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Don’t Watch Lazy Reaction Videos

I finish watching an entertaining video on Youtube, mostly, when I should be doing actual work, and there it is in the suggestions list, a reaction video, complete with a goofy picture of said person watching the video. I’d probably buy Youtube Red if it meant never having that type of video suggested again.

Look, there’s nothing wrong with the concept of reaction videos, I even subscribe to a few. The first official Youtube reaction video I ever watched was a One Piece reviewer reading a chapter with a huge character reveal (Sabo, but you knew he was already alive, right?). I remember thinking how cool it was seeing someone enjoy something I enjoy too for the first time. But, the following week he did it again, to a less than eventful chapter. And, that’s when I realized reaction videos became the new abridged series.

Remember the Abridged Series Boom of 2006? LittleKuriboh’s Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series debuted to immense popularity and even greater attempts to imitate that popularity. Naruto, One Piece, Sailor Moon, and Big O were among the many, many abridged series started by YGOTAS fans eager to cut themselves a slice of sweet internet celebrity pie. If LittleKuriboh can do so can I, right? WRONG! Well, to be fair, good abridged series were created as a result of YGOTAS, Dragonball Z Abridged being one equal to, or arguably, surpassing the children’s card game battle series. I, myself, am a lover PurpleEyesWTF‘s take on One Piece. The long gone Sailor Moon abridged series was fun as well.

The problem was the ninety percent of countless unfunny abridged series gumming up the pipes. But, hey, that happens when something new explodes in popularity. TV shows, movies, toys, and music—everything and anything successful is copied ad nauseam to satisfy the people who desire more and the people who desire to provide that want, in return for money and fame usually.

Wasn’t this about reaction videos, you ask? Well, what’s left to say? Reaction videos is a trend, like many others, filled with people trying to make a name for themselves. But, I just can’t get over how incredibly lazy many “creators” are. They sit there, sometimes playing the entire contents of a video, and watch, that’s it. No witty remarks or informative commentary giving additional insight. Just sitting there and watching with the occasional laugh or mundane comment. And then there’s the other side who over hype what they’re watching like its the greatest thing ever in the history of Earth and beyond. A new game character reveal? WOW!!!!!!! The action scene in that newly dropped trailer? AMAZING!!!! There’s no two, there, four…, ninety-nine. They’re excitement level is at either one or one-hundred. It’s one thing being excited for something you’re truly interested in, but if you look like someone having a heart attack in every one of your loud, slang splotching uploads, I have to call shenanigans. Or, maybe I’m just a sad human being who can count the number of hype filled life moments on one hand? Let’s not rule either possibility out.

We live is an age where opinions have become facts and facts are no longer based in truth, but in majority agreement. If you like that movie but most of the world doesn’t you are a brain damaged monster with no hope of ever having a stable and happy life. Reaction (and angry internet review) videos don’t only tell the small minded whether they should like something, but how much they should like it. If you didn’t love that season finale to the point of crying every time you think about the sacrifice of supporting character C, you have no soul. Doesn’t matter if you liked it. If you’re not posting at least three crying emojis with your comment, you are not a real fan!

So, should you not watch reaction videos? Yes, but only the lazy ones. Don’t waste your time supporting people who want nothing more than acknowledgement for sitting on their butts doing nothing. If someone has a magnetic personality, an attitude that speaks so loudly you can’t help but follow, then watch. If you’re just as interested in what the reactor has to say as the video being watched, then watch. If they seem to actually put more than a milligram of effort into their videos that don’t involve begging for likes and patreon support, then watch. But, if you’re only there because you like the content being reacted to or need external vindication before admitting you like or hate something, skip the video and learn to love what you love simply because you love it. That’s something to get hyped about.

By Redgeek

A geek talking about stuff he likes.

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