Summary of Streampunks
STREAMPUNKS: YouTube and the Rebels Remaking Media by Robert Kyncl, with Maany Peyvan. Copyright © 2017 by RKapital, LLC and Seppia LLC. Published by arrangement with HarperBusiness, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl, writing with Google lead writer Maany Peyvan, offers an overview of YouTube’s origins, operations, philosophy and methods of earning revenue. The authors provide colorful anecdotes and astonishing statistics that show the breathtaking, unprecedented scale of YouTube’s viewership and its fans’ participation in the company’s rise. Kyncl and Peyvan honor the content creators whose original programming is a foundational aspect of YouTube’s success. The authors position their work as a deep dive into YouTube, and they succeed, but their book is also a platform for YouTube’s explanations of various unpopular or misunderstood policies. Not all readers will embrace the authors’ admiration, but Kyncl and Peyvan provide genuine insight into YouTube’s thinking and the interactions among the company, its program creators and its viewers. Anyone interested in new or future media will find this book fascinating.
About the Authors
YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl is the former vice president of content acquisitions at Netflix. As Google’s lead writer, Maany Peyvan creates editorial and social content and heads speechwriting for YouTube.