Reality Check

8 12 2009

by: christow

“The truth is generally seen and rarely heard”

Can you tell which videos are real and which are fake? Or are they all real?

In the 90’s and early 2000’s, CGI clearly drew the line between animations and reality. We could see with our own eyes the aliens, explosions, “twins” and space scenes and we would know the real from the movie magic. We knew when we walked into those theaters that we were paying for the entertainment of the films and we engaged in the trickery.

But now…some of that trickery has encompassed the viral realm. For those that have heard the term but are unfamiliar, viral videos are those that gain notoriety through the internet via social media or video sharing sites. Just think of videos like this and that.

For the most part, viral videos have the look and feel of being homemade and done by someone like you or me. These viral videos were able to catch some of those moments we all need to satisfy our need for entertainment or to visualize something we had heard through the grapevine. For a while Youtube delivered that void of our imagination.

And now we have this…

Marketing has now broken into the viral realm and in many facets blurred the line of reality. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy watching these videos produced or real. To me these videos serve as entertainment purposed only. My concern though is when we reach points where we do need to authenticate a video, will we be able to?

I honestly can’t tell with some of videos now because the quality of video is supposed to be low. So unless something stands out as incredibly fake or unreal I simply have to cast off most videos as entertainment and entertainment only. The best way for me to actually believe if a video is real or not is actually the source in which I find the video. There are certain blogs that I “trust” more than others and certain websites I get more assurance from. Even then I am leaving myself vulnerable to the persuasion of others, something I don’t feel all too comfortable with. What I fear are the videos that will come out that could possibly tarnish reputations and create false hysteria, so keep your eyes pealed and don’t be fooled by all the Youtube magic.

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