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April 9, 2012 7:52 AM   Subscribe


 
Book trailers? Do people really care about YouTube categories?
posted by Ideefixe at 7:53 AM on April 9, 2012


You will note that while Google has made serious, extremely well-organized attempts to purchase and control all out-of-print literature and create a massive online digital library, they have not bothered to create a "literature" category for YouTube, revealing once again that they would be terrible shepherds for the human inheritance of written knowledge.

This is fantastic satire!

...right?
posted by Tomorrowful at 7:55 AM on April 9, 2012 [8 favorites]


Your definition of literature is wrong. QED.
posted by daniel_charms at 8:00 AM on April 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


You know, I really agree with the sentiment but that tongue-in-cheek/fist-in-the-air faux-manifesto tone of the whole thing is just incredibly obnoxious.
posted by griphus at 8:01 AM on April 9, 2012


Expecting YouTube to even be "shepherds for the human inheritence of written knowledge" in the first place was probably their first mistake.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:04 AM on April 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Good literature paralyzes your orgasm.

This person and I would not get along. I mean, I admit it's just a guess, but I'm pretty sure.
posted by Linda_Holmes at 8:05 AM on April 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Honestly the categories on YouTube are pretty bad. Here's my suggestion:


  • TV episodes split across five videos

  • The top half of someone's head staring at a point five inches below the webcam lens

  • Still images of album covers

  • People opening boxes of stuff they bought

  • Pets & Animals


  • posted by theodolite at 8:09 AM on April 9, 2012 [25 favorites]


    We must change the DNA of the internet and begin the mutation process if we are going to help the internet grow that most unnatural but precious of vestigial appendages: a soul.

    When you put it that way, I think I'll just stick to the cat videos.
    posted by naju at 8:10 AM on April 9, 2012


    I was surprised the author didn't describe anything as "transplendent."
    posted by Bromius at 8:24 AM on April 9, 2012


    How about simply a fight to get Google to de-Google-fy YouTube altogether.
    posted by Thorzdad at 8:59 AM on April 9, 2012


    I was surprised the author didn't describe anything as "transplendent."

    Somehow I hear Truman Capote's nasal whine saying "there's nothing as transplendent as a paralyzed orgasm."

    And now you are, too.
    posted by mhoye at 9:10 AM on April 9, 2012


    Somehow I hear Truman Capote's nasal whine saying "there's nothing as transplendent as a paralyzed orgasm."

    I hear Dolph Lundgren barking this just before he kicks a villain in the neck.
    posted by Sticherbeast at 9:15 AM on April 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


    You know those Youtube videos that are just recordings of someone playing a record while the song plays? I think the literature category should be recordings of someone putting the camera in front of a book and then slowly, slowly, turning the pages.
    posted by penduluum at 9:20 AM on April 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


    you know what, fuck it, more power to them

    i am forever excited at the internet's capacity to confuse the living shit out of me with bold new ways of being people
    posted by beefetish at 12:07 PM on April 9, 2012


    Miracle Jones, the lit-vid crusader in question (previously, previously) has, in the meantime, begun a curation of the type of videos one might find in a YouTube Literature category, were one to ever exist, over on the Reddits.

    (Full disclosure: Mr. Jones is a pal of mine and has appeared on my radio show several times. He is a swell fellow.)
    posted by slappy_pinchbottom at 12:12 PM on April 9, 2012


    Youtube, the slushpile to end all slushpiles.
    posted by Twang at 1:21 PM on April 9, 2012


    It was the best of cats. It was the worst of cats.

    whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous cats

    All happy cats are alike; every unhappy cat is unhappy in its own way.

    A screaming nyancat comes across the sky.

    I guess I really do have nothing.
    posted by whir at 3:36 PM on April 9, 2012


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