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Can YouTube Poop Be Critiqued


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  • YouTube Poop’s greatest enigma comes from its lack of concrete standards. While this has the allure of making something creative without the pressure of defined conventions or guidelines, it begs the question: Is it possible to critique YouTube Poop?

YouTube Poop’s greatest enigma comes from its lack of concrete standards. While this has the allure of making something creative without the pressure of defined conventions or guidelines, it begs the question: Is it possible to critique YouTube Poop?

You’d think so, given that it is a creative work offered to the public to view, enjoy, loathe, contemplate and debate over. I’d argue that you can do it, but you have to be in the right state of mind. Put down the crack-pipe, Mack, I mean you need to have watched YouTube Poop for at least a solid year. That way, it’ll have scrambled your brains long enough for you to not only appreciate it, but be able to break it down and look at it a little closer.

Here on YouChew, I’m a regular on the What Do You Think of The Above Poop thread, and much like fellow pooper Another Brick in The Wall, I believe it to be an excellent opportunity to provide constructive criticism. But how do we go about this in regards to a medium that can take on whatever shape or size it wants, play with any genre and dramatically changes depending on any given pooper’s individual sensibilities?

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The wise and incomparable Dew once said, “There’s no such thing as a bad poop.” Considering YouTube Poop’s nature, this is true to an extent. YouTube Poop may be the most subjective thing there is, and with no rules or regulations, the subjectivity becomes much more apparent to the point where an opinion on a specific poop could be completely meaningless. However, human beings know what they like and what they don’t like, so any particular poop has the potential to be scrutinised, just like any book, comic, film or television show can be. So evidently, YouTube Poop can be critiqued. But, it might just be the most challenging thing to critique.

Constructive criticism requires tact. If you’re too nice, the creator learns nothing. If you’re too harsh, the creator will just think you’re a prick and tell you to go fuck yourself. It should be balanced with positive and negative points. The positive points ought to be presented in a way that congratulates the creator, while negative points ought to be presented in a way that doesn’t necessarily damn the work's faults, but illuminates them with suggestions and techniques on how said faults can be rectified.

Some could argue that constructive criticism towards YouTube Poop is pointless because there’s no universal structure, thus nothing for us to hinge our opinions on. I can see where that view is coming from, and yet, we still manage to point out things we like and don’t like in a poop. Every YouTube Pooper has their own style and point of view, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pass around guiding principles we’ve found through our own journeys.

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Because YouTube Poop comes in many different shapes, it can be argued that a specific poop will have a better chance of benefitting from constructive criticism, if said criticism comes from a specific pooper that follows that certain style in which the poop was made. Personally, I tend to explore mainly the jokey poop route, but now and again, I lash out and try something more trippy and experimental. So when it comes to searching for constructive criticism, I definitely want a pooper who follows whatever pooping style I visited at that time, to check it out and hear what they think.

For instance, if I made one of my typical silly/wacky/funny poops, I'd want to hear what jokey poopers like Paperking99, NukaPooCola, CheesedogMaximum760 or NationOfOranges696 think of it. Whereas if I were to make a more strange/trippy/experimental poop, I'd want to hear what LaVie CestLol, Computoarz, fiv95 or Expression think of it. Essentially, you’re going to gain a lot more from those who have more experience and expertise in those specific styles you choose to explore.

Now that I’m really starting to establish myself as a pooper who explores both the funny and trippy sides of poop, I have found different methods of providing constructive criticism.

For my original stomping grounds in the regular/funny poop, I’ll approach it with these four questions:

1.      What did I think of the editing?

2.      What did I think about the pacing?

3.      Was there enough balance poopism-wise?

4.      If it had any jokes, were they timed well?

Admittedly, I originally had difficulty doing the same with the effects-heavy trippy ones. If a pooper like willam_ was to post one of his works, I was able to apply the questions above as he has a more gag-based style with only occasional trippy experimental moments. However, if someone like the aforementioned Another Brick in The Wall posted one of his works, I was lost for words. While I could tell he had put a lot of effort into the video, I couldn’t for the life of me give his poop any kind of constructive feedback, as it just looked like a lot of colour and noise to me.

