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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How could one discuss popular videos on YouTube without discussing a video that strikes a bell in most UF student's memory. Does the phrase "Don't Tase Me Bro" ring a bell to anyone? While there are many YouTube videos depicting this incident, by far the most popular is that shot by Kyle Mitchell of The Gainesville Sun. The video is entitled "University of Florida student Tasered at Kerry Forum" and has received over 4 million views. The video shows how UF student Andrew Meyer was arrested and tasered at a campus forum after questioning Senator John Kerry on September 17th in 2007. The forum was set up by the group ACCENT at UF to give students the opportunity to question Sen. Kerry. As a journalism major, Meyer was simply asking the tough questions as any journalist would do, when the police responded. AFter constant battle and Meyer screaming "What did I do", he was charged with resisting arrest and disturbing the peace. Although Meyer had a right to resist arrest in that he did nothing constitutionally wrong. In fact, John Kerry was actually going to answer Meyer's questions and even asked the police to stop. The purpose of the video was to show an account of this highly controversial and publicized arrest that took occurred. With nearly 55,000 comments it is highly apparent there are two sides to the issue. The majority of responses deal with the issue of whether UFPD were correct to arrest Meyer due to his "aggressive" nature of questions? Or were they completely out of line, violating his freedom of speech, and using excessive force?

The Video:

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