A few weeks ago, my mother and I switched Internet providers — and as a result of that decision, the quality of our Internet browsing has increased dramatically.  That being said, I’d like to say a few things about what I’ve learned as a result of viewing YouTube‘s website in the past few weeks:
* Some animated TV shows (especially those from the 1960’s and 1970’s) ultimately prove to be far more crappy and forgettable than you thought otherwise, and probably shouldn’t be shown at all.  (CB Bears, anyone?)
* Some TV commercials that are viewed on YouTube can not only shock you into realizing that they really haven’t aged gracefully — but also prove that, in some respects, that today’s TV commercials are a hell of a lot better.  (And no, I’m not referring to the GEICO TV commercials.)
* You get to get clips from popular American TV shows that are dubbed in other languages — and realize that some of them are far better that way than in their original English language format.
* Certain TV shows that you didn’t think much about when you were younger — prove to be much better with each passing decade.
* You never know what you’ll find on YouTube — and more often than not, you’re delighted by what you see.
* If you’re a writer like myself, you can learn from the media of the past — and hopefully avoid its mistakes as well, thus insuring that your efforts will be greatly appreciated for a long time to come (hopefully, forever).
   Whether or not you share my views is a matter of opinion.  I’d like to point out that visiting YouTube‘s website can be just as eductional as many of the other websites on the Internet and encourage future generations to not only raise the bar as far as quality entertainment’s concerned, but also bring an end to what doesn’t belong in today’s media — and what should’ve never been unleashed on the general public to begin with.  Like say, CB Bears?
John Lavernoich
Winsted, CT
January 29, 2010

About johnlav

I've written five published novels -- including the first two in the CHAMELEONS, INC. book series -- as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in both print and on the Internet.
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