<videovortex> pirate cinema this sunday: consequences will never be the same

Rainer Hillrichs hillrichs at uni-mannheim.de
Sun Oct 30 22:22:08 CET 2016

Yeah, Michael, you have a solid point.

BTW pirate cinema: Google's acquisition of YouTube did not lead to a 'fall'
in any sense. YouTube was never the non-commercial community-oriented
venture that some people believe it was. It was founded as a commercial
enterprise that was meant to be financed by advertising. Only, there had to
be MANY users uploading and watching videos first. The founders achieved
the first goal - and handed the task of making YouTube profitable over to
Google. Read chapter 1.2 and the Coda of my book about YouTube on that
matter: http://hss.ulb.uni-bonn.de/2016/4407/4407.pdf


On Sun, Oct 30, 2016 at 8:41 PM, Dr. Strangelove <Michael at strangelove.com>

> Greetings,
> Am I the only one who finds this (below) to be a ridiculously overstated
> assertion? Have we not move past the dismissal of popular pleasures that
> infected early marxist, liberal, and conservative intellectual a century
> ago? The statement by pirate cinema berlin that "most of what YouTubers do
> is just a waste of time: the 'content' they produce is meaningless, useless
> and entirely harmless, and no-one is watching it anyway" could equally
> apply to the avant-guarde, art cinema, and, I suspect, to pirate cinema
> berlin.
> It is time to move past such simplistic dismissals of popular pleasures.
> Regards,
> Dr. Strangelove
> strangelove.com
> On 24/09/2016 2:12 AM, pirate cinema berlin wrote:
>> The sad figure of the couch potato has been
>> dislodged by an even sadder one: an office chair potato, in short: a
>> YouTuber.
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Dr. Rainer Hillrichs
Universität Mannheim
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