Bored Reporters Scouring YouTube For Anything Semi-Popular To Write About
from the just-add-youtube dept
Last month, we noticed the slight oddity of news reports randomly picking up on a video that was somewhat popular on YouTube, and using that as the basis of a news article (which, in turn drove a lot more publicity to the video — leading to the false conclusion that it was YouTube that made it popular, rather than mainstream press coverage about the fact it was on YouTube). Anyway, now that we’ve hit the slow news days of August, it appears that reporters just can’t resist dipping into the YouTube popular videos pile to come up with a random story. Earlier this week, it was the 72-year-old man making YouTube videos, and today it’s apparently “How to be a chav.” It used to be that reporters actually had to keep their ear to the internet buzz circle to figure out what was going on. Now, apparently they just have to peek at the top videos on YouTube and their story is basically written.