watch YouTube in freedom
Using the website keepvid.com, one can download the desired YouTube video and save it in .flv format. Simply select "Youtube" from the drop-down menu, paste the YouTube URL into the field, and click "Download". Soon, one should be offered a link to save the video file.
Once downloading has completed, you can play the .flv file locally using either MPlayer or the latest version of VLC (0.8.5). Note that older versions of VLC appear unable to handle this format so make sure you have the latest version installed.
Unfortunately, this process is not as convenient and relies upon the service of a website that may be gone tomorrow. But for now, those who use a free system can participate in this form of online culture using this method. If anyone knows of other ways to access the same material whilst keeping one's freedom, please comment.