Digital Studies 101

A common resource for Digital Studies at UMW.

YouTubing was founded in 2005 and quickly became a leading force in the surge of so-called “Web 2.0” culture that hit a peak with Time Magazine naming “You” the 2006 person of the year. YouTube has gone on to provide endless memes, cultural references, and launched the careers of an army of “YouTubers”. But how does YouTube keep a constant stream of videos in your feed, deciding what you should see? And what about the ads that are fed to you during those videos?

Suggested Reading

Suggested Tasks

  • Parody video mimicking the style of a sub-genre of YouTubers
  • Monitor and critically examine the algorithms suggestions using screen-capture software
  • Monitor and critically examine the ads you receive using screen-capture software

Slack Channel: youtube