A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Videos that show people hurting themselves or in humiliating circumstances have been some of the recent popular videos. Other videos are completely fine.
Violence & Scariness
Violent videos include horror movie clips, anime, and homemade graphic stunts. However, many videos don't include any violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The lack of age-verification safety nets mean any viewer can easily watch sexually explicit content -- and there's plenty of it. But, there are a lot of clean videos, too.
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Language can be explicit in videos. Also, even age-appropriate videos often include offensive and lewd comments from viewers. On the other hand, not all videos have bad language and/or comments.
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Products & Purchases
Video commercials play beside videos and many videos submitted by companies either for product advertising (i.e. Kraft's "Sandwich in Disguise") or Web site promotion (one video of a woman stripping promotes an adult video site). Movie trailers are also prominent.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
All three can be seen on user submitted videos, and some show underage drinking. Some videos are drug- and alocohol-free.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this video site offers no warning about the content, perhaps because pornography, extreme violence, and all-out nudity are prohibited on the site. But, this doesn't mean that all the videos are suitable for all ages. Many include graphic, adults-only footage, and it's hard to surf around without seeing half-naked gyrating women, horror movie clips, explicit music videos, and violent acts. That said, there are also some really funny, smart, and interesting clips, too. Members can link directly to their MySpace page from their video and some of the members' comments could get a little inappropriate.
Is It Any Good?
MySpace members' opinions are often littered with profanity, and members' photos can be vulgar or sexually explicit; links to personal MySpace pages are common. Like YouTube, MySpaceTV, is full of weird, wacky, and timely videos. There are the usual "baby passing gas" videos, out-of-tune karaoke singers, concert footage, and homemade serial dramas.
But, there are also videos of naked anime characters, women dressed in G-strings wrestling, and strippers "taking it all off," and there's no warning for explicit content. Although there's more sexual stuff than violent content on the site, gangsta rap videos and violent video game clips (Grand Theft Auto) can easily be accessed with a simple keyword search.
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