By: Alyssa N. 

Before YouTube was created back in 2005, there was really no way to watch videos online. You basically had to make a video and upload it to your own website, which ended up being difficult for most people. But at that time, most people watched TV. According to The Atlantic, In fact, TV watching peaked in the early 2000’s. 
YouTube was first created in 2005. The first YouTube video was uploaded on April 25th, 2005 and YouTube took off. But soon after, the website began to quickly attract viewers and more videos were uploaded every single day. And nothing has stopped since, YouTube has become a mainstream site for videos and millions of people enjoy it. So, how has YouTube become the modern TV? 
Well, nowadays, we have more access to the Internet, and since Google bought YouTube on November 13th, 2006, it’s become easier to access YouTube. So, what to watch? Let’s say you want to you want to see a movie. You have a few options to find movies. You could – a-  Rent a movie, b - watch one on TV or c- find one on YouTube. Now, depending on what’s on TV there might not be any choices. So option b is out.  
If you don’t have the time to go to a Redbox to rent a movie or you physically can’t get there, option a might not be the best. Then, you could look on YouTube. More often than not,  movie you want to watch will be there. You just have to look it up and somebody would have uploaded it there.  
Another reason as to how YouTube has become the modern TV are TV shows. There are a ton of shows on TV, but let’s say that you missed an episode of your favorite TV show because of a power outage and when you get the power back, another new episode has aired. You might be able to go watch your episode online and watch the new aired episode while you’re at it. 
Now, keep in mind just because something is on YouTube it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t illegally uploaded. Watch out for pirated copies of content. Online piracy happens when someone shares a piece of media that has a copyright, like a song or a movie, without getting permission from the person who owns it or created it.  
Since YouTube has become incredibly popular over the years, I think time watching TV has slowly diminished. In my opinion, probably by the year 2050, TV as we know it will be non-existent because who needs TV when you have YouTube that you can quickly access?  

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