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Out of Hand: YouTube Amateurs and Professionals


As part of a broader regulatory regime, YouTube helps to sustain a powerful model of sincerity, bodily stability, and self-control that has its roots in 19th- and early 20th-century theatre ideologies of amateur vs. professional. Some of YouTube's most popular videos are best understood through these conjoined rubrics, including Britney Spears fan Chris Crocker's "Leave Britney Alone!" video and actor Seth Green's parody of it.