Like most innovative new technologies, Hulu starts with a funny name (there are only so many URLs left, you know). But this might be the biggest thing you haven’t heard of — yet. Hulu was set up by a comglomorate of major tv networks as a way to share their content online while maintaining some control over it. It’s their answer to YouTube.
Will it work? Wired magazine thinks so. What seemed like mission impossible may, in fact, be working. Hulu hasn’t entered the public consciousness in the same way YouTube has, and the former is a much more controlled environment than the Wild West of the latter, which is by design. But the depth of content that has finally been made available is hard to beat.
Why is this of concern to ESL teachers? Well, I’m not proposing that you have your students watch a couple of seasons of Alf (though you could) but since our students are going to watch TV, why not direct them to things that might be relevant to classroom content. I think the first episode of Morgan Sperlock’s 30 Days, in which Morgan tries to live for 30 days on minimum wage in Columbus, Ohio, is alone worth checking out Hulu. With so much content available, there must be more worth watching. Go find it!