I love YouTube. You love YouTube. We all love YouTube. It's a great thing. It just is.
It's a dream come true for many, many people, myself included. Countless clips, of every sort, at your fingertips, with no need to download or wait very long.
I'm also worried about the other effects of YouTube. I have been spending a fair amount of time on there, both discovering new things and re-discovering my apparent love for musicals. In this time, there has been a dramatic drop in the number of actual feature films I've watched. It's not like I'm without them - there are always DVDs that I haven't watched, or at least special features. Lately, though, I can barely manage an hour-long feature. I suspect that the favourite-bit mentality of YouTube has affected my attention span, so when faced with the choice of Barry Lyndon or that trippy bit from 2001, I opt for whatever's shorter.
Now, I don't want to stop using YouTube. As I said before, it's very, very good. I HAVE been a bit busy lately, but I'm always a bit busy. It probably also has something to do with the closure of Cinephilia and a general reluctance to spend money. As good as YouTube is, though, I think it's a definite danger that we could just end up watching all of our favourite bits over and over again, instead of looking for anything new at all.