My post at BuzzFeed.
Writing on the Atlantic, Alexis Madrigal walks us through his playful reflections on YouTube, specifically it’s value as a How-To guide for just about anything.
After his hot water heater stopped working, Madrigal’s savior came in the form of a YouTuber. MrOzcar82, who posted a video teaching us how to reignite a heater’s pilot light, instructs Madrigal (and everyone else) in a straightforward, unedited, amateur post. Madrigal calls this video and the many others like it a “mundane wonder” of the internet, where people share there knowledge just to be helpful.
For the first time ever, YouTube will offer a live video stream of the U.S. presidential and vice presidential debates this year. To do this, YouTube has partnered with ABC News, and the debates will stream on ABC News’ YouTube channel and YouTube’s Election Hub. The four debates, which will start on October 3 at 9pm ET, will be available for YouTube viewers around the world.
This is awesome news. But this is only one necessary step out of dozens. For the debates to be worthy of Web culture, for them not to be miserable talking point GIFs, we also need:
1) More challenging formats (a moderator in addition to a panel of academics and cultural leaders).
2) Aggressive moderators who are relentless with follow up questions.
3) Candidates must be forced to address one another and ask each other questions.
4) A Youth Town Hall Debate. The audience is young. The topics have to do with young people. Unorthodox questions.
5) A BuzzFeed/Twitter sponsored debate where only the top voted questions are asked.
6) More inclusive rules for 3rd party candidates.