Hi Nitish Jha Thanks for all the responses ;)

Completely agree with you. Many people have been inspired to become and artist thanks to tutorials, videos, etc. I tried to be ironic with that phrase. Some people believe that simply watching a video will automatically turn them into an expert (artist or whatever).

My son, for example, has built lots of stuff that he learned by watching DYI videos. Initially, he thought that after watching a video building something would be a piece of cake. When he jumped into action, he realized that is was harder than he expected. He got very frustrated until he realized he had to practice to learn. He had to do additional research online to figure out details of what he has building that were that clearly explained on the original video.

Over-simplification is the problem I see. It’s a consequence of thinking of technology as a shortcut. You can learn the notes, how to put your fingers on a guitar string but that doesn’t necessarily mean you know how to play well.

Last week I was invited to a friend’s house for dinner. He cooked something following a Tasty video. The dish was awful. My friend is not a good cook, he simply followed the instructions. But he didn’t know the basic cooking techniques and principles. This is not a new phenomenon. Recipes always existed in different shapes or forms. Online videos have simply made things more ubiquitous, which is good.

My point is that simply following a recipe won’t turn someone into a great cook. Learning the basics of every craft is critical to become good at something. And then comes practice. It takes time and practice to master something.

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

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