Ypulse Essentials: 'True Life' Occupies Wall Street, Student Debt Rises (Again), Disney's Deal With YouTube

True Life: I'm Occupying Wall StreetMTV aired the latest episode of its ‘True Life’ documentary series over the weekend (focusing on the young people protesting in Zuccotti Park. The episode seems to have the same issues as the Occupy Wall Street movement itself: a lack of clear focus or purpose. The young subjects of the documentary are eager to affect social change, but have little plan in how to do so. Instead, they celebrate little victories, like not getting kicked out of the park on cleaning day. Recent data from Pew suggests Millennials don’t think political change is brought about by elections: only 17% are following election news closely, and a mere 13% are giving a lot of thought to candidates. Both figures are down substantially from 2007) (Slate) (Flavorwire) (WaPo)

- Maybe all those students at Occupy Wall Street (should get behind lowering student debt. Non-profit Institute for College Access and Success released new data showing the average college student graduates with $25,250 in student loan debt, up 5% since 2009. As student debt continues to grow, not necessarily in proportion with the value of a college education, some are beginning to speculate that higher education is the next bubble market) (The Street) (Yahoo!)

- Disney and YouTube have forged a $10 million deal (for a co-branded channel which will feature eight different Web series, starting with Swampy from the app “Where’s My Water.” This might seem like no big deal, but it points to weaknesses that both companies are attempting to correct. In the case of Disney, a weakness on the Web: its Disney Interactive arm has been losing millions each quarter. In the case of YouTube, it lacks credibility with parents who are wary of allowing their children to surf the open network where cute cartoons mix with less savory content. In other Disney news, it will be launching FamilyFun Kids, a bimonthly magazine for kids aged 6-12, encouraging them to keep their hands and minds busy with crafts, puzzles, imaginative games, and brain teasers) (Gizmodo) (Kidscreen)

- The 7” Tablet War is officially on with Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet taking direct aim at Amazon’s Kindle Fire (offering similar functionality with a more powerful processor and more storage space. The Nook Tablet also carries a slightly higher price tag — $249 vs. $199 for the Fire. Amazon is poised to make a big dent in the mini-tablet market with its strong name recognition, and Barnes & Noble’s Nook doesn’t want to fall behind after becoming the second best selling tablet after the iPad) (Mashable)

- Google+ hasn’t given up the social media fight yet (launching its own version of brand pages, which Ad Age acknowledges aren’t much different from the brand pages Facebook debuted four years ago. But the difference which could make Google+‘s brand pages more successful is how visitors use the site and its integration with Google’s other services. Speaking of social media, YouTube may dominate in terms of online video viewers, with others trailing far behind, but Facebook has quietly amassed the fourth largest online video audience, topping even Hulu) (Clickz)

- Instagram is a favorite photo app of many (for making all your photos look like they were taken in 1977, and it’s about to add video sharing services to its offerings. So now all your videos can look like they’re home movies from the 70s, too!) (BusinessInsider via PSFK)

- If all that serious news above was a little too much for a Monday… (Here’s a mashup of the year in pop music. 2011 was apparently the year of “tonight,” which makes perfect sense as young pop fans want to live in the moment and forget about their uncertain futures) (Popdust)

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