Here’s an admission: I hate YouTube. Along with the rest of the Internet, I watched the OK Go video with the treadmills and thought it was quite cool. It’s certainly one of the most inventive music videos that’s been shot in a long while, but then I guess there’s no incentive to make inventive music videos when there’s no outlet for them.
After that video, though, I got exposed to too much sheer crap that ends up on YouTube: the cell-phone videos from live concerts with tinny audio and even worse video, the random crappy animations, and so much more. So I just gave up on it. If I see a YouTube link go by on Twitter, or even if someone IMs me to tell me that I absolutely have to watch this video, I ignore it.
Until tonight. Sometime recently, blip.fm added YouTube videos. And suddenly, I’m watching YouTube. It started with "Suzanne" from Cohen’s Live in London DVD release, and then we went into R.E.M.’s first appearance on Letterman with a then-unnamed “So. Central Rain”, and it was off to the races. I’ve always known that there was music content on YouTube other than those crappy cell-phone videos, but I never was interested in investing the time.
What’s different about blip? I’m not sure, exactly. I’m already in a music mood when I go there, and I’m looking for something to share. I never think of YouTube as a place to go for music. I’m not sure if this revelation from blip will make me go to YouTube or not. Maybe I’ll burn out on it. But not just yet …