Charice Pempengco and Arnel Pineda gained stardom because of Youtube. Charice got Oprah Winfrey as manager and toured with David Foster. Arnel Pineda is the lead vocalist of Journey - after his video was posted in youtube and, he auditioned in the US and he bagged the lead. Both have something in common - it's Youtube who made them stars.
Now coming from the IGF, I got this news alert from PInoy Press and it's about Youtube.
The Communist Party of the Philippines/New People's Army (CPP/NPA) released last Monday, December 8, a video of captive police officer Eduardo Tumol. Tumol was held captive since November because the NPA accused him of committing some human rights violation. Until now, the Philippine government is still negotiating for his release. The NPA had a long history of prominent figures going up into the mountains and taking up arms against the government when justice failed them. They became prominent went Marcos was in power. Lately, news reports have hinted that the NPA has lost their ground. The Philippine government has offered an amnesty program for rebels.
Is Youtube a means to gain notoriety? To enlist support from the international community? The Philippines is a democratic country and between censorship and self-policing, I would go for self-policing. Democracy shouldn't be taken for granted but we must appeal to the younger generation to make good choices. If the Philippine government pressures Youtube to take out the video, then that is censorship. So that leaves viewers to report the video as part of self-policing. I think that should be enough to tell Youtube to reconsider their options. Or is it?
More news on this link: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/network/video-another-captive-now-youtube