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Videocracy

How YouTube Is Changing the World... with Double Rainbows, Singing Foxes, and Other Trends We...

Kevin Allocca

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Bloomsbury
01 February 2018
From YouTube's head of culture and trends, an intriguing examination of internet video - the world's largest collection of cultural data - and what it reveals about us.

Think about it- for the first time in the history of storytelling, human beings have the ability to freely disseminate, with absurd ease, their ideas and passions to the majority of the world. YouTube is the first centralized example of nearly uninhibited creative expression and distribution since the beginning of recorded communication. It is the largest collection of cultural data - of taste, of creativity, of emotion--in the history of our species. More than 400 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. And the videos we share have had a huge impact on the world.

Viral videos of politicians have changed the course of elections. Clips from Iran, Egypt, Tunisia, Myanmar, and the Ukraine have inspired outpourings of aid and support from both local and international communities. Footage of the tragic deaths of black men fueled an entire social movement that put a spotlight on relations between the black community and law enforcement. And it 's not just the serious videos that have an impact.

The massive popularity of oddly satisfying videos indicates our desire for order in an otherwise chaotic world. Videos that highlight the features in elevators are very soothing for people on the autism spectrum. Children love unboxing videos almost as much as they enjoy opening new toys themselves. These videos tell us about ourselves, and they're all on YouTube. As Allocca says, if aliens wanted to understand our planet, he'd give them Google, but if they wanted to understand us, he'd give them YouTube.

This book is about a new era of creativity, in which the small ways we react and interact every day have unprecedented power to affect the world. It 's about art that we'd never call art. It's about creativity that often doesn 't seem creative. But what we watch, as a society, deeply matters, and these videos can tell us everything we need to know about the evolution of modern communication and our cultural landscape.
By:   Kevin Allocca
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
Weight:   390g
ISBN:   9781408880272
ISBN 10:   140888027X
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 February 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kevin Allocca is Head of Culture and Trends at YouTube, where he has spent more than seven years tracking and explaining trending phenomena. He is one of the world's leading experts on viral video. Allocca has given conference keynotes around the world on web video culture, including a TED Talk that has been viewed more than two million times. He's also obsessed over more videos than every teenager and serial workplace procrastinator you've ever met. He lives in New York City. @shockallocca

Reviews for Videocracy: How YouTube Is Changing the World... with Double Rainbows, Singing Foxes, and Other Trends We Can't Stop Watching

Refreshingly, the author offers more than just a history of YouTube; he takes on the role of anthropologist as he riffs on the current state of popular culture and content consumption. With traditional cultural gatekeepers increasingly strained to maintain relevance and more individuals empowered to create and distribute their own content, YouTube will only grow as a major cultural force . . . [An] insightful look into the inner workings of YouTube and its wide-ranging influence. * Kirkus Reviews * A fascinating and illuminating book. Essential reading for everyone who wants to understand the surprising power and reach of internet video. -- Jonah Berger, New York Times bestselling author of CONTAGIOUS and INVISIBLE INFLUENCE If video is the future of communication and entertainment, this book is a road map to the future. Inside are clues to creating better ads, music, comedy, education, and yes, cat videos. -- Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE and ORIGINALS and co-author of OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg Offering an insightful and nostalgic backstage tour, Kevin Allocca reveals how YouTube tells our collective story. YouTube is not just an entertainment medium; it is a platform for the curation of what matters to us all. Kevin shows how the active participation of YouTube's audience has changed all of the rules of the traditional media paradigm. -- Jeffrey Katzenberg


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