The advantages of YouTube are emphasised more than the disadvantages in this interview. Chad Hurley says that it is simple and ‘easy to use, without the need for any special software’. This is clearly a very big advantage of YouTube. I think the greatest advantage is that it is a free service.
In this interview, Chad Hurley also tells us that YouTube is a place where anybody can share anything from videos to concert clips online and ‘ordinary people can be turned into celebrities with an audience of 100 million viewers’. It’s a worldwide form of communication, which connects people from all over the world and allows ‘different cultures to talk to each other’.
There is not much mention of the disadvantages of YouTube in this interview, but there is a disadvantage referred to in Question 4, ‘How do you protect your website from misuse?’ Hurley says that the website has ‘the potential to be dangerous’, and while he doesn’t say much about these dangers, I think this is a very serious disadvantage of YouTube. People can be filmed without their consent by anyone, anywhere, and then unsuitable material of these people can be broadcast to millions on YouTube. Hurley says that unsuitable material can be removed in minutes, but I don’t believe that this happens every time someone is exploited or hurt by material shown on YouTube.