YouTube Is The Most Powerful Resource Of Our Generation

YouTube Is The Most Powerful Resource Of Our Generation

Through YouTube, we gain immortality.
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I think it's fair to say that many of us take the Internet for granted. We often criticize it as a toxic distraction from real experience, or as a dehumanizing force that is upending the natural order. And, I admit, I do feel that way sometimes. It's hard not to look at social media and criticize it for the way it has challenged, and in some ways replaced physical experience. But while it's easy to sit on our high horse and shout at the Internet for what it has taken away from the world, every time I do so, I can't help but feel like I'm taking it for granted.

How can I criticize the same platform that has given our generation such a distinct advantage over any other? How can I criticize it when it has given us a resource like Wikipedia, which compacts so much of our knowledge and understanding, and places it right at our fingertips? How can I criticize it for giving us Facebook, which allows us to find and connect with ordinary people living on opposite ends of the planet? Or for giving us Google Earth and Maps, which lets us visualize, experience, and understand the world in ways once thought impossible?

I could honestly go on and on, shouting away at how incredible the Internet is and how lucky we are to be born in a time where it exists, but I'd just be stating the obvious. Instead, I want to focus my attention on a platform that I think really exemplifies the incredible power of the Internet: YouTube. I hope, in my praise, I can bring back some dignity to the same site that has given us the Paul brothers and endless Minecraft "Let's plays."

YouTube is, simply put, a platform that lets people share videos. In that sense, it's nothing revolutionary; television basically does the same thing. What makes Youtube so brilliant, is that it lets anyone share videos. The result is a constantly expanding database that is visually documenting life, experience, and culture. YouTube puts power into the common masses, giving ordinary people an ability to project themselves that was previously reserved to a select few.

To translate just how powerful of a tool it is, I'd like to show a video I found on YouTube that was filmed in 1896.


I think it's fascinating that I, in 2018, can sit at home and see a snapshot of a generation that existed two centuries prior to the one I grew up in.

To me, the most poignant part of this clip has to be this old man here:

I love the look of bewilderment on his face when he turns his head around to gaze at the camera. It's a look that reads: "What is that strange device?"

Let's say that this guy was born in the 1820's or the 1830's. How could he have guessed that, when he's older, he'd happen upon a big fancy box that would perpetually transport his image into the future? It would have been unfathomable to him that someone in 2018 could still watching him walk across that bridge. Yet here we are.

This man has been gifted with a brand of immortality that not even the greatest figures in history have; while we can read all we want about Caeser or Napoleon, we can never again see them as living and breathing beings in motion. Yet with this man—we can. And through YouTube, our entire generation has that power.

Today, we are all crossing Blackfriar's Bridge. The ubiquity of cameras has made it so that our images are being captured constantly whether we realize it or not. And with YouTube and the Internet, we are seamlessly being cataloged into a massive and growing database of humanity. Imagine, 100 years from today, just how many videos like "Blackfriars Bridge (1896)" will be circulating on YouTube(or whatever other website that may or may not replace it). Everyone, especially historians, will have easy access to a compelling window into our generation.

We may dismiss Jake Paul today as frivolous, but 100 years from now, under an unbiased lens, he might be someone worth studying, simply as a prominent example of a new type of man, someone who was born into and defined by internet culture. Even all those videos that we now think of as "shitposting" may, in the future, gain some merit. After all, they are a manifestation of pop culture and therefore will contain some insight into our generation.

I think of YouTube as a time capsule. Centuries from now, everyone can look back through YouTube and wholly experience our generation: its sights, sounds, issues, and—most importantly—the individual personalities of, not just its Kings and Queens, but its ordinary people.

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10 Rappers Whose Lyrics Will Take Your Instagram Captions To The Next Level

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Finding the perfect caption for you Instagram post is something everyone struggles with. On the contrary, the best rappers in the industry right now seem to have no problem with it. Whether it be Cardi B or Kanye West, you can always count on fire captions. Taken from the rappers themselves, here are the best rap lyrics for Instagram captions.

1. Travis Scott

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  • "It's summertime, why they tryna throw shade?"
  • "Rollin' rollin' rollin' got me stargazin'"
  • "I got 'em stage diving out the nosebleeds"
  • "Anything can happen at the night show"
  • "This right here is astronomical"
  • "Valet park when I pull up in the ride"
  • "Pick up the phone, baby, I know you're home, baby"
  • "Oh my, what a wonderful time"
  • "She said 'where we goin?' I said 'the moon'"
  • "I been up sleepless late nights"
  • 2. Migos

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    • "Walk it like I talk it"
    • "In the kitchen wrist moving like a stir fry"
    • "Put my mind on it, put my grind on it"
    • "We live like sopranos"
    • "Diamonds on my wrist stay drippin"
    • "Addin' up checks, no minus"
    • "I can buy that car, I know that you can't"
    • "No human being, I'm immortal"
    • "Walk in the buildin', they start applaudin'"
    • "Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace"

    3. Cardi B

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    • "I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance"
    • "I went from dollar bills, now poppin' rubber bands"
    • "Why would I hop in some beef? When I could just hop in the Porsche"
    • "You know where I'm at, you know where I be"
    • "These expensive, these is red bottoms"
    • "I don't dance now, I make money moves"
    • "It's not a threat it's a warning, be careful with me"
    • "Poured out my whole heart to a piece of sh*t"
    • "Karma for you is gon' be who you end up with"

    4. Drake

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    • "This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, sh*t don't ever stop"
    • "I only love my bed and my mama I'm sorry"
    • "I get it how I live it, I live it how I get it"
    • "No new friends"
    • "Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments"
    • "This sh*t got me in my feelings"
    • "With your phone out, gotta hit them angles"
    • "My ex asked me, 'Where you movin'?' I said, 'On to better things'"
    • "My team good, we don't really need a mascot"
    • "Got new money, got new problems, got new enemies"

