Here in the ALTTAB Dome in Washington, DC, we’ve lately been talking about how lucky we are to have not had to grow up with Twitter and the rest of the social internet. This has been mentioned on the podcast before, but its worth underlining. We grew up with the baby internet– we got AOL dial up when I think I was about 12 or 13 and had nothing but Town Hall chat rooms through which to be idiots. Now I made my share of stupid decisions as a tween and teenager, the kinds of things it would be a drag to see post and reposted and reposted again by my high school friends, were there electronic documentation. Thus I am so thankful that bits and pieces of those situations are not baked into the internet forever, haunting me like Jacob Marley. So I feel for kids a little bit these days when they put up idiotic things on Twitter, post idiotic things on youtube, or sext their significant others because they are certain 2 b 2gthr 4evr! roflcopter lolcatz bbq. (Or whatever it is kids are typing to each other these days.) Their brains are small– and hopefully still growing– and allowing them to wonder aloud, “Yo is this racist?“, when that high point of a 15 years old’s critical thought capacity will be sucked into the tubes of the internet FOREVER, is a problem I’m glad I never had to deal with.
That said, there is one tech thing the kids these days have of which I am tremendously jealous. Good video equipment. Back in the late 90s, we used single function, standard definition camcorders with almost not editing capabilities to film kung fu movies (Sexy Ninja Fighters, Vol. 1-3). It was the kind of endless summer activity which really had no point, especially because once it would finally get dark and we’d come inside, man, that video was shit. Plus, we had no way of editing analogue video tape. But it was still fun laughing our assess off during the day. Now my iPhone is a better camcorder than those pieces of garbage. But even more than those kung fu movies, I wish I had had the opportunity to make good looking trick shot videos. Back during those years, I had the time, willingness, and friends with nothing better to do to take 36 full court shots until I finally made one. But now, that video could actually look good– and I think that’s awesome. So appreciate it kids, while you’re grounded for accidentally sending that picture of you flexing it out in the bathroom mirror to your mom.
All that leads up to this collection of fantastic trick shot videos. Enjoy.