I choose to talk about the viral video’s podcast from this weeks on the media.
This was very interesting to me because I am big into youtube weather it is songs or funny videos. I just cant seem to get enough. To learn that the idea of viral videos started and who was the patient zero. It all started from two young film school grads who made a video to be submitted to the Sundance Film Festival. The decided to put on their own screening and when a Fox Studios executive, Brian Grayton found his way in. He instantly loved it and helped the guys out. They planned a video christmas card and it was a huge hit but was totally inappropriate.
It was a battle bewteen Jesus and Santa. And now, here it is the creators of this video were the creators of the successful South Park. Trey Parker and Matt Stone. it was sent out through old school mail and VHS and copies and copies were made until one copy reached Dallas, Texas.
The tape kept multiplying and multiplying. And reached the university of Illinois; it was digitised and sent out to the whole campus. This dorm room, became ground zero for the “Viral Video” sensation. Eventually the then small Comedy Central took on the task. It took over a year to make the first episode. It exploded and it was everywhere.
Southpark might not have come to be without the college kids in Illinois. Back then sending things around wasnt as easy as it is today like sending a link on facebook or twitter. It was much more of a process to do it by snail mail.
It is cool to look back and see how the Viral Video sensation started because it seems like more and more each week viral videos are becoming a thing, like Rebecca Black’s Friday, Gangnam Style and now the Harlem Shake. Just imagine how hard it would be to make a video viral without the internet. It is a scary thought.