How Google Buying YouTube Affects Consumers

A nervous reader asks:

I”m still waiting for the consumerist take on the youtoogle deal. what does it mean for ME the consumer? Will this encourage amateur video production in sweatshops across asia?

Yes.

Expect to see a new industry crop up, much in the vein of Chinese sweatshops that go around questing in WarCraft and having Second Life cybersex for their lazy American masters.

In this case, the workers will toil to shoot hundreds of hours of cellphone footage and amateur looking video of people pretending to be your friend.

They will race in shopping carts, try on dresses, and sing popular hiphop tracks in their underwear.

Then they upload the footage to your YouTube account. Voila!

Your own ready-made online representation of your “real world life,” without all that time-consuming interpersonal interaction.

No one will know the difference.

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  1. What I think is going to be interesting, is what kind of Google AdSense ads are going to pop up, based off of the content.

    Like Diddy’s take on urination. Maybe the related ads will be for Depends, or such.

  2. snazz says:

    love the picture…. love, love, love the picture!

  3. AcidReign says:

    …..When I had newly acquired my first car (1975 Ford Maverick), I loved to hook my shiney steel bumper into a shopping cart up in the Village East shopping center, punch it up to about 40 MPH in the store parking lot, then lock up the brakes. The cart would launch like a small aircraft, leapfrogging the curb, and would rocket down the hillside onto 4-lane Opporto Avenue like a Cadilac-seeking missile. It’s no small wonder that neither Eastwood Mall or Village East exist anymore…

  4. Yozzie says:

    I keep expecting them to rebrand it GooTube, though I imagine the makers of the Oozinator may have something to say about that.