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YTMND

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Instant Internet pop culture. Not for kids.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

If you watch enough of these, you'll see many racial, religious, cultural, and gender groups slurred.

Violence

Both cartoon and real violence are shown. A realistic snuff film shows a bound woman being shot in the head (is that blood or chocolate syrup?).

Sex

User-supplied content is sometimes NSFW ("Not Safe for Work").

Language

Some of the user-supplied content includes vulgarities and hate speech, including the n-word.

Consumerism

Google ads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

All three, including a Photoshopped image of Harry Potter drinking a beer alongside Hermione and Ron smoking weed while "How Could This Happen to Me?" plays.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site isn't suitable for kids due to the user-supplied content, which often features vulgarities, hate speech, violence, and more.

What's it about?

For those who pursue dreams of creating instant Internet pop culture, YTMND.com is a must-see destination. The idea is simple. Users are invited to use the free YTMND tool to take a photo or graphic, give it a caption, \"tile\" it many times on the screen, and slap a soundtrack on it. Usually the sound is more of an endlessly repeating short catchphrase or song fragment that has something to do with the picture chosen. Some of the submissions become instant Internet \"hits,\" passed around via email and linked to by other Web sites.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The problem with the site is obvious. Users create and submit all sorts of things, from Scientology exposés to bestiality. For example, one features a Photoshopped image of Harry Potter drinking a beer alongside Hermione and Ron (who are smoking weed) while "How Could This Happen to Me?" plays ("How could this happen to me/I've made my mistakes/Got nowhere to run"/etc.) The same tune is used for "Bambi's Suicide," a photo of a dead deer mangled on the highway. Another shows apparent news footage of a man in a spinning, burning wheelchair (as Dead or Alive cheerily sings, "You spin me right round, baby, right round...").

To be fair, you have to put in your 18-and-over birthdate to see the "NSFW" (Not Safe for Work) sites, but that's all that stands between your young kids and a cartoon of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine in which the Genie makes an obscene suggestion over and over and ... well, you get the idea.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why people laugh at the expense of others. Where's the line between poking fun and hurting someone's feelings?

Website details

Genre:Blogging
Pricing structure:Free

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Adult Written byytmnd_lover May 9, 2009

From an avid YTMND user and author

As an avid YTMND user I would like to chime in on my thoughts. YTMND encourages creativity by allowing users to create sites. Because YTMND is 100% user created content like youtube or wikipedia YTMND has contents of all maturity levels. The content on YTMND is no better or worse than any public forum with user created content like youtube. In fact much of the content on YTMND are just "mash-ups" or parodies of content from from youtube or the news. To understand the merits of user created content, I highly recommend looking at the YTMND's hall of fame. And as always the best way to know what your kids are looking at on the internet is to browse with them. http://ytmnd.com/users/alphasuede/sites
Kid, 7 years old April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written bytamamaroro April 27, 2009

EPIC WIN.

The internet at it's finest. NEDM and all that stuff.

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