Dear People With Very Specific Skills Who Put Repetitive Videos Of Themselves Showing Off Those Skills YouTube,
First off, I'd just like to congratulate you all: You've created a new artform for the internet era, and for that you should be proud. I'm not going to deny that your videos are amazing, but I can't help but wonder: What did you guys do before YouTube? Did you backflip into your pants whenever more than a handful of people were in the room? Was it hard to do it live because you didn't have the luxury of editing out all the failed attempts? Did your friends & family get sick of you always trying to backflip into your pants at parties, or did they accept it as part of what made you a beautiful & unique snowflake?
Either way, you guys must be loving this whole YouTube thing, huh? You know - what with all the millions of people out there who
haven't seen you showing off your very specific skills. The view counts keep rising, the comments keep rolling in, and you're left sitting there, watching it all happen and thinking to yourself, "Gosh! These people love me! They really love me!" I'll be honest with you, people with very specific skills who put repetitive videos of themselves showing off those skills on YouTube: I'm not entirely sure why we, the YouTube viewing public, eat shit like this up with such a voracious appetite. Yes, your videos are impressive, and no, I don't think I could backflip into a pair of jeans if I wanted to, but does that really explain why these videos end up being viewed by millions of people? Are we all just jealous of your unbelievably specific skills? I don't think that completely explains it.
So why then? Why do the guys throwing bottles and
sunglasses and jumping into pants get all the internet fame while more deserving characters (like the naked Japanese guy cooking mushrooms) fall by the wayside? I'm going to take a guess: It's because people are more likely to forward a video of some guys throwing sunglasses onto each others' faces than a video of a naked Japanese guy in a horse mask cooking mushrooms. People feel comfortable sending their parents and coworkers a video of some guys doing backflips into Levi's, but a naked Japanese guy cooking mushrooms? Ehh... not so much.
So I have a challenge for you all today (and now I'm talking to all Cracked readers, not just the people with very specific skills who put repetitive videos of themselves showing off those skills on YouTube): I want you all to email the naked Japanese mushroom chef to a parent, relative, or coworker today with a message that says "Thought you would enjoy this LOL!" Let's give the weirdos their due today.
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