Cringely on YouTube

Robert Cringely writes: “Google’s purchase of YouTube is a bet on the value of social networking, not the promise of a video as a TV replacement.”

The whole television viewer experience has always been based on two factors: immediacy and production values. TV brought us live events we could share as a nation. YouTube can’t do that. TV brought us production values beyond what we could afford as individuals. YouTube doesn’t do that unless it is by ripping off copyrighted content.

YouTube is the factory outlet of commercial television, at least for now.

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