady stream of topical, timely and interesting tweets. if you want to be looking forward to this industry's evolution, follow tara!
#10 Robert Scoble (Scobleizer) an icon, and full of more uber-techy info than I can hope to process on a daily basis. another must-follow though.
#11 Jason Calacanis (Jason)
another staple of the scene. heavy tweeter – be prepared for a steady stream of updates!
#12 SF New Tech (sfnewtech)
one of the highest quality event series going in the bay area, and put on by one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. awesome mix of start ups to track each month, and great commentary tweets surrounding the events.
#13 Veronica Belmont (Veronica)
super in the mix, and girl geek extraordinaire!
#14 Harry McCracken (harrymccracken)
great news source. heavy techie.
great way to stay connected to what many of the advocates in the space are discussing.
#16 Sarah Perez (sarahintampa)
smart, funny, and interesting – sarah always brings her own take to stories, and I really enjoy her pieces.
#17 drew olanoff (drew)
I #blamedrewscancer for how iconic he's become, and for the reliable "stop. showertime." daily tweets = )
#18 Sean Percival (seanpercival)
fun to follow – somehow always tweeting breaking news it seems … you know, need-to-knows, like when the sonic boom's going to hit : )
#19 Stowe Boyd (stoweboyd)
prolific blogger and social tech speaker/tracker – if he's tweeting about something, it should be on your radar.
a sharp pundit with strong opinions – gives me my dose of super techy tweets
#21 SXSW (sxsw)
steadily stalking, with fingers crossed for our SXSWi panel submissions!!!
#22 Francisco Dao (TheMan) Can't really track the L.A. tech scene without watching this guy, and Twiistup remains one of L.A. tech's most well attended and anticipated events.
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