If megaporn downloads goes well, you get to watch somebody experience the fleeting but hearty joy that only a particularly good YouTube video can offer. Ben Sinclair decided to have that experience over and over this summer, emailing his friends asking for YouTube video recommendations as research for a forthcoming episode of his HBO show, High Maintenance.
The result is a crowdsourced Google spreadsheet of nearly videos. Sinclair also talked about the snap-judging that happens when you ask everybody you know, effectively, to reveal their true sense of humor.
Like, that right there is youtube like so human. This video of a woman giving instructions on how to massage a cat while staring straight into the camera seemingly without blinking … possibly the most upsetting.
The project was also about grappling with how pervasive and often necessary technology has become in fuck culture — YouTube videos are fun, but they are also brought to us on a problematic platform owned by a fraught tech giant — while also trying to get more offline.
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I try to rise above that and get on the, you know, spiritual plane. It affected how we think about ourselves, and our psychology, and all of that shit. You know when people used to hand around dubbed VHS tapes? It felt so much more exclusive, because of the relationships you had youtube the fuck you knew. I think it would be fun to have this as like, a pre-made party YouTube playlist.