My Dirty Little YouTube Secret

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My Dirty Little YouTube Secret

OK, so this is probably going to be one of those posts that people may put down to drunk-writing, but I can assure you I’ve not been drinking. Still, it’s probably one of those things that one should not admit out loud let alone publish on a blog. But I’m going to anyway. So here goes…”Hi everyone, my name’s Jay and I’m addicted to YouTube Rewind videos”. Well, not exactly all Rewind videos, as I don’t care much for 2011 and 2012 (sorry Rebecca Black and Psy) but I loved, loved, loved the 2013 one. That has over 103 million views, and I’m pretty sure I’m responsible for a good number of those! At this time of the year most people may be excited about Christmas or New Year’s Eve, well, I’ve been waiting for Rewind 2014 and I finally watched it last night. A YouTube Rewind video is where they showcase the most popular video and music trends of the year.

I’ve always been one of those people who love to watch any recap or ‘best of’ video. The only part of the Oscars I watch is that video that shows all the people that died in the last year, even though it always makes me cry and I’ve never heard of the majority of the people. I love looking back at the year and I guess I tend to do an internal ‘Jay’s Past Year Rewind’ at the end of every year. I even made a Rewind video for my nephew’s first birthday about the first year of his life.

I haven’t watched television for about 5 years now. I still watched shows, but in their entirety at the end of each season. For the last year and a half, I haven’t even done that. (Miss you Sam and Dean – hope you’re still fighting the good fight!) However, I have watched a lot of YouTube videos. I mean A LOT. So when I came across Rewind 2013 on an episode of Teens React, I loved it! So many of my favourite YouTubers were in it and while I have to admit that at first I only knew one or two of the songs they used in their mashup, I know the whole thing very well now!

My first reaction to the 2014 one was that it wasn’t as good as the 2013 one! But after watching it several times today (yeah, that would be the addiction part) I think it did sum up the year very well and you’ll find just about everything in there. What is remarkable is that as I watch it, in my nostalgia I find just about everything that annoyed me all year wonderfully amusing. Even the ice bucket challenges and the devil baby prank. The only exceptions were the ‘Selfie’ song and that bloody song from ‘Frozen’ still annoys me like crazy…let it go already people! It was nice to see that this year’s video had a much more international feel and it was good to see London!

I’ve been told I’m mad by people who just don’t see why I love the Rewind videos, but then again, they don’t spend most of their time at home alone. There are loads of shows and series on YouTube that I love better than so much of what I’ve seen broadcast on traditional television channels. It’s nice to see all that celebrated in one video along with all the other viral madness of the year.

So check it out and see what you think! Oh and just in case you didn’t know, I write my posts at the end of the day and then they get posted the next morning. I know that there is sometimes a discrepancy between the timings I write about and the time the post is published. Sorry about that.