Viral Video's 'Patient Zero'

Friday, February 08, 2013

Transcript

In 1995, roughly a decade before YouTube ushered in the age of the viral video, a couple of upstart young film-school grads created an underground, analog video sensation.  Producer JP Davidson brings us the story of that video and its unlikely role as viral video’s ‘patient zero’.  

Guests:

JP Davidson

Hosted by:

Brooke Gladstone

Comments [5]

kate

It's a great story, but the method I was introduced to Southpark was through a travelling animation festival that went nationwide at colleges called Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation (http://www.spikeandmike.com/bios.htm). While I can understand wanting to intertwine one's legacy into the burgeoning internet, I bet this animation festival and others like it were factors as well. It's too bad that part of the story was left out...

Feb. 12 2013 06:23 AM
Seamus Riley

So, how did On The Media decide which 17th generation video that we used to copy and share back in the day would be "patient zero", because I know for a fact it wasn't the south park video. As long as there were VCRs people were copying and sharing videos that couldn't be broadcast on television. I remember watching the Chuck Berry in the bathtub video back in the 80s. So, does On The Media just make up the truth?

Feb. 11 2013 07:59 PM
Lisa from Pittsburgh, PA

Not only was the "Christmas card" a viral video, but the first six episodes were, too. A lot of people (myself included) didn't have Comedy Central on their cable, so they had to get bootleg VHS tapes. I remember getting a tape of the first six, and taking it around my friends. Then of course, we made copies of our copies for them to watch and show to their friends. I think there was a story in the local news media about the cable companies getting bombarded with calls and emails to carry Comedy Central.

Feb. 11 2013 07:40 PM
curiositykt

I remember back in high school handing around a VHS tape of this! I have no idea where we got it from, but we watched it over and over! It was probably 1996 or so, in the Boston area.

Feb. 11 2013 11:42 AM
David

The original file/upload is still on UIUC's servers!

http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/~tskirvin/soxmas/soxmas.mov

Feb. 11 2013 11:25 AM

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