YouTube is a great place to see some of the Internet’s dumbest videos, but its lack of quality requirements occasionally results in some of the most off-putting, frustrating entertainment available. Here are four common types of YouTube videos that are well beyond the normal realm of stupid.
1.Video responses. There’s an entire community of YouTube users that like nothing more than vehemently posting videos of themselves on a soapbox, berating or agreeing with their fellow YouTubers. The cute girls that do this get a lot of comments. The dudes who post this get a lot of “ur a fag” comments and pretty much nothing else. Why do they feel the need to post videos of themselves talking? Maybe they’re very interesting individuals with something crucial to say. More often than not, though, they’re just people who don’t understand how their keyboards work, and want to express their anger at Firefly’s cancellation to a large audience.
2. Awesome videos with terrible music. YouTube is filled with plenty of great videos of people falling into things and hurting various parts of their bodies, videos that don’t need anything but the sweet sound of cracking nuts and panicked grunts to make them hilariously perfect schadenfreude. These videos need nothing, especially not a blaring Saliva song replacing the original audio, but some iMovie geniuses out there seem to forget that. YouTube, to them, is a place to show off their awesome nu-metal collection, and in the process ruin something simple and beautiful.
3. Videos where people record their television sets. I’m not sure how much a DVR or a video capture card costs these days, but really it can’t be more than a hundred bucks or so. Many camcorders even have video ins. YouTube uploaders seem to forget this, and instead point their damned camcorders at their television sets and film them, rather than use the minimal technicaly knowledge required to pirate television shows and movies correctly. Here’s a tip: if you’re going to film your television, there are probably other, better things that you could be doing. Go find out what they are.
4. Poorly cut videos. If at some point in a video, a woman slips on a banana peel, how about cutting out the five and a half minutes where nobody’s slipping on a banana peel? That is, if you insist on calling your video, “woman slips on banana peel.” Come on. I should not have to tell you this. This should be common inference among the YouTube crowd, instead of a guarded secret of Video Editing 101. I know that you’ve got Windows Movie Editor on that computer of yours. Let’s see you put it to some good use.
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