YouTube is a Lyceum

I came across this realization while prepping for the Mark Twain readings for this project and doing reading for my American Political Humor class. Lyceums were venues for the popular lecture circuit during Mark Twain’s time (though the word is much older than that). Without TV or radio, lyceums were the locations of popular entertainment. You might go to see a musical performance, or hear someone read a short story, or hear a lecture on a political topic. All of the links in the sentence above go to YouTube recordings of a similar nature.

There are hundreds of such recordings, but I chose those specific videos because they demonstrate one of the greatest differences between YouTube and the lyceum culture. The videos I have selected were all viral megahits–memes which jumped through workplaces, around schools, across continents. Paul Potts singing “Nessun Dorma” on a Britain’s got Talent, an older man reading “The Cremation of Sam McGee”, and Barack Obama’s wildly popular video, “Yes We Can”, all demonstrated the power of YouTube to spread content

Inspirational Quote:
Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause to an INFJ; both perfectionism and disregard for authority may come into play, as INTJs can be unsparing of both themselves and the others on the project. (see? I keep my promises)

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