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At its best, YouTube is the Garden of Eden; not only for the next generation of comedians, but actually forming the next generation of comedians. It's way more than just a promotional tool. At its worst, YouTube is the ruthless Angel of Death, and perhaps for an entire comedic genre...namely, stand-up. Gulp.
"What's the difference between an audience and a fan base? An audience tunes in when they're told to; a fan base chooses when and what to watch." The concept of fans, most notably "raving fans" has been kicking around the marketing world for a while.
Last week, I was the honouree for a major fundraiser by the Canadian Hadassah-WIZO organization. In my reflective time after the event, I sat wondering about the real meaning of the word "honour." The plaques, kind words and other souvenirs of one's "night" are fond keepsakes...but don't reflect what a true honour is.