Video Folk Art: A Look Back


While other outlets attempt to select the best feature-length films of the aughts, Topless Robot goes where the real action was: YouTube. This was the decade when popular cinema became a semi-anonymous folk art, and Shaun Clayton honors that by offering his nominations for the 10 "Most Infamous Video Memes of the '00s." I think one or two of his choices might have actually originated in the '90s, but that's the sort of ambiguity that thrives online so their presence still seems appropriate.

Meanwhile, as long as we're looking back at the decade's Internet video sensations, I've got a question. Anyone out there know who was responsible for this clip?

It's been circulating since 2005 (if not longer), and I've yet to see a filmmaker's name attached to it. Take a bow, somebody.

Elsewhere in Reason: Some general thoughts on this sort of list.

Elsewhere Not in Reason: My favorite films of the decade as of 2006.