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Attack of the Reply Girls!

Friday, March 09, 2012

A new crop of cleavage-baring ladies on YouTube known as "reply girls" have been manipulating the video sharing site's related video function in order to cash in on some advertising revenue. Bob speaks to Daily Dot writer Fruzsina Eordogh about the "reply girl" phenomenon and why they are making YouTube users so angry.


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The Takeaway

The Controversy Around Facebook Parenting

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tommy Jordan, an ordinary dad from North Carolina, launched himself into internet fame when he uploaded an eight-minute YouTube video in response to a whiny letter his daughter posted on Facebook. Viewed 28 million times, Tommy's video outlines his anger with his daughter's online complaints about household chores, and as a finale, he shoots eight rounds at her laptop. The divisive video sparked much controversy across the country around parenting and social media.

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The Takeaway

A Lesson on Making Better Home Movies

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

With an increasingly sophisticated crop of small, inexpensive digital cameras — in addition to those built into the tops of computer monitors and cell phones — more people are making movies than ever before. Equally significant, these little vignettes are reaching a greater audience than ever before. But not everyone's filmmaking skills have caught up.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Seabrook on YouTube

Friday, February 03, 2012

John Seabrook talks about YouTube and the other new professionally produced channels that it plans to roll out over the next six months. It is part of a larger strategy, designed by YouTube’s Robert Kyncl and Salar Kamangar, to increase the amount of time people spend on the site. His article “Streaming Dreams: YouTube Turns Pro” appeared in the January 16 issue of The New Yorker.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Online Piracy Bill Threatens Innovation, Web Freedom

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hidden behind the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)'s relatively benign name are rules that go far and beyond past what a copyright holder needs to stop file sharing of the material they own.

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The Takeaway

Sebastian Junger on Video of Taliban Desecration

Friday, January 13, 2012

On Thursday a video showing four U.S. Marines purportedly urinating on the corpses of three dead Taliban fighters went viral on the internet. Defense secretary Leon Panetta called the behavior “utterly deplorable” and Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai decried the video as “completely inhumane.” The video comes at a tense time, as the U.S. tries to foster peace talks between the Taliban and Karzai's government.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

John Seabrook on the future of video and television

Monday, January 09, 2012

John Seabrook on the future of video and television.


The Takeaway

Anti-Extremist Pop Song Goes Viral in Pakistan

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

A satirical music video by the pop rock band Beygairat Brigade which openly mocks the military, nationalist politicians, and religious conservatism in Pakistan has become an internet sensation with more than 400,000 views in a few short weeks. “Aalu Anday,” which means “Potatoes and Eggs,” encourages open thought and a repeal of the country's anti-blasphemy laws. 

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Fans Get Another Week to Watch John Lennon-Yoko Ono Film

Monday, August 15, 2011

"Bed Peace" is a 70-minute documentary about bed-ins for peace Lennon and Ono held in 1969 in Amsterdam and Montreal. Check out the documentary here.


The Takeaway

Verifying the Videos of an Uprising

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

For several weeks we’ve watched as videos have trickled out of Syria onto YouTube and other websites. The Syrian activists who take the video say they are images of protests that turned violent at the hands of the Syrian government.



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John Leguizamo as a Hyper, Frenetic 'Ghetto Klown'

Friday, April 01, 2011

In his latest one-man show, "Ghetto Klown," John Leguizamo leads the audience down a video-laced rabbit hole of his life and career. The show is part of an extended run at the Lyceum Theater through July 10.


The Takeaway

YouTube Video Mocks Gadhafi

Monday, February 28, 2011

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, who appears to be on his way out, is getting his share of satirical punches on the viral video circuit. A video mocking Gadhafi has gone viral, getting over 650,000 hits on YouTube, and has been met with postive reviews from the Arab community, especially in Libya. Here's the twist — the video was made by a Jewish Israeli, Noy Alooshe, a journalist, musician and internet buff.

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A Classical Trove on YouTube

Friday, January 28, 2011

Ok, I admit it. One of my guilty pleasures is getting lost on YouTube. While I hear most of America zeros in on cats doing funny things or the latest teenager doing something stupid, I find myself drawn to old TV shows. How could you not watch Salvador Dali on What's My Line? These clips give us a window into a different time and culture and there’s plenty about classical music to watch.

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WQXR Features

New Yorkers Vie for YouTube Symphony

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Among the 300 finalists for this year's YouTube Symphony Orchestra are a handful of New Yorkers. Here are three who are vying for a shot at the orchestra, which will rehearse and perform at the Sydney Opera House in March 2011. The event will be streamed live on YouTube.


WQXR Features

Audition Politics Confront YouTube Orchestra

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

As organizers of the YouTube Symphony prepare for its second edition at the Sydney Opera House in March 2011, new questions are raised about the orchestra's American-Idol-type voting process.

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The Takeaway

Surprisingly Sackable Offenses

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Constitution guarantees Americans freedom of speech, religion and association ... but there's no guarantee that your employer won't fire you for exercising some of these entirely legal rights. That's what Best Buy employee Brian Maupin discovered, after he was fired for posting a YouTube video making fun of Apple fans' slavish devotion to the iPhone. Employees of businesses around the country get fired every day for lesser (and in some cases, unusual) offenses.  We asked Takeaway listeners for what counted as firing offenses in their workplace, and got a wide range of responses.

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The Takeaway

Videos of Radical Cleric Removed From YouTube

Thursday, November 04, 2010

YouTube has removed a number of videos from its site featuring Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical cleric credited with recruiting extremists to commit acts of violence against the West. Awlaki, who is an American citizen born in New Mexico, is based out of Yemen and affiliated with Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. YouTube acted after American and British officials pressed for the videos to be removed.



Guggenheim and YouTube Unveil 'Biennial of Creative Video'

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Guggenheim Museum and YouTube will screen 20 videos which won an online "Biennial of Creative Video" contest. The museum will project the videos onto its facade Thursday and Friday night from sundown until 10:30 P.M.

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WQXR Features

YouTube Launches Second Orchestral Project

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Google is once again bringing its mighty influence to the performing arts, announcing the return of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday. Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct.

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Music in the clouds

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A musical battle royale is brewing...

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