We all remember Charlie Bit My Finger.
The one-minute video was uploaded to YouTube by Howard Davies-Carr in 2007. It shows one of his boys exclaiming that the other had bitten his finger and was a viral phenomenon, viewed 826,985,053 times at last count.
In case there was any doubt that this video is important, it has its own Wikipedia page. So yeah, it’s a big fucking deal.
It also sparked a phenomenon which can now be known as ‘viral-itis’.
‘Viral-itis’ is the condition that is defined (by me) as:
The act of trying desperately to become a YouTube/Facebook/Twitter/Internet sensation by uploading an infinite number of things online until one ultimately makes you famous.*
*Video may or may not be very, very staged.
There have been some wonderful examples of this phenomenon over the years.
Many of these have come in the form of weddings.
Specifically: proposals, speeches and dances that are so ‘unstaged’ and ‘spontaneous’ and ‘romantic’ that they just happened to be captured on someone’s pre-prepared iPhone and have probably been uploaded to YouTube about three minutes after they had occurred.
Because that’s what love really means, you unromantic jerks.
However, the viral-itis plague hasn’t stopped here.
Anyone seen a hilarious dance move fail recently? Yeah. Me too. And I’m calling bullshit on most of them.
Viral-itis is among many of these dance failures, and the symptoms are shocking…ly staged.