Soundcheck Smackdown - YouTube: Mesmerizing or mediocre?

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The video-sharing website YouTube has had a huge impact in today’s culture for its commercial, political and even trivia uses. Some say it is democratic, fun and artistic. Others argue it is ruining video-production with low standards and mediocre stuff. Here to debate the issue is Rik Cordero, film director whose credits include videos for videos for Jay-Z, Nas, The Roots, Q-Tip and John Legend; and Chris Albrecht, co-editor of

Tell us: What do you think of YouTube? Mesmerizing or mediocre?