A kid from Nebraska shows up in New York City to make it big. This kid was Bryan Odell, a year-old college dropout who lived with his parents. But central casting had nothing to do with it. As an aspiring YouTuber, he cast himself. Founded in and owned by Google since , YouTube today contains multitudes: 72 hours of video are uploaded onto the service every minute. If these names mean nothing to you, trust me: these are famous, successful YouTubers.
SAN JOSE, California — As if pornography sites and pedophiles in chat rooms were not frustrating enough for parents whose children use the Internet, now online postings of amateur videos featuring skin and violence are raising concerns. The explosion in online video-sharing sites, where clips of any nature can be easily uploaded for the world to see, has become the latest challenge for parents trying to protect their children and for Web sites coping with obscene submittals. Carol Kiesman, a mother and teacher in Houlton, Maine, enrolled her year- old daughter in a cyberspace club called "Zoey's Room," so the teen could chat online with other girls in a gated community where all participants are screened. Imagine then how Kiesman cringed when she saw her daughter, year-old son and fourth-grade students recently encounter homemade videos on public Internet sites that included nudity and animal cruelty. YouTube, the leading video site that helped catapult the genre, attracted more than 20 million visitors in May. The company says it averages 50, new video uploads a day.