    5. Nicki Minaj

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    • "Imma keep it moving, be classy and graceful"
    • "In my kingdom, with my Timbs on"
    • "Uh, yo, watch your man, then you should watch your mouth"
    • "At least you took an L off your bucket list"
    • "Defend my honor, protect my pride"
    • "But to live doesn't mean you're alive"
    • "She just mad 'cause he never bought her ice like me"
    • "I fly with the stars in the skies"
    • "They paintin' me out to be the bad guy"
    • "All these b*tches is my sons"

    6. Mac Miller

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    • "My regrets look just like a text I shouldn't send"
    • "Driving with my eyes close, missing all the signs"
    • "I'm a monster with the heart of a lion, divide and conquer"
    • "I got a bone to pick like roses"
    • "I'll do anything for a way out of my head"
    • "Your love is not too kind to me"
    • "Yeah, I got a bad attitude"
    • "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile"
    • "Imma give you what you came for"
    • "I don't know 'bout you, but me, I'm important, I'm so gorgeous"

    7. A$AP Rocky 

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    • "Same shit, different day"
    • "I got three phones: business, conversation, and relation"
    • "What the face say to the fist?"
    • "I look for ways to say 'I love you', but I ain't into makin' love songs"
    • "Paranoia got me losing all my z's"
    • "Make no mistakes, it's all a leap of faith for love"
    • "She ain't a stranger to the city life"
    • "Can't forget that I'm golden, can't forget where I'm going"
    • "Riding by the rules, I'll abide by it soon"
    • "Ain't a killer so don't kill the vibe"

    8. Kanye West

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    • "Yeah u so mother thick"
    • "Ball so hard, let's get faded"
    • "That sh*t cray"
    • "I'm tripping off the power"
    • "All of my kindness, is taken for weakness"
    • "I'm lookin' for the one have you seen her?"
    • "Don't let me get in my zone"
    • "Let's get lost tonight"
    • "Sun don't shine in the shade, bird can't fly in a cage"
    • "Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud"
    • "No you're not perfect but you're not your mistakes"

    9. A$AP Ferg

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    • "Gucci down to the socks"
    • "My jewelry glistening why I'm always chilly"
    • "I'm a one night savage"
    • "Put in work, put 'em in the dirt"
    • "Fergy be mobbin' all day"
    • "Ferg is the name"
    • "I'm on a new level"
    • "Don't pray for me pray for the weak"
    • "I was only 8 years old, watching Nick at Nite"
    • "I was fly like a bird"

    10. Lil Wayne 

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    • "Real G's move in silence like lasagna"
    • "I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to y'all"
    • "Okay you're a goon, but what's a goon to a goblin?"
    • "I got some weight on my shoulders, to me it's like feathers"
    • "I am more animal than the zoo allow"
    • "Money talks, bullsh*t walks"
    • "Every night's a long night, every day's a holiday"
    • "I'm a cool cat, but I'm on life nine"
    • "Haters can't see me, nose bleed seats"


    No matter what the occasion, it's always good to have creative Instagram captions on hand. Nobody knows how to make clever captions than rappers themselves. Whether you need creative caption for throwing shade at someone, or you have used only emojis for your past 5 Instagram pictures, rap lyrics make the perfect caption.

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    This One’s For Africa

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    It's now been a week since I stepped foot on the African continent for the first time in my life. I first visited Johannesburg, where my dad and I spent a day on an 'apartheid tour.'

    This tour consisted of visiting Shanty Town, one of the poorest communities in South Africa. The living conditions were indeed different. They had to steal electricity through homemade wires connected to the telephone poles. They had only a few porta potties for ten families to share. They had several spickets to obtain fresh water from. There was no heating in the houses, which were made from pieces of painted aluminum.

    Such inconvenient circumstances have come from years of oppression towards black people in South Africa. It was incredibly sad to know that these problems still exist and that apartheid only ended so recently.

    On the other hand, the people showed very little anger. Despite their living situations, the people of Shanty Town were so kind and welcoming. Everyone we passed smiled and waved, often even saying hello or asking about our wellbeing.

    It brought some serious warmth to our hearts to see their sense of community. Everyone was in it together, and no man was left behind. They created jobs and opportunities for one another. They supported each other.

    The next part of the day included a tour of Nelson Mandela's old house. We then made a trip to the Apartheid Museum.

    Overall, Johannesburg did not disappoint. The city contains a rich history that human beings as a whole can learn a lot from. Johannesburg is a melting pot that still contains a multitude of issues concerning racism and oppression of certain cultures.

    After two days in Johannesburg, my family made our way to Madikwe game reserve, where we stayed at Jaci's Lodge.

    The safari experience was absolutely incredible. Quite cold (it's winter in Africa right now), but amazing enough to make up for the shivering. We saw all my favorite animals: giraffes galore, elephants, zebras, impalas, lions, hyenas, wildebeests, rhinos, you name it. While my favorite animal will always be the giraffe, I don't think any sighting could beat when two different herds of elephants passed through a watering hole to fuel up on a drink.

    Finally on June 1st, I flew to George to start my program with Africa Media in Mossel Bay. On Sunday, we went on an 'elephant walk.'

    The safari was certainly cool, but that makes the elephant walk ice cold. We got to walk alongside two male elephants - one was 25, the other 18. They were so cute!! We got to stroke their skin, trunk, and tusks. They had their own little personalities and were so excited to receive treats (fruits and vegetables) at the end of the journey.

    My heart couldn't be more full. Africa, you have become my favorite continent. And it sure is going to take a lot to drag me away from you.

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