YouTube Comments: The Ultimate Proof of Human Idiocy
August 11, 2008
Reading YouTube comments is like reading the text messages between a 13-year-old girl and a klansman.
Nowhere is it more evident the average citizen cannot handle the responsibility of an open forum.
YouTube’s core offering is great. It enables anybody to post and share videos ranging from humorous to inspiring. You can literally spend a lifetime sifting through entertaining videos.
With roughly 80 million videos and 3 billion video views, YouTube currently eats up more bandwidth than the entire internet in 2000.
With the masses comes idiocy, and intellects such as myself are subjected to the immaterial ramblings of teenyboppers and the offensive condemnations of racists.
The typical comment thread for a YouTube video starts innocently enough. Say we’re checking out something as harmless as a sneezing panda (20 million people have).
The comments start like this…
surferchick12: LMAO! the mom is like WTF!!!!!!!!111
xXxPokemonxXx: awww look at the baby panda ROFL ;) hahaha LOL
It then turns political…
GreenGi2l02: whats so funny about animals in captivity??
Dave-O: Stupid liberals always trying to free lame animals. Eat pandas.
Then a couple off-topic notes…
dancefreak66: The Peruvian government cuts down 1,300 acres of forest every day. Click here to stop them.
lovematenow: You have a secret crush! Paste this message into 8 other comment sections to learn who loves you!
And then it turns ugly…
the_answer3: 9/11 was great day ever. Americans burn with Bush’s actions. Your imperialism will be your end.
Eagleface: shut up you brit. you all have small pen1s and you know it!
ShaFeLeR00: Hang minorities.
YouTube tried fixing this by adding a voting system similar to Digg’s, but this only put a band aid on the problem. Google, who now owns YouTube, does a decent job filtering spam on its other platforms but not with YouTube.
Only a masochist gets pleasure out of reading these things. But in a way, it’s like watching two morbidly obese women wrestle in a pool of baby oil—a horrendous sight, yet you just can’t look away.