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ENC 1101: Writing Academic Arguments

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Prompt #15
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kayleythomas wrote in uf_enc1101
The readings for Wednesday offer views of how YouTube and the Internet provide the opportunity for anyone to be a star - or an anti-star. Find a video on YouTube - one that you're already familiar with or something new - that has gained the creator attention (ie. lots of views and comments). What does the video contain? What is its purpose? How does the creator describe the video in the information? What are the responses like? Does the creator respond to the responses and how so?

The video can have to do with anything - from World of Warcraft freakouts to pranks or political manifestos - surf around and see what you find. I'll most likely choose some from your responses to view and discuss in class.
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The YouTube video I chose was "Funny Pranks" by funnyd00ds. This video has nearly one and a half million views already. It also has over two thousand comments. The video contains two normal guys performing the same prank over and over again. The prank is the invisible rope prank. In this prank, one person stands on either side of the street and pretends like they are holding a rope that extends across the street. When a car approaches, the person driving does not know what to do. Should the driver stop because there is supposedly a rope there in the way or should the driver continue through? It is funny to see how people react to the situation. The purpose of this video is definitely to entertain the audience by performing a harmless prank. In the information box, the creator describes the video as an "EXTREMELY FUNNY Prank" and says it is the first version produced. The responses say that the prank is very funny and to keep posting videos. They also say that the music is good. Another comment says that this particular viewer has also done this prank with his friends. The creator does not respond to the comments.

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