The blog formerly known as The Dobbs Method

The Truth About Facebook (video)

Posted in Internet by Taylor Dobbs on 07/10/2009

A video about Facebook’s extremely sketchy privacy policies and the legal rights they have over their users. I would say the fact that they have these powers isn’t as scary as what they might do with them.

These arguments along with the amount of twisted people who are on Facebook make it a dangerous place to put personal information. I’m not advocating against Facebook, but I do believe everyone should take extreme care in knowing where their photos and status updates end up. As much as we’d like it to be, Facebook will never be as safe as being in a room with a group of friends. There is still a company that claims to own every piece of information you put on their site.

Update carefully!

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YouTube and Ustream: Internet Video Taking Over

Posted in Internet, media by Taylor Dobbs on 07/07/2009

Online VideoFor my birthday this past week, I got a Flip video camera. I already had a Mini DV Sony, but the Flip has the added bonus of being extremely lightweight and small, making its portability a huge benefit. Since I’ve had it, I’ve uploaded two YouTube videos and recorded about an hour of footage as I’m out and about with my friends.

My extra time on YouTube has also made me aware of a profession that I had no idea existed. People like Philip DeFranco make their living on YouTube. It’s a very, very simple business model: Record a 3-4 minute video three times a week of yourself stating your own opinions on news that already broke, put the video on youtube, have an ad pop up along the bottom, make lots of money. What? I, and the rest of America, has been stating our opinions about Michael Jackson, Billy Mays, and all of the other breaking news this week, but I don’t get paid. I suppose it’s DeFranco’s unique editing style and his great sense of humor that make his opinion so popular.

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