Dominic Pettman Quoted in Slate

  • Posted on: November 6, 2014
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YouTube’s destiny as a virtual menagerie was foreshadowed early on by co-founder Jawed Karim. He was responsible for the site’s first clip: a video of himself in front of the elephant enclosure at the San Diego Zoo. Not long after, according to a New Yorker account of the company’s early days, co-founder Steven Chen uploaded a few clips of his cat, Stinky. Since then, this digital faucet ofmoon-walking ponies and guilty puppies has sent forth a deluge. At this rate, as Dominic Pettman, professor of culture and media at the New School, New York put it, “YouTube is likely to end up as the world’s largest nature preserve.”

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