I’ve never gotten into online videos like some of my friends. Don’t get me wrong, I have spent many an hour on YouTube or Google Video. And there have definitely been many hidden gems among the piles of nonsense and online porn. I am definitely in the camp that suggests online videos are playing an important role in society currently, especially in changing our ideas of what an “author” is and encouraging diversity of ideas.
I think the Webby Awards agree with me, as they have acknowledged the 12 most influential online videos spanning from 1996 to 2006. Any organization that recognizes a fat kid dancing around his room with a pole and pretending it’s a light saber or a chicken that does whatever you tell it to do gets the thumbs up in my book. I just can’t believe they didn’t include this video, one of my favorites of all time: