I’ve enjoyed the explosion of video resources on the net. People have yet another way to share moments from their lives, etc. etc. And along with that come life’s little mishaps. And as almost everyone will admit, viewing a prat fall, a slip, a fall, or a splash can be funny. It’s part sympathy, recognition that we all walk a tight rope with dignity on one side and humiliation on the other… and partially just the simple fun of watching others get in to trouble.
But I’m troubled by something as I watch some of these videos.
People face plant, bang their heads against rocks, launch themselves onto all manner of nasty surfaces and time and again the person taking the video (and you can tell when it’s hand held and when it’s not) does absolutely nothing besides watch. I was horrified when I saw one sampling from the Fail blog where a cyclist smacked their head against a rock with significant force and the person behind the camera did nothing besides ask the person (eventually) if he was alright.
Folks, two thoughts. If you witness an “unintentional result” in front of a camera… see if the person needs help rather than worry about “the shot”. The second thought is, if you’re going to do something in front of a camera know that Heisenberg understood that the camera was going to have an affect on the proceedings. For some reason, these effects seem to be almost universally negative for the person being observed for any “cusp” event.