- Posted April 27, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Open Letter To Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
To: Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google.
In light of the recent channel design changes that Google has implemented on YouTube, I would like to address this open letter to you since you have stated that you are interested in receiving feedback about what the internet means to people. So I would like to give you my feedback about what the internet means to me and why I believe Google is damaging an important aspect of the internet.
The internet to me is the power to connect up the collective consciousness of humanity and thereby to heighten the collective consciousness (awareness) of humanity. The two main forces that are responsible for this are Facebook and YouTube. It is Facebook that connects humanity and YouTube that informs humanity. In the big picture, it is YouTube that plays a more crucial role than Facebook, since if there was no Facebook there would still be regular e-mail mailing lists with which to spread around YouTube videos. However, if there was no central site into which humanity could pour its collective experiences and opinions and instead they were to be spread out over various internet sites, those experiences and opinions wouldn't receive the same exposure as they get today on YouTube.
It is YouTube that has played a more instrumental role than Facebook in the social protests that we see today around the world, chiefly among them "Occupy Wall Street" and the "Arab Spring", due to the fact that a picture is worth a thousand words and video even more so. So while Facebook connects up humanity, without the graphic scenes broadcast by the general public on YouTube for instance with regard to the violent Syrian uprising, humanity would be less motivated to take up a certain cause. A prime example of this is the Joseph Kony 2012 YouTube video. Had the Joseph Kony story been spread around on Facebook without that powerful video to accompany it, the story would never have garnered the kind of attention that it has received. So in the big picture it is YouTube that is changing the world more than any other internet site.
Enter Google, a company the likes the world has never seen before. In less than 14 years it has grown from nothing into a company with a market value equal to the GDP of a good sized country, with revenue of almost 38 billion dollars (as of 2011) and profits of almost 8 billion dollars (as of 2011). With its rapid growth has come an insatiable appetite for even more profit. The reasons for this could be one or both of the following – a desire to continuously boost Google's share price (let's be honest, the wealth of executives of publicly traded companies are more a factor of their stock options than of their salaries) and / or pure and simple greed. It isn't surprising to find greed in the tech world, a world that creates billionaires practically overnight before they have even reached 30 years of age.
So it is no surprise that Google acquired YouTube, a website that gets a trillion page views a year and has 800 million users. No doubt that Google sees YouTube as a "cash cow", and is eager to "milk" this cow as much as possible. And what better way to milk this cash cow than to turn it into TV.
So along come Google and declare that they are making sweeping changes to YouTube regardless if users like it or not. We know that Google could not care less about user feedback, since Google has absolutely ignored all user protests. It is incredible to see the extent of how our protests have been ignored. It has served nothing but to damage Google's image.