Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Youtube Poop and the legacy of internet humor

What is YouTube Poop?

  To put it quite simply, "YouTube Poop" is a method of video editing, which became more popular as the success of the video portal, Youtube, grew. As it became the most popular video-uploading website ever, it was only natural that these strange creations would be posted, and though they are now created for humour, they were originally uploaded as an in-joke between a group of friends. To make them, all one really requires is some downloaded video and a video editor, although other things can also be added such as music.
  The definition of "YouTube Poop" is often disputed amongst fans of its creations, and creators. For example, in Rocketboom's "Know Your Meme" series (Weegee episode, 7th August 09), they stated that, "Youtube Poop are clips of cartoons and other assorted junk strung together to form nonsensical moving images on Youtube."
  For many, YouTube Poop is an art-form, which utilizes the editing of video sources to create humor, new context or more bizarre emotions and meanings. Unlike regular video editing however, "YouTube Poop" utilizes a number of specific sources, ranging from advertisements to classic cartoons, and even video games, movies, and music videos have been used to make these videos we know and love. There are a number of fads and subtypes of poop out there, but many of them revolve around these principles.
  It is generally agreed, however, that "YouTube Poop" does not refer to YouTube Poop sources set to music a la AMVs.