Life Before YouTube

When I think of the term “digital culture”, I think of the ways in which cyberspace has become the hub of interconnectivity. We have access to so many people who live near to us or even across the globe right at our fingertips. Through this, online communities are developed, and humanity has created ways to signify what makes digital culture so prominent. First, there were online chat rooms, then Instant Messaging (IM), and the birth of social networks and the like. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we got video sharing—and along came the Holy Grail of platforms for global show-and-tell, YouTube.


YouTube has been one of the strongest online entities since the mid 2000s (debuted in 2005) and has been the top video-sharing website for a long time. It is used across many social networks (i.e. Facebook, MySpace, etc.) and is also responsible for the recognition of many of today’s top artists such as Justin Bieber and Austin Mahone. One of the many commendable qualities of the site has to be the YouTube Partnership Program, which allows people to post original content and earn money from it. Popular examples of YouTube partners would be chescaleigh and the ever-zealous Fred…

But what was the Internet like before YouTube?


It’s crazy to know that I cannot remember operating a computer system for entertainment prior to the early YouTube days…


Perhaps that means that the Internet was a much more productive space, focused more on the fundamental transferring and screening of information and data than being heavily reliant on pushing media content for traffic. YouTube comes pre-bookmarked in almost every web browser these days, because it is just that much of a worldwide web necessity. But we know that all good things come to an end… however we don’t see an end in the near future for YouTube. It’s revolutionary to the way the world gains media content and media content knowledge.

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