You Tube’s “Angry German Kid”

18 05 2008

Watch this first, as much of it as you can stand, anyway.

I discovered a link to this in someone’s signature line over at a writer’s message board where I hang out.  It’s basically just a German kid yelling like a maniac at his computer monitor over some dumbass video game.  As with most of the stuff on You Tube, my initial thought was that it was staged.  Maybe it is.  But for the sake of discussion, let’s say that it is in fact what it appears to be.

I play video games, and I will be the first to admit that I have yelled at a few of them, not to mention having thrown a few controllers as well.  But I have never exhibited anything remotely like the behavior this kid is showing.  Where the hell does that sort of rage come from?

It’s funny, because my wife and I had just discussed, prior to my having viewed this clip, the fact that people in general seem to have become more selfish, more self-absorbed, and more violent-tempered.  We were wondering why.  It’s as if people are coming to believe that they are, in fact, the center of the universe, and everyone else is nothing more than a distraction, at best, or, at worst, an outright impediment that must be shouted at, shoved aside, or eliminated.

I think the Internet has a lot to do with this.  It’s akin to the phenomenon of “road rage.”  You ensconce yourself in your car and suddenly everything outside that tiny, confined space becomes less real, and an endless source of frustration.  Surfing the web really isn’t that much different.  You ensconce yourself in a slightly larger (but still confined) space, you log on, and suddenly you own the whole damn Internet.  It’s easy to vent your rage to it’s fullest because, thanks to the anonymity, there are rarely consequences or repercussions.

I suppose if this sort of behavior never went beyond the Internet we could ignore it.  The only person who might be harmed would be the one exhibiting the excessive behaivor.  I think if the kid in the video tries that again in forty years he’ll probably keel right over from a stroke.  Of course, that is assuming that some other goof, equally convinced that the world revolves around him, doesn’t blow the first goof’s head clean off with a shotgun.  Not entirely unlikely, either, because this sort of behavior does go beyond the Internet.  People take it back into the real world, where there are consequences and repercussions.  We can’t all be the center of the universe, and therein lies the seed of an horrific conflict, looming on the near horizon.

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20 06 2008
Mr. Creosote

Wrong. He’s a (very talented) actor, and it was made as a parody of how people view gamers.

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