The LonelyGirl15 debate is really about the authenticity of online videos. For some reason people think that online videos are real, and don’t understand that they’re allowed to be fiction.
I present two examples.
- “America’s Funniest Bloopers” was a spoof we did of America’s Funniest Videos. I never imagined people would debate its authenticity… one comment even pointed out that the electricity effect (a standard iMovie effect which is about as fake as they come) was the telltale sign. It was, you see, pointing the wrong way.
- “Computer Falls from Car” is a bit different. It was a stunt that is supposed to look real. You’ll see some 56 comments debating the authenticity of it. Nobody picked up on the continuity error where the computer is facing two different directions in different cuts. It fell the first time and we weren’t rolling tape.
So maybe I needed a big disclaimer on the AFB one that says “THIS IS PARODY.” What about the second? That would kinda kill the humor of it, wouldn’t it? In LonelyGirl15’s case a disclaimer would have ruined it.
Story telling or a dupe? You decide. At a reference conference the panelists were split down the middle on this one.
P.S. Keep in mind that most television shows don’t exactly start with “this is fiction” disclaimers. Even the faux reality television shows.