From previous blogs you may gather my fascination in music and especially the guitar. Like all guitarists who have any sort of access to the internet, I am guilty of searching in YouTube any simple arrangement of words as; “sick guitarist”, or “guitar god” just to blow myself away with the abundance of talent. While in search of the next Carlos Santana playing behind a cheap webcam, I came across Sungha Jung. He is an incredible guitarist who is incredibly young. His YouTube channel features numerous popular song covers and a growing list of original song.
What particularly strikes me as fascinating about this channel, and the many other channels of this similar nature, is the text written in the blurb on the side of the channel’s main page. It is written by the guitarist’s father and it explains the obvious purpose of the site is to find financial support from a sponsor who is willing to aid in his studies rather than his commercial potential. This particular use of YouTube as a tool for recruiting financial support in a particular venture also illustrates similar conversation discussed in Dr. Strangelove’s lectures in regard to child exploitation. As seen in the YouTube video of David after dentist, a parent has posted video of their child for the world to see. The difference between David at the dentist and Sungha Jung, is that Sungha is using YouTube as means of furthering his education and life experience rather than a quick attempt to break a record of making millions of others laugh. This raises the question of is necessarily right or more justified to post video of your child playing an instrument in attempt to expand their horizons and future than it is for David’s father to post a video for mere public enjoyment?