Launched in 2005, the video sharing site YouTube enables people to watch videos for free. By obtaining an account requiring minimal information such as an e-mail address, participants may also upload, comment on, and rate videos without charge. Discourses on DIY (do-it-yourself) media and digital literacies have touted the site’s potential for informal, peer-to-peer learning. Video tutorials, walk-throughs, video blogs (vlogs), lectures, and demonstrations provide important information on many subjects. In addition, video makers may develop digital literacies and production skills by making and posting videos to the site, where they may receive feedback and advice.

YouTube’s openness to amateurs and professionals invites viewers and creators to develop skills in areas of personal interest. Participants may connect to people with specialized expertise that is not ...

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