There are exceptional people but you need to look and be discerning. Highly recommend A Canadian Beekeepers Blog. Ian is amazing. You can learn a ton from him. Also like Dave with Barnyard Bees. I have also learned a lot from Vino Farms. I would recommend his videos for new beekeepers.
Depends. When I watch Ian Steppler educating on you tube I just wish I was close enough and sit down and talk with him. Just because there is junk food in a store does not mean there is not steak.
I TOTALLY agree. I cringe when a beekeeper tells me about a technique, strategy, etc they saw on YouTube. Of course there are some reputable beekeepers that post on YouTube. But to sort through who’s legitimate and who isn’t just isn’t worth the time.
I don't watch much but maybe I should (as some have said). Even before I sell a newbee a hive, I give them a list of "books" (beekeeping for dummies is one) to read and a list of online sites (like this one) to read. I have one gent that when he calls me all he can talk about is problems he's having and what he is or isn't able to find on youtube. Now when he calls, I tell him where he can find the information in a BOOK or at a WEBSITE and DON'T text me more youtube videos on whatever he's watching that he thinks is so cool. He sent me a video the other day of him doing an inspection...I couldn't watch it after I saw him holding the frames horizontal to the ground (foundationless) and watching the bees fall off and the nectar dripping on the ground. I also allowed him to work with me twice while going through my own hives and showing him the proper way to work a hive and what brood and eggs look like. Now he says he can't see eggs or brood (told him his queen could have dropped off because of the way he was holding his frames), I told him to go find a youtube video on it.