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I’ve to admit that I hang too much on Youtube. In this post, I tell you why (besides being a mild media addict). And I tell you why I want to write a Netnography in English about the German-English Youtube. Maybe you’ll see why Youtube can be a nice Tool for a social / data scientist. I’m not on Youtube to watch stupid cat-videos or fail Compilations but to watch incredible videos on a broad variety of topics such as philosophy, politics, programming or economics. This is mostly unprofessional content in the classical sense because it features Humor. Unlike in the American tradition, there is almost a dislike for a good delivery in the German academia. It’s like you laugh in your free time, but this is science, pal. Serious business. You gotta make EVERYTHING perfect and unless it’s perfect you shouldn’t consider starting a study. I call out that is the common Postmodern Bullshit. You learn while you make mistakes and even though you have to learn YEARS you have to take risk to get anywhere high. On Youtube, I can watch what I want whenever I want. Without the Internet, you had only the Mainstream Media and the limited circle of people you know from university, work, a party or school. And – let’s face it – it is seldom that you meet genuinely interesting people that want to talk exactly about what you want to talk about. Alas, Youtube can be more than a filter bubble. I can be the so much needed intellectual food for the starving neomaniac. You find videos on every group you could ever which to observe as a researcher – made by people from within these groups. This includes for example groups about Politics, obscure Hobbies, News, Podcasts (Joe Rogan), all sorts of Conspiracy Theories, new Music (…). There are a lot of opinions and viewpoints out there! You can definitely use them as a begin for a study. And you can download your Data (plus stats) while being still at home (use youtube-dl). Nice, huh? So… now that we have established that Youtube is great for science… what is the first thing I’ll make a study about? You’ll see it next Saturday (Saturday is now NoY day). Why do I want to write in English instead of German? A. As you can see I still need to improve my English — and what’s better training as writing a text what others could read? B. Much more Readers.