Q. Outside of that, a more general question, which you're free to answer here or on your blog or not at all: why does YouTube matter to artists? Does it matter? Is this YouTube partisanship a social project, or is it relevant to the working methods of net artists today? Specifically, I'm looking for an answer that isn't equally applicable to another format.
A. Well, first of all, I don't really know what you mean by net artist. Aren't all artists just artists, using various tools? I guess we use YouTube because we like the unpredictability of never knowing what's going to happen once you submit your material to their resizing algorithms. Will your piece look good? Like crap? But despite those vagaries, it's nice to be in the warm embrace of a large company that owns your data and can remove it at a whim. "Social project" is a bit condescending to people who take their work seriously, but, yeah, YouTube is very social. Commenters say whatever pops in their heads, and it's fun to read those.