Where are those cat videos now, Brian Williams?
We avidly track YouTube’s most-watched videos page, and it seems YouTube turned a yet another corner with Saddam Hussein‘s “hasty” hanging this weekend. The networks — like one TVNewser “insider” surmised — seemed to react to what footage was surfacing on YouTube and elsewhere, and often used its Web proliferation as a starting point, putting YouTube in the crosshairs of an international story. The Daily Reel put it this way:
The execution of Saddam Hussein is one of the most watched videos on the Internet. Not since Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s death by stingray attack has a snuff video been so widely disseminated across the web.
Until now, YouTube’s chief concern has been growing while simultaneously traversing a mine-field of copyright infringement. But taking the temperature of YouTube’s “most-watched” page, Google’s $1.65 billion toy faces a bigger problem than copyright issues: Sex and, moreover, clip-spam: