We've got to face facts: we're living in a brave new world of free-flowing information, and age restrictions or movie-style ratings simply won't keep our children away from inappropriate materials. If anything, these hollow forms of censorship only delay serious parental conversations that are just plain inevitable.
I set up my profile and became one of those quiet weirdos just watching at first. I say weirdos. You're not weird if you watch, but if you're the one talking live on screen, it's pretty unnerving to see you have ten watchers and only one talking to you. It leaves me wondering "who are these people!?"
YouTube and its vloggers are the future of entertainment as we know it; but if it's to stay as popular and widespread as it is today then it needs to have its content creators conform to the same kinds of regulations television and other forms of media do. With fame comes a certain responsibility - and these new YouTube celebrities need to take that upon themselves.
The first instalment of my 'Cancer and...' series dealt with a well known, but often misinterpreted, aspect of suffering with cancer: being bald. I felt that hair loss and potential baldness where highly important points of discussion, especially, given that baldness is so often regarded as the 'face' of cancer...
As we speak, this movement is making a big cultural leap. Unboxers are not only unboxing the toys but also playing with them. This of course adds extra pathos to the clips because there's nothing quite as upsetting as watching an adult hand moving a small anthropomorphic puppy around and doing the voices.