Today I learned about a new script that removes the sometimes unsavory and or distracting content that can surround a Youtube video. Quietube is a website that has a script in the form of a button that can be dragged to your toolbar similar to Diigolet. To activate quietube, simply go to the video you wish to view and click on the quietube button on your toolbar.
To illustrate my point, students at our school created a wonderful parody of Miley Cyrus's Party in the USA video. It became quite viral on campus but soon inappropriate comments started to appear and some unrelated and potentially problematic videos also appeared. The comment section has since been tidied up in the before image but one can see a video about a violent protest. The after image as one can see, has none of the distractive material that surrounds the before image. And if things couldn't get better, the script also provides a shortened url which can be posted or forwarded without fear of what might appear when one goes directly to Youtube.
According to quietube, it also works with the BBC iPlayer, Viddler, and Vimeo.