My Three Favorite YouTube Videos




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By Aïda Ruilova
August 11, 2010

"Black Moon–Nosebleed Scene": Stumbling upon clips of unreleased films on YouTube is like finding little gems. Black Moon features an Alice in Wonderland type character who emerges from an accident and enters a feature-length dream sequence. A truly strange film not released yet in the U.S.

"You Dun Goofed Up!": Is this the WWE? I can't tell if this is real or fake but maybe it doesn't matter. The story in a nutshell: An 11-year-old girl named Jessi Slaughter was linked to the lead singer of the band Blood on the Dance Floor on the tween gossip blog StickyDrama. Unfriendly comments were exchanged between Slaughter and members of the site, and she ended up posting a disturbingly explicit YouTube video in response. People began to mock her online, and she and her father respond in this video.

"Forry Sings Marlene": Tribute videos have popped up all over YouTube. There's something endearing but a little weird to me about this one. Someone has shot a video of Forrest Ackerman, legendary publisher of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, singing "Falling in Love Again."

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1.Aïda Ruilova
August 17, 2010 12:29 AM
Zoe,
I entered the Slaughter narrative backwards—the first video I saw was her
father and her responding to the "Internet." Taken out of context, it didn't seem real. I watched the first video of Jesse in which she collectively tells the Internet to "f--- off." The disparity/disconnect between the two was extreme. Jesse feels safe in her bedroom speaking to the world, untouched and free to say anything she wants. In the second video you see how that safe distance has collapsed. It does bring up interesting questions about the Internet and the safe distance we think we have when we put something out there/online. Also, the notion of narrative and how we navigate information from different entry points to understand what is in front of us.
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2.Zoe
August 15, 2010 10:30 PM
The video of Jessi Slaughter and her father is real. She wasn't just mocked online, she was targeted and harassed by members of the website 4chan.org. They found her home address, phone number, and email, and threatened her with assault, rape and death. It was a case of extreme bullying. Why would you like this?

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