Friday, November 02, 2007


The most viewed clip on YouTube has 62 million views, but the most-discussed clip has over 200,000 comments. The New York Times' Virginia Heffernan says virtual novels are forming on YouTube's comment section and that the conversation has surprising depth.

Comments [7]

Om from Raleigh, NC


It certainly feels like a meta about a segment responding to commenting and then comment to those comments. In fact, I'm listening to this segment on my iPod while I'm looking for the videos mentioned in the segment and at the same time writing this comment! Ooh well, we are in the age of multi-tasking.

I've seen few times the second video that is discussed in this segment about the anti-Islam/anti-Muslim lady on Al Jazeera but never commented. Either way, that lady is crazy and doesn't deserve any attention as far as I'm concerned.
By the way, thanks for putting up the links before I start typing something useless into Youtube search. It certainly lessens my multi-tasking!

Nov. 06 2007 11:13 AM
trey from Alabama

Chris Crocker isn't a "brittney fan". The video was meant to be ironic, comical, and theatrical. One wouldn't know that without being familiar with his other videos.

Nov. 04 2007 05:00 PM
OTM Producer from WNYC Radio

In response to the previous comment ("NPR-Addict") I'd just like to point out that the paragraph describing the segment (above - and also on the home page) has links to the video we discussed and a link to the full comment section for that clip.

We didn't include a link the video title "Atheist" or the video response because we generally only include 3 links so as to not overwhelm the reader.

But, the link to atheist can be found here:

and the video response can be found here:

Thanks! (there's something very meta about this - responding to comments about a segment about responding to comments, eh?)

Mark Phillips

Nov. 03 2007 08:14 PM
NPR-Addict from washington

I would like to request that OTM post links to all of the videos and video-responses that were either cited or played during this piece. It would seems to me that in this age of interactive media, such a comprehensive listing of links or citations would de rigor. It undermines an essential element of the medium these videos are a part of to play their content to an audience and not give audience an easy way to later access and respond to the content. Certainly this can’t be done during the course of your radio broadcast, but I see no logistical obstacle to providing links on your website for all publicly available media cited in your stories. Surely, you must already distribute such links to your fact checkers.

Nov. 03 2007 07:51 PM
blackbelt_jones from Debian, USA

Perhaps the most heterogeneous experience that I've ever had on the web was the YouTube forum that accompanied the gruesome cell phone video of Saddam Hussein's execution. People came from all over the world, and everyone had something passionate and ideological to say, though some of the comments were more sophisticated than others. All sides in the so-called "clash of civilizations" was represented.

My own comment: " For destabilizing the price of oil, and other crimes against humanity."

Nov. 03 2007 12:08 PM
jim meloche from detroit, michigan

Thanks for the programs that are so educational about the new forms of media. Those of us who are not into u tube for example need you information to have some idea about what is happening there.

Nov. 03 2007 08:34 AM
Ken Franklin from Vicksburg, Michigan

I was saddened that Ms. Heffernan chose to relate any discussion of God (such as GodTube) as propaganda. She chooses her words and images carefully, as do all the correspondents of OnTheMedia. Does that make all your stories propaganda?

The study of how to get your message across effectively does not automatically assign a value to the message itself.

God Bless,
Ken Franklin

Nov. 03 2007 08:28 AM

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