Groundbreaking essays and eloquent commentaries have almost certainly been written on this issue, but I'm just looking for some real talk. Can we all agree that nothing new has really happened since the cultural moment that produced America's Funniest Home Videos? I mean sure the devices we're using to film our dumbassery are more powerful and ubiquitous. And yeah we don't have to go through Bob Saget to get them out there anymore. But the way we use all those camera apps, Vine and now Google Glass seems so eerily similar to what people instinctually began pointing their camcorders at in the 80s.
I am definitely not saying that video can't be productive. Of course it can be and often is. I just can't believe how succinctly one TV show foreshadowed Internet culture: cute kids, weird kids, general clumsiness, cats, weed wackers and all. What did you think of it when it was airing in the 90s and on? Did you know that the circle was completed four months ago when AFV got its own YouTube channel? Reflect on being kicked in the crotch by a donkey below.