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YouTube: One Big Nerdy Group-Hug

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YouTube, digg, stumbleupon: what do they all have in common? They need team players to use them. What team you ask? I’ll call it “Team Internet.” I still remember vividly my coach screaming that we were a team. “Work as one, win as one” **Cough Lose as One**. There were always those few slackers on the team who never gave it their all, and often I fell into that category. However, little has changed, and I am a freeloader on Team Internet.

So where’s this going you may ask? How does being on a team deal with YouTube? What on earth is Team Internet? Everyone knows the 5 star rating system. Hotels, cars, girls, and videos are all put to the test of the 5 or 10 star system. This system however is inherently based upon the teamwork within team internet. Without working together, none of the above websites would still exist. So the question remains: why am I so lazy and such a freeloader that I have never ever ever rated a youtube video after watching. After all, I sort my videos by highest rated, and that means I am taking advantage of the system which I have a semi-obligation to as a Web 2.0 Team-member. But even greater than the question of why I have never rated a video is the question of why anyone else actually does it.

There is some sort of team mentality, collaboration, nerdy group-hug thing going on that I cannot wrap my head around. What obligation does anyone have to YouTube? Why do we give it our time and play its game? Maybe I’m a selfish freeloader, using and abusing the system I am dependent on, but I still fall asleep once a year with these questions running through my head.

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