Strangely though, LaVie CestLol’s editing style is just as experimental and effects heavy as Another Brick in The Wall’s, but I could somehow feel some sense of interpretation when viewing his work. Since then, I've been able to figure out that LaVie injects thematic elements into his work and follows a motif in every video, making his work a lot easier to digest and get an idea about how to talk about it critically. Since I took a bold step out of my comfort zone and made an entry for Computoarz's Trippy Collab, I've been able to enjoy a greater variety of poops in the experimental side, and I hope to be able to give Another Brick in the Wall the same level of constructive criticism I've since been able to give LaVie.

Now that I’ve been swimming about in the experimental poop pool myself, I’ve been able to develop another set of questions for constructive criticism:

1.      What did I think of the editing?

2.      Were the effects utilised in an interesting fashion?

3.      Was there enough variety of effects and did they mesh well?

4.      If it had a specific motif, was it evident and presented well?

In the end, the way in which constructive criticism is applied comes down to both individual poopers and the YouTube Poop community as a whole. Poopers should weave a tough skin and to not take any criticisms personally, as the only way to learn how to improve is to know where one’s weaknesses lie. Plus, the idea of being able to take sage advice from other poopers who will gladly help you with both respect and encouragement, can only be a good thing. Like anything creative, the creator should crave constructive criticism so they can hone their skills, smooth out the wrinkles, and produce the best damn poops they can. It should also be noted that if you disagree with someone’s critique, you have every right to ignore them. How you receive criticism and how you approach it depends on your judgement alone. Consider all the arguments, weigh up all the options and choose your path.   

Critiquing YouTube Poop is definitely challenging, but by no means impossible. And knowing that, we can all do our part to advise and encourage each other to contribute awesome videos to add to the foundations and help carry the legacy of this ridiculously stupid, but incredibly fun hobby.  

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I think YTP can (and will) be critiqued, Just as everyday art is critiqued.

I do believe that there is a such thing as a "Good" or "Bad" YTP. Whether you like it or not is personal taste, and personal taste is formed by creating opinions through experiences and analysis of your        particular subject of interest. (i.e. YTP.)

If you have been watching YTP's for many years, then chances are that you would be somewhat more critical towards YTP's in general. Whereas a YTP newcomer wouldn't have as much to compare the particular video too. Thus, they would think higher of it. 

Same thing goes with actual content. Different people have different expectations, Thus they will critique it differently.

I do think YTP can be critiqued, but due to its random and limitless nature, it can be difficult to do so.

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It's hard to decide whether a poop is bad or not. It usually narrows down to three questions:

1. Was it well edited?

2. Did it have variety?

3. Was it at least funny?

If the answer of the three is no, the YTP is mostly likely bad.

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i definitely think that you can critique youtube poop. there are different styles for sure, and different ideas on how to interpret the loose "rules" of ytp - i legitimately think its an art form and i wish i could say that w/o sounding pretentious

if we can so easily point out the difference between, for example, my videos (lots of sentence mixing and stutter loops with little visual effects) to the aforementioned ABITW's, which are very heavy on visual effects, than we can easily critique youtube poop.

the problem is when people think you can only poop one way so they base their critique on what they want to see or the videos they like to make. the important thing to remember is, like any art form with this loose of a ruleset or visual aesthetic, to try and be objective and see why they chose to remix the video that way.

or maybe im full of shit, lol, who knows

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There has to be criticism. Are you telling me if the majority of people found the video unenjoyable, is it not objectively bad? Not every movie is liked or dislike, and cinema could still be considered lacking structure. 

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9 hours ago, MrThisucks said:

Are you telling me if the majority of people found the video unenjoyable, is it not objectively bad?

For something as niched as YTP, majority of opinion is nonsense honestly. The thing is, even the most poorly edited video can find someone that likes it (maybe in a "so bad it's good way"), because since YTP has always had that sense of randomness and "i don't give a fuck about what's supposed to be pretty or in good taste" attitude, it works.

