SCRIPT: FROM: Voice of America's Special English08 October 2010

The video sharing website, YouTube, was created in 2005 and became an overnight success. Google bought YouTube for more than $1,600,000,000 the following year. In May, YouTube announced that two billion videos were watched each day. In June, the Guggenheim Museum in New York City announced it would hold a competition among YouTube videos. Now, the judges have chosen the top 125 videos. Mario Ritter has more. The Guggenheim and YouTube launched the competition called “YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video.” The information technology companies HP and Intel are supporting the event. 23,000 videos entered the competition. They represented 91 countries and every possible style of movie making.

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Spain. You can see them if you link to YouTube Play from our website at voaspecialenglish. The videos will be on view there until October 24. and interesting. They include artists. She says all her art starts with a story. It is very dark. and Israel. It is about a survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. and artist and filmmaker. FROM: http://www. Bilbao. angry boy. subject. sound.The rules of the competition were few. A frightening. Other judges include the filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. so she looks for a story as she judges the videos. Taiwan. and style were considered. Shirin Neshat. Video makers had to be eighteen years or older. and Cristobal Leon is called “Luis. Germany. musicians. Almost thirty countries are represented. She used the camera in her computer to record herself describing her daily food desires for one month. The video by Niles Atallah. Spain. short. People can also see the 125 videos at the Guggenheim museums in New York. It had to be no more than ten minutes long. Other chosen videos are from France. “Mars to Jupiter” is a video from Canada by Sterling Pache. Any language.com.html 5 . but beautiful video came from Chile. but impossible to stop watching. They could enter only one video. The video is simple. the band Animal Collective. the YouTube Play judges will announce the final twenty winning videos at a special event at the Guggenheim in New York. and Venice. The video explores how her past still haunts her. Italy.com/learningenglish/theclassroom/home/YouTube-Creative-VideoCompetition-Gets-23000-Entries-104596319. New Jersey artist Dahlia Elsayed’s video is one of the finalists. On October 21. Australia. Eleven people are judging the videos.” It is an animated ghostly story of a tense. Berlin. Laurie Anderson is all three. and filmmakers.voanews. Joaquin Cocina Varas.

What happened in June? 7.Why was it so expensive? 6.When will the judges announce the winning videos? 5 .How many people are judging the videos? 10.What is the competition called? 8.When was it created? 3.Which type of website is YouTube? 2.Student’s worksheet: listening test 1.When did Google buy it? 4.What are the different rules of the competition? abcd9.How much was it? 5.

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