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Friday, December 30, 2005

Best 25 Viral Videos of 2005

[Media: Videos]

I've probably picked the worst picture possible for this post, but to hell with it. IFilm created a list of their Top 25 Viral Videos of 2005, and although I've seen a majority of them, it's still a good list. Infact a lot of the videos on the list have been posted here on I'm a Human Inbox.

One video I haven't seen before is of Frank Zappa on Crossfire in 1986, talking about objectionable lyrics in Rock music. I think the idea of censorship, especially in the US, is a discussion that has and never will change. It's been repeated again and again as we've passed through the Comic Book era, Rock and Roll, Dungeons and Dragons, Rap and now videogames. The points made by those in favor of censorship are always the same. "Won't somebody think of the Children?" Frank Zappa does a good job of articulating his point of view, although he looks like he wants to throttle the old men sitting around him.

I'll leave you with a good quote from Henry Jenkins:
First, lets put the question in some historical perspective. As we look across the history of popular culture and new media in the twentieth century, we see the same pattern recurring: each new medium is embraced by young people who are seeking out experiences which they can call uniquely their own and are often drawn towards material which shocks and titilates; parents and adults express a growing dismay because this medium was not part of their own childhood experience and they do not know how to protect their young; some kind of incident occurs which can be loosely tied to the emerging medium and we enter an era of moral panic during which people seek to "do something even if it is wrong" and end up doing the wrong things; the medium withstands a storm of controversy and attempts at regulation which go counter this country's stated support for free expression. At the end of the cycle, the generation which grew up with this medium ends up looking back nostalgically at their misbegotted youths and take as given the place of that form of popular culture as the standard against which new media experiences will be judged and this cycle starts all over again.