posted on Dec, 9 2007 @ 08:31 AM
I don't really see a problem with using a youtube video in a post as such. I think it all comes down to the idea of trying to find multiple sources,
grade the reliability of the source, and trying to check them. Using just one source for anything is not really a good idea. In some cases like a
UFO sighting a video can be a very important source, along with witness statements, information about the area it was taken and so on. Another
example would be if a claim is made that a person said something at a press conference, then there may be a video of that event, and that video would
be very useful to help verify they actually said that.
A youtube video has a value, after all even propaganda is valuable, as it can help you see what one side is trying to push, and that can be
interesting. That value may not be much depending on the topic, but added together with other sources they can be useful.
They can be just another way into a subject, and quite a good way to hook people into a topic. There have been a few topics I got into this way, when
it is unlikely I would have read a book about that topic. After watching a video I will tend to think about the key things that interested me, and do
a google search for those things and try and find some sources or other writings about that topic. If still interested, I may then go and read some
books about the topic. So that very book I may not have bothered with in the start, actually has ended up being read just because a youtube video
hooked me in.
Another way to look at it, a very skeptical mind might say that this very site is garbage, and full of half-baked nonsense, and a waste of time, and
so on. As a fairly skeptical person myself on a lot of topics I try to take the view that, well, there probably is a lot of garbage here, but there
are also "diamonds in the manure" just waiting to be found. If we don't even look for something, we are very unlikely to find it.