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YouTube Wants to Hear Your Complaints, So It Can Parody Them

YouTube attracts a billion people a month. And that means that it also generates a lot of complaints, too — some of them from people who put videos on YouTube.

The world’s biggest video site is making some moves to appease its partners. But it’s also self-aware enough to know that this will only go so far.

Hence this video, starring lots of YouTube talent, which the company debuted Thursday night at VidCon, a YouTube industry conference/fan convention.

It comes from the folks at Barely Political, the production group owned by Next New Networks, the video startup YouTube bought a couple years ago. And it went over very well in the room:

Thanks to Storyful’s David Clinch for flagging this one for me.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work