Have you seen the Popcorn Kittens video yet? How about Doggie Boots? I could watch these ultra-cute, super-funny videos for hours. They make me feel good.
I’ve uncovered the dastardly truth, however: These seemingly innocuous diversions are actually a plot by more disciplined authors to reduce the competition. The great American novel, poem, short story, or parrot memoir? Not happening. I’m too busy watching dancing cockatoos and ticklish hedgehogs.
Isn’t the Internet great? You can play interactive, artistic-looking games. Or you can get serious and see how a model evolves in the makeup chair and on the computer, an insidious reshaping of our sense of beauty.
Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way) might suggest that we need to stimulate our imaginations and nurture our creative selves. The wonderful videos out there certainly can do that. Of course, she might also suggest that compulsive YouTube watching is a creative block.
But how can you resist? And because I’m such a thoughtful blogger, I’ve included a list of the videos I’ve mentioned. Take a look. Sit back and relax. Click on the related videos. Couldn’t you just spend the whole day building your own kaleidoscope, going parahawking in Nepal, and watching the animals at the San Diego Zoo? So much easier than slogging through those nasty old revisions.
Popcorn Kittens: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDABjGGeZzM
Doggie Boots: http://www.dogwork.com/bss8/
Ticklish Hedgehog: http://www.dogwork.com/tickhe8/
Evolution of a Model: http://www.wimp.com/advertisingcover/
Neave Interactive Games: http://neave.com
Parahawking in Nepal: http://www.dogwork.com/pahk8/
Build Your Own Kaleidoscope: http://www.zefrank.com/dtoy_vs_byokal/
San Diego Zoo: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/videos/