The U-Tube phenomenon

Posted in Opinion by Adele Todd on May 25, 2008

In the mid nineties, seeing everyone at weddings, christenings, graduations and parties whipping out their camcorders to record the minutei…you knew that not only had the world changed. You knew that something was up. The reality television and the Karaoke contests were the clues laid along the path to where we are today.

The Bookmann came across a clip of two girls dancing in their house for U-Tube. I love the spunk of these girls. I wonder if their parents understand that they are being seen all over the world?

Young people today are more entranced by television than any other group, and I love the way that they are trying to make sense and give themselves exposure through the availability of so much media. Naturally they also make bad judgements and cause alot of debate about exposure. These sites give young people a life that many parents are none the wiser of, and it can lead to problems from time to time, when the parents are confronted with this fact.

However, young people are willing to test the waters, and to take chances.

The girls have made very deliberate plans for their dancing. They have cleared a space in what may be the living room of what is a relatively new house. They have used the darkest curtains they could find, behind the curtains that we see, so that there is little glare from outside. They have their trophies in a corner, to let us know that they are not amature dancers, and they have practiced their dancing in that space. Although they do need a bit more practice to become even more synchronious.

This short film makes me feel very confident about the desire to succeed. These girls are putting themselves out there with the hope that someone will see their dancing and continue their careers on the path to fame that they seek.

it is not enough to get onto a local tv show, they are aiming bigger.

It doesn’t matter that they may not have the greatest talent, or innovative combination moves, they have ambition and I wish them all the luck in the world. They remind us how important it is to have a dream and to see it grow.


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