YouTube Awards: "Chocolate Rain," and a happy kid

Like "America's Funniest Home Videos," but with computers.

By Farhad Manjoo
March 21, 2008 11:59PM (UTC)
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According to YouTube viewers, the following clip is the most "adorable" video submitted to the site in 2007, one of several first-place winners in the YouTube Video Awards:

I don't know what the 'Tubers are thinking. Sure, the kid's got charm, but isn't it sickening and sad how much the dad's getting into it? Flip camcorder, look what you've wrought!

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The winner in the Instructional category:

Because knowing how to line up colored squares on a toy cube will sure come in handy during the credit crunch.

Music:

I bet you didn't know that this dude, Tay Zonday, is also brilliant.

Comedy:

This is getting ridiculous.

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Sports:

It's a "sport" because....?

You know, I didn't set out to sound so dyspeptic about these clips. But honestly, YouTube is bulging with stuff better than this (save Tay Zonday; he may best everyone). I guess this is what "lowest common denominator" refers to -- this is the only sort of stuff we can all agree to like.

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But there is one clip here that's indisputably fantastic. It wins the Eyewitness category, but it really should top the Awesome category, too. "Battle at Kruger":


Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo is a Salon staff writer and the author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society.

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