Other than that, yeah, i agree about the fact that there has to be some criticism, but let's not forget that nobody knows better than anybody else about YTP. There's no YTP specialists, YTP gods or elevated YTP critics. There's only a bunch of people that likes YTP and that have their opinion. Hearing their opinion is interesting, but when it becomes a trope or a "rule" ("Youtube Poops have to be funny" and the like), that's when things are getting nonsensical in my opinion.

Other than that, great article Bio, really insightful. Honored to have one of my videos featured in it.

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A simple answer: It can sometimes can be critiqued. A complex answer, we'll see at the bottom of the page.

 

YouTube Poop can sometimes be critiqued. For example, I uploaded a 2-second poop, and 2 people complained that it was shit, although it was a collab entry to the cancelled 4th scrambled ear rape collab (It was cancelled because a person already hosted one).

Despite YTPs being funny to newcomers back in 2007, 2008, or 2009, they're just CD-i Poops such as Hotel Mario, The Legend of Zelda: Wand of Gamelon, The Legend of Link: The Faces of Evil, and possibly Zelda's Adventure. All other criticizing people has to say in the comments section "YTPs has to be funny" or "YTPs are stupid as fuck".

As usual, most people think that YouTube Poop is really good. They laughed at some parts like that Spongebob said Mario Head's quote "Okey dokey princess, it'sa your time to play!". But some criticizing people and my sister is not most people. They are YTP haters, and I don't like YTP haters (expect my sister). Numerously, they criticize certain YTPs whenever they know it or not.

So yeah, YouTube Poop can be critiqued, YouTube Poop can be enjoyable. Strict arguments (like SammyClassicSonicFan, there's a Stop Hating on Sonic video) on YouTube Poops doesn't help the criticizing people on liking YouTube Poop whatsoever. Other than that, you made such an inspiring answer, Bio. Seems really honoring for me to make a video on a question "can Windows Never Released be critiqued".

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YTP is like artwork, in the sense of how it's perceived. 

Like many have said, it's subjective, people like what they like and it's always good to be constructive!
In a sense you can view them as you would view a movie, and like with movies, there are many timeless classics, modern greatness and sometimes guilty pleasures can come into it. 

It's complex in a sense in the kindof genre the poop is, so it's good to have an open mindset and knowing what you're walking into (for instance a tennis video or perhaps a certain YTP's own personal style). 

Everyone has their own style, which is one reason I think YTP has stayed the test of time because of the creativity of the community. And like with styles in art, directing or anything, it can be a case of "you like or you might not". 

They are worth critiquing in a fair manner. I usually have my own set of questions, though they change depending on the genre of the YTP!

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Spadinner poops and other crappy poop styles like paint jobs and slideshow poops should be critiqued. Good styles however, shouldn't be critiqued.

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Who determines what's good though? And why should some styles receive criticism over others?

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Just now, SonicGLMytp said:

Woah woah woah stop right there

Spadinner is overused. I don't hate it, but other people do.

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2 minutes ago, OmegaPC777 said:

Spadinner is overused. I don't hate it, but other people do.

which is why i said woah woah woah we got enough drama with the emplemon fuckin shit (bUT NO ONE CARES)

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5 hours ago, OmegaPC777 said:

Spadinner poops and other crappy poop styles like paint jobs and slideshow poops should be critiqued. Good styles however, shouldn't be critiqued.

10 minutes ago, SonicGLMytp said:

Woah woah woah stop right there

8 minutes ago, OmegaPC777 said:

Spadinner is overused. I don't hate it, but other people do.

7 minutes ago, SonicGLMytp said:

which is why i said woah woah woah we got enough drama with the emplemon fuckin shit (bUT NO ONE CARES)

Can someone explain me what the fuck is happening?

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Stylistic preferences are everything. I frankly don't care for most 'classic' and 'mindrape' styled YTPs. If they can tell some basic jokes and get me to laugh then every other edit that follows is just icing on the cake.

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