YouTube: How money killed community spirit

Hey guys, Ryan (TheRyanLamont) here with a topic that has slowly been spreading through the global YouTube community. The deterioration of the once blossoming and communicating YouTube community, into the world of money-hungry partnered content has been noted by many, but now someone has taken a stand and prompted many others to do so. The person I speak of is Andrew Bravener (AndrewBravener) and this YouTube revelation started with his video entitled “An Open Letter To YouTube”.

We’ve already had NZYT’ers join in this debate/conversation with video replys. These NZYT’ers include, Andrew (Strugsnotdrugs) and Rache (WizardNeedsFoodBadly).

I’ve watched quite a few of the video responses to Andrew Bravener’s video. But something no one has seemed to pick up on yet, is google adsense. The reason the community spirit died and YouTube dived into this money-hungry and fame-focused state is due to the introduction of YouTube partners, people who could gain money form advertising placed around their videos. Before the introduction of this the only motivation to be on YouTube was to have fun, express yourself, connect and communicate. But when the almighty corrupter of money came into the picture, the world of YouTube started to change. No longer did we see subscribers as friends, we saw them as numbers. Numbers which led towards an eventual profit.

Andrew Bravener seems to have reminded everyone of how youTube used to be. He’s reminded those that were there, and educated those that weren’t, and now we all have this image of communicatory awesomeness to head towards. All we need now is for this movement to pass through the community. More partners, with their huge audiences, need to make videos combating this issue. People need to be proactive and reactive. As Ghandi said “be the change you want to see in the world”.

I truly hope that Andrew’s video will bring about some sort of change, and that the community will stand up and support it.

Thanks for reading and watching guys!

Ryan Lamont


3 comments on “YouTube: How money killed community spirit

  1. I’m pretty excited to see what kind of ripple effect the Bravener movement will have. I can’t wait to get back home and start working upon a mutually beneficial approach to YouTube.

    Thanks for the video link!

  2. See I disagree here. I dont think it was partnership that killed this fabled community spirit. Im not saying it isnt dead, but more that the change of layout and stuff has more to do with it.
    IMO of course

  3. Kinda feel ‘late to the party’ on this one. But I have only just begun vlogging at the end of April, it has taken me all this time to find you guys. I stumbled upon rrichie1990 and he pointed me here.

    Its nice to have found the NZ contingent on YT. Perhaps the community is dead or perhaps the ‘Bravener movement’ will go someway to redirecting and enlivening it.

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