Tag - money

YouTube and Porn: partners for life?

The problem with YouTube and porn is longstanding: it gets uploaded, YouTube finds it, YouTube cans it.

So the pornsters then upload almost-but-not-quite-but-very-close porn … sexy stuff with links and hints etc. etc. Or banned ads that broadcast TV won’t publish.

At least, that’s the way it used to be.

That’s always been the content. The stuff that people uploaded to YouTube. Not the material that YouTube itself is posting. Right?

Things seem to have changed at YouTube. Here’s what I saw this morning when I hit YouTube:

Yeah that’s an ad. A full-size ad for a new fragrance, Burberry Body.

And yeah, that’s most of the model’s body that’s visible in the ad. She’s obviously not wearing anything but the short raincoat. And leaving less to the imagination.

I call porn. Porn in advertising. YouTube: you’ve sunk to a new low. But we all know why: cold hard cash.

Unimpressive. Seriously unimpressive.

Updates, ETEC, CrowdTrust, Life

In case you’re wondering what’s going on with this blog, I’m currently taking 2 courses for my Master of Educational Technology program at the University of British Columbia.

Plus doing some home reno, plus I have 3 kids, plus my wife seems to feel that somehow I ought to spend some time with her (odd, that), plus I have a full-time job (money: it’s a love/hate relationship).

So some things suffer.In any case, for my ETEC 522 course “Ventures in Learning Technology” we’re reviewing educational technology ventures: start-up businesses. Since one of the profs for the course is behind a social knowledge storage/management start-up called CrowdTrust, we’re putting most of our thoughts and comments into that system. (Here are mine.)

One thing I wanted to share here is a memo I wrote concerning a company’s pitch for VC money.

Hopefully I haven’t been too savage.

Outsourced protesting

Wow. You really can outsource just about everything these days …

The picketers marching in a circle in front of a downtown Washington office building chanting about low wages do not seem fully focused on their message.

Many have arrived with large suitcases or bags holding their belongings, which they keep in sight. Several are smoking cigarettes. One works a crossword puzzle. Another bangs a tambourine, while several drum on large white buckets. Some of the men walking the line call out to passing women, “Hey, baby.” A few picketers gyrate and dance while chanting: “What do we want? Fair wages. When do we want them? Now.”

Although their placards identify the picketers as being with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters, they are not union members.

They’re hired feet, or, as the union calls them, temporary workers, paid $8 an hour to picket. Many were recruited from homeless shelters or transitional houses. Several have recently been released from prison. Others are between jobs.

“It’s about the cash,” said Tina Shaw, 44, who lives in a House of Ruth women’s shelter and has walked the line at various sites. “We’re against low wages, but I’m here for the cash.”

This is not a little bit fishy … the people supposedly not making enough money are obviously making enough money to pay people who are making even less money to protest for them about not making enough money.

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(Saw it here first.)