Okay so one thing you should know about me I am addicted to Youtube. It helps me procrastinate but then it also makes me happy when I have a meltdown over being behind on university, basically it consumes my life.
So you’re probably wondering ‘jackie what the heck does this have to do with surveillance?’ welllllll I watch many different types of Youtuber’s, including daily vloggers. If you are unaware of what the means it’s basically one or more (group of friends or even families) who document their entire life no matter how ‘boring’ it might seem to some or how ridiculously lavish it might seem THEY VLOG IT ALL!
I knew I wanted to talk about social media in some way or another with surveillance and daily vlogging seemed like the right idea, especially since “Every minute, seventy-two hours of video is uploaded to Youtube” (Luttrell, R 2014, P. 28), so I knew there had to be some surveillance issues surfacing on Youtube.
For the purpose of this post i’m going to be talking about Youtubers that have a strong following and how they must surveil what is shown in their vlogs.
VidCon2014_LGBTPanel-5 by Michael Dunn, (CC BY 2.0)
The quality of videos today on Youtube means that any little detail can be seen up close by the viewer. This also means that Youtubers must watch out for any small detail in their shot that might leak their personal details and location. The detail might be a situation in which someone might have a delivery package in shot with their address printed on the box, and the viewer is able to screen shot, zoom in and discover their favourite Youtubers address. Blurred Addresses by Jackie Collins, 1 August 2017
And then all of a sudden they are being harassed by people at their front door that continuously rings their door bell. It can go as extreme as the Youtuber not even showing angles in which the viewer can see outside their house because it could leak their location.
It’s similar to how one knows they’re being watched by CCTV footage so they act accordingly, a vlogger knows they are being watched so they have to edit certain ‘scenes’ of their day to act accordingly, to protect their privacy. It brings into question ones free will and how much they have of it, in this case it seems that the vlogger has the power to control their content but there is precautions. The viewer has this weird power over the Youtuber in the sense that they must edit their videos in a way that protects their privacy, a protocol put on them by the viewer.
So while all we have to do is set our privacy to ‘only friends’ (most of mine is public but I act accordingly) these vloggers must edit each daily video to protect their privacy.
In retrospect it shows how excessive people can be online. “People increasingly live their lives on social media” (Trotter, D 2012, p. 1) but it only takes for one angle in a shot to ‘put your life in danger’. I’m not trying to scare you but show you the dangers and how one may be ignorant for something so small and how it can turn into something so big.
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Luttrell, R 2014, Social Media: How to Engage, Share, and Connect, Rowman & Littlefield, Michigan.
Trotter, D 2012, Social Media as Surveillance : Rethinking Visibility in a Converging World, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Farnham.