We live in an age where the smart phone is king. Gone are the days of “Damn, I wish I had my camera!” and “You should have seen it!” We are living amongst our memories in digital form. Historical events have stepped out from the history books and into the mind’s eye of the present. We can literally see the events unfold thanks to online video platforms.
YouTube is 18 years old this year. It’s humble beginnings began with three former PayPal employees who sold the site to Google for an eye-popping $1.6 billion. YouTube allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to favourites, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users.
It offers a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media videos. Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos, short and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers, live streams, and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos.
Most of the content on YouTube is uploaded by individuals, but media corporations including CBS, the BBC, Vevo, and Hulu offer some of their material via YouTube as part of the YouTube partnership program. Unregistered users can only watch videos on the site, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos and add comments to videos. Videos deemed potentially inappropriate are available only to registered users affirming themselves to be at least 18 years old.
Some of those videos are the most shocking thing available outside of the dark web. Good shocks, Bad shocks, Funny shocks, Shock Shocks. YouTube has it all. To celebrate its 18th year we take a look at the Good, the Bad and the Shockly…