A few weeks ago, some kids were over my house cracking up at a video they were watching on You Tube. They called me over to the computer to watch it. Frankly, I was just thrilled to be considered cool enough to take a peek.
The video was a TV news interview at a crime scene with the brother of the victim. It’s called “Woman Wakes Up to Find an Intruder in her Bed.” Now, the guy in this video, Antoine Dodson, goes off on a rant directed at the intruder. He doesn’t mean to be as hilarious as he comes across. The kids think it’s an absolute riot.
A few days ago, I’m watching the Today Show, and guess what? This snippet of the newscast has been set to music and now this new video called the Bed Intruder Song has received the most hits — ever. It is ahead of Lady Gaga on the iTunes chart. This guy from the crime scene has become a star.
That’s the power of teens. They are avid You Tube watchers and have the influence to rocket anyone to stardom. Look at what they did for Justin Bieber?
My daughter has explained to me that there are teens who are considered You Tube famous. This guy, Shane Dawson, now YouTube famous for his PG-13 comedy, has managed to get Hot Topic to sell his t-shirts. And course there’s Fred, a kid with a squeaky weird voice who grabbed his mom’s video camera, made some funny videos that have gotten more than 45 million hits.
I kind of worry though, is this kind of power a good thing? Are these teens developing an obsession with fame? Do they think that all it takes is a video camera and an attitude? I think they do. They really don’t understand that enduring fame requires talent and hard work, at least not when you can get millions of hits from ranting at a crime scene or talking in a weird voice.
What do you think about this new power that teens hold to create viral popularity — good or bad?