Need an in-depth review of the new 2016 Gerber Mk II hatchet? How about a 40-minute guide on how to distill Birch bark to make lamp oil? You are in luck because YouTube is a streaming video resource for all the skills you'll need once streaming video is completely inaccessible due to the total collapse of our modern infrastructure. Great thinking, guys.
At its best it's like a more-accessible version of The Travel Channel, at its worst it's more painfully dull than your Aunt's tourist photos. Maybe it's pure jealousy talking, but this 5-part series on Hong Kong's nightlife is making me feel less like a citizen of the world and more like a "broke, old, and stressed out goober on his laptop".
Ugh. I understand the appeal. The prank video promises "raw" reactions and a chance to see humanity at its most primally scared or angry. Yet in practice it's all smoke and mirrors. Every time it's either too staged and fake to be taken seriously ("Murder My Best Friend's Son PRANK"), or even worse it's too real and you see YouTubers genuinely fucking with people like the homeless or fast food employees while they make money off the car insurance pre-roll ads. This is also the same genre that spawned the gross "ass-grabbing strangers" videos that STILL make my skin crawl.
Right now there's thousands of videos claiming to be the unabashed truth that will lift us all from the veil of illusion and show us the metaphysical war that rages around us. Governments, aliens, and the spirit world all working against us and we can only fight back if we OPEN OUR EYES SHEEPLE. In reality we get grainy footage, misleading titles, and the dissociated ramblings of people that just KNOW the entire world is out to get THEM. Any opposition entrenches them further, not even Jet Fuel could melt their resolve.
Now that the great conflict of Fine Bros. V Everybody is over, can we talk about how the real enemy is lazy, repetitive and cookie-cutter reaction videos? Literally the easiest type of video to make, every new trailer or announcement ends up with hundreds of "Reaction" videos clogging search results when you're looking for genuine information/content. There's room for commentators giving their takes on recent events, and some of the candid reaction videos (like filming your parents when they first watch "The Red Wedding" on Game of Thrones) are enjoyable. It's the people grabbing their hair in a dimly lit bedroom trying their damndest to go "viral" that need to stop ASAP.