Are you a YouTuber?
I did a piece on YouTube for Today/CNA, Singapore. Here's the into:
EXIT Video Nights in Kathmandu. Enter Video Nights with YouTube.
In his book Video Nights in Kathmandu and Other Reports from the Not-So-Far-East, author Pico Iyer set out to explore the impact of American culture in Asia.
He travelled through Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Tibet, Nepal and elsewhere in Asia, and recorded how these societies were making American films, music, food and fashion — among many other things — their own.
That was in 1988.
Fast forward to 2006. Much has changed, especially after YouTube.com came into existence. It was launched last year to host short videos posted by the public.
In a short period of time, YouTube has spawned millions of online gawkers, fondly referred to as YouTubers.
Unlike Mr Iyer, these "armchair tourists" do not have to leave their rooms to meet new people and explore new cultures.
YouTube has started a new online video culture. The Guardian recently named it one of the 15 websites that has changed the world. And its success is evident in the numbers — more than 100 million clips are viewed every day.