I love these videos. They give me a warm and fuzzy about the intrinsic good nature of people and how we're all really the same inside. That is, we all love to be internet famous!
When Matt started these videos it was just him. Then lots of people got the warm and fuzzies for him and so a company paid him to do it again. And then a company paid him again to do it with lots and lots of people around the world!
Maybe I'm seeing the Matt phenomenon all wrong. Maybe we can choose to see something more profound going on. We can choose to believe that while yes we are a people fueled by the number of "likes" we get on a status update or the number of comments we get on a post, that the reason we are powered by those things goes deeper than pride or hubris. Perhaps it is that we as a people are looking for a way to connect with all the other people out there. Yes, a "like" validates what you're thinking/feeling/judging, but it also says there are people out there like you whom you could talk to and become close to.
Tomorrow HBO is airing what looks to be an amazing documentary about one of the pioneering breakout viral internet celebrities, Chris Crocker (http://meatthezoo.tv/#). 1/8000th of the number of people who followed his story tuned in to mine and I know my life was irrevocabley changed (for the better, please keep reading!) but I can only imagine how completely his world was turned around.
Maybe Chris will have all the answers for us. Why do we love the attention? Why do we creave the connection? If he does, I really will leave Britney alone, but I make no promises about Drew - who has still remained quite elusive at the Doctor's office. I'm going to have to try and sneak a peak at the booking screen. I wonder if she uses an alias to book, like Charlie Firestarter or Ivy Awesome.