Friday, 23 August 2013

The Narratives of YouTube

In week 4’s lecture on Networked Narratives, Van Luyn said “in a virtual network, you are not the only person constructing your identity” (2013). The same can be said in the case of YouTube. Member’s often like or link to other videos that they have watched. This will often show up on their home ‘channel’ as a recent activity. In the McNeil reading, he suggested that we focus more closely everyday to our online lives and as such we bring people we know and “invite them to see and share” our activities that are now publicized on the internet (2012).

YouTube members do not only make videos for their own account. Often, it can be seen that certain members will feature in another video as either a reference to a video that they have created, or as an active participant in another Youtuber’s video. “Dreaming-tracks layover the land as ways of communicating between most far-flung tribes” (Chatwin, 1987). A specific Youtuber may be connected to another member through subscription, comment, like, video link or ‘special guest.’

Stanner (1979) said that “The Dreaming is many things in one. Among them, a kind of narrative of things that once happened…of things that still happen…” One’s YouTube channel may be seen as ‘The Dreaming’ as it ‘narrates’ the many various activities (for example comments written, videos liked, members subscribed) that the specific Youtuber has done in the past.

Though being an individual member of YouTube that narrates their own ‘story’, it does not mean that others do not help narrate or influence what happens. It also suggests that through only a few clicks of a button, you may be connected to someone that you never that you could be. This is the ‘Six degrees of separation,’ which you can read about by clicking here.

Chatwin, B. (1987). The Songlines. Chapter 3, pp 11 – 15. London: Jonathan Cape Ltd

McNeill, L. (2012). There Is No "I" in Network: Social Networking Sites and Posthuman Auto/Biography.

Stanner, W. E. H. (1979). The Dreaming. pp 23 – 40. Australian National University Press, Canberra.

Van Luyn, A. (2013). BA1002: Our Space: Networks, Narratives, and the Making of Place, Week 4 Notes (PowerPoint). Retrieved from:

Van Vlooten, D. (2004). So it's a small world--so what?. Science Careers. (Career Advice Article). Retrieved from:

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Van Vlooten, D. (2004). So it's a small world--so what?. Science Careers. (Career Advice Article). Retrieved from:

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