I grew up alongside the Internet, experiencing its odd growing pains and rebellions in a way future generations likely won’t even read about. For people older than me, the changes are likely not significant, and for people younger than me, the term “walled garden” is a complete mystery.
While I could go on a long-winded recount of how the Internet became the nebulous beast it is today, I would rather talk about flash videos. Because, why the hell not?
You can chart the Internet’s evolution by how people choose to view their memes and silly videos. In the mysterious and dangerous days before YouTube, viewing comical flash videos wasn’t an easy thing. You can to go to specialized sites like Albino BlackSheep and JibJab to watch silly animations.
YouTube circumvented that nicely. Loading sites dedicated to Flash videos was a laborious process, and finding one that wasn’t riddled full of spyware was next to impossible. YouTube allowed all the stupid timewasters people wanted to watch while at work to rest comfortably in a largely safe home.
I was particularly fond of Albino BlackSheep when I was in high school. I was also very guilty of indulging in YTMD. Cameron just shook his head at me when he caught me watching “How to prank a telemarketer.”
Anyway, this is simply a silly preamble for a dump of flash videos now on YouTube. My favorites, you see: