The Internet: Infernal Engine of Embarrassment

Sometimes you just see something that leaves you speechless. Something that defies explanation and understanding. Today I saw such a thing and it got me thinking. We now live in an age where it’s not a bad idea to be aware that anything you do might find its way on to the internet in some form. Especially embarrassing moments. It makes one wonder, when will people learn to avoid the unforgiving stare of the camera phone or camcorder?

Holy shit. These kids are a little young to understand the far reaching implications of this video. I mean wow. I hope that the person filming this for them wasn’t an adult, someone who should know better and protect these young imbeciles from making a video record of their most retarded impulses for posterity.

Now here’s a famous case, the Star Wars kid. Tragic. Sure, he made this video for his own personal enjoyment and it’s not his fault that his “friends” stole it and made him the laughing stock of the internet. Really though, chronicling such moments is just asking for trouble.

Everyone knows this guy by now. And to his credit he’s parlayed his embarrassment into a decent amount of personal and professional success, so good on him. Still, “Chocolate rain”? Did he not, at any point during the creative process, examine his lyrics? Apparently not 😉

Reality television has made an industry out of this whole phenomenon. It’s pretty much the cornerstone of reality television, embarrassment. I fully expect that eventually shows like American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance will eventually realize that their ratings would skyrocket if they merely passed over the truly talented individuals and sought out only the rejects. People love to watch epic fails.

Hmm, maybe I’ll pitch that to a network. Coming soon to FOX! it’s EPIC FAIL! Sundays at 7, 6 central.

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~ by Pagz on February 25, 2008.

6 Responses to “The Internet: Infernal Engine of Embarrassment”

  1. Would Epic Fail Guy be the host?

  2. Alright, it is really really bad that William Hung is not that much worse than Ricky Martin……

  3. I hate to break it to you, but this has been done. I don’t remember the name of the show, but it was on MTV. They made the people think that they were competing for real, but picked the worst singers to stay on the show so the winner of the prize was actually crowned worst singer ever and thought they were in an American idol type show. Cruel. Unusual. Kinda funny…. which leads me to the best advice you’ll ever get – “If you can’t sing. Don’t.”

  4. Thankfully, I sing like a fucking angel.

  5. You’re one of the lucky ones then – I just have to rely on being fucking delightful 😉

  6. i nominate Chocolate rain as the #1 most likely song to get stuck in a person’s head

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