Hey netizens, please, *please* stop doing unpaid marketing work for YouTube by embedding their videos on your websites. I understand continuing to upload videos there to reach the large audience that already use it, but that doesn't mean you have to link to them. If you also upload your videos on a instance, or some other more independent video host, and embed those on your sites, you can help to grow the audience for ethical video hosting networks.

@strypey Another option: host the videos yourself.

It doesn't have to be complicated, just put the file on your server and link to it with a <video controls> tag.

> on your server

I don't have a server. Most net users don't have a server. If publishing text on the web, let alone video, required having a server, the net would still be a niche medium for geeks like it was in the early 90s.

In the early 90s, I had an internet service provider who gave everybody their own server automatically, just needed to follow some easy config instructions. As usual, the tech world has been crapified...


@bhaugen I feel like there's some lost history there, of exactly how and why this happened. When I got online in the late 90s, I feel like this was still kind of a thing. But they had also started offering much cheaper "all you can eat" net connections to people who just wanted to browse and chat. That made the net much more accessible to more people, but at the expense of the ability to be a first class netizen.

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