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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I chose the video “shoes” by Lium Sullivan. The video depicts twins, one male and one “female”, who just received gifts from their parents for the birthday. While the male is happy with his gift, the “female” is upset that she didn’t receive the shoes that she wanted. As a result, she goes around town looking for shoes with her friends. I think this video was created for entertainment purposes until it received worldwide recognition. In late 2006, his video went viral on youtube and in 2007 it won the People's Choice Award for "Favorite User-Generated Video." Although most of the viewers think that the video is hilarious and enjoyable, there are a few others that disagree. One viewer even said that the video isn’t worth all those views.


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