YouTube, Video Media, and 21st Century Frontier Justice - Page 2
YouTube and other video media have been the smoking guns in countless cases where personal harm or embarrassment has been incurred through irresponsible or destructive behavior. More significantly, it has been the catalyst for change in corporate and government behavior. The backlash against ACORN happened as a result of videos uploaded to BigGovernment.com by James O'Keefe, a self-styled investigator who uncovered widespread corruption and misuse of public funds. Acorn was shortly thereafter defunded by the United States Congress, and fell into disrepute.
The immediacy of YouTube and other video media creates a perfect venue for those who lack the patience for the cumbersome and protracted processes of the legal system. Not since the Frontier Justice of the Old West has there been a form of redress so swift, so effective, and often, so satisfying as making public the video evidence of bad, or misguided people and corporations, doing bad things.