9 Best Viral Videos For People Who Hate Technology
If you have any concerns, complaints, or criticisms of the way technology shapes our lives these days, I have some exciting news for you. There is almost certainly a viral video articulating whatever it is you’re appalled by.
Possibly that sounds paradoxical. Why would somebody launch a take-down of digital living in a medium that basically depends on being shared through social media, consumed on mobile devices, and generally drawing any viewer away from the physical world long enough to be convinced that we need to spend more time engaged in the physical world?
Well, that’s exactly what makes this previously unrecognized genre so compelling! When it comes to figuring out an effective way to skewer the 21st Century human-tech relationship, a highly shareable video is evidently a solid tactic.
Thus each of these damning critiques of spending too much time in the online world have been extremely popular — online.
1. A recent example is “What’s On Your Mind?” It’s a bleakly funny juxtaposition of some guy’s disintegrating life and his dishonestly upbeat Facebook status updates — evidently inspired by how great everyone else’s life looks on Facebook. (The clip’s impressively cynical payoff comes at the end, when he decides to be honest.)
This stark condemnation of the vacuous digital-era life has racked up well over a million views in the few weeks it’s been around.
2. Still, that viral success is paltry compared to one contender for grand champion of this genre: “I Forgot My Phone.”
This stylishly shot little film tracks a woman as she is completely ignored by friends and loved ones and strangers, universally hunched over their devices. Moments of love, triumph, and wonder are seen through a screen — or, just as often, completely missed.
It’s completely devastating. And it’s been viewed more than 43 million times.
3. “Look Up” is similarly harsh. It’s a more direct condemnation of tech-mediated living, with a didactic (albeit rhyming) narration. (Sample: “We edit and exaggerate, we crave adulation / We pretend not to notice the social isolation.”) We no longer speak to, or even look at, each other, and basically we’re all wasting our lives by staring into screens, the clip argues. And so: “Step away from the phone.”