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By: Mindy Weiss

A study conducted by Pew Research revealed that the most popular videos on Youtube from January 2011 to March 2012 featured political upheavals or natural disasters. As smart-phones and other compact video-recording technology have become mainstream, they have changed the meaning of “breaking news”.  No longer do we need to rely solely on news stations to show us what is happening across the globe; just log onto Youtube and watch videos of breaking news from people who happen to be in the right place at the right time (or the wrong place at the wrong time). This is just another example of how Youtube and video technology have connected users around the world.