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I'm headed to California to celebrate online video...for those of you who aren't able to come home, you get to celebrate it as well. Spend some time with the greatest internet videos ever made.

The Show with Ze Frank -
For a while there it really felt like everyone on the internet was a Sports Racer. This listing of Ze's videos on YouTube is fantastic because a lot of them don't have many views so, if you want to, you can go through and experience them from the beginning with a lot of other Nerdfighters. Enjoy.

Homestar Runner -
I really believe this is one of the internet's greatest treasures. You could spend weeks rummaging around in here, and I encourage you to do that. There are not a lot of things that are simply as joyful and peculiar and deeply pleasing in my life as Homestar Runner. Just remember that, back in the day, my entire dorm would run to the nearest computer when we heard a new sbemail was out.

All Your Base -
The thing to remember about All Your Base Are Belong to Us is that it was a self-sustained project that involved the willing collaborations of hundreds of individuals. The promotion of the original meme, the photoshopping, the musicians who created the synthesized voices...people were creating it simply because they loved being a part of its creation.

The End of the World -
I don't know why this caught on so hard or who the creator was or where they are today, but it is a wonderful thing
Good morning, John! Most of you, 99%, aren't gonna be able to be at VidCon and, so, you don't wanna hear about how great it's gonna be. So, in lieu of being at VidCon or even if you are gonna be there, I'm gonna give you an assignment. VidCon is all about celebrating and appreciating the culture of online video. But as, John, you so wisely pointed out last video, we're pretty old. The first time I got obsessed with a video that I downloaded from the internet was 1998. The year before that was when the very first viral internet video happened - uh, it was just this dancing baby.

Except you gotta go "UGACHACA UGAUGAUGACHACA UGAUGAUGA" (keeps chanting that while singing) I can't stop this feelin', deep inside of me."

In fact, I have been into online video for longer than some of you have been in the world. Which makes me...kinda depressed. But it also might actually make me that elusive thing - an expert. So, here's what we're gonna do. You're gonna listen to me talk about how great the old days were, and then you're gonna indulge me by going to watch a bunch of old online video that I think is better than anything being created today, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. It's just like any other course you've ever taken. The dancing baby is not in the category of things that I think are really fantastic and great. But a couple years later, in the year 2000, a project was launched that became the best, and remains the best, online video project in history. Homestar Runner is some kind of bizarre, alien thing that lives in Free Country, USA, with his friends: his girlfriend, Marzipan, who's a baseball bat with hair in a dress; and Coach Z and Pom-Pom and the Cheat and King of Town and Strong Mad, who is just a square, and Strong Sad, who is sad and circular, and Strong Bad, who, despite having boxing gloves for hands, types out responses to e-mails every week. There's so much good Homestar Runner content! You need to grab a friend and take them and take this wonderful thing that exists into your life! It's really good. Check it out. And note that when we started watching that show, that little thing took up our entire computer monitors! And then weep for us.

There's a kid just fell off a bike outside of my window. He's okay. He's fine.

At the same time as Homestar Runner, there was all kinds of really interesting Flash animation stuff happening: The End of the World, All Your Base Are Belong To Us, Peanut Butter Jelly Time - these are things that are important pieces of the culture of the Internet. We also got what was probably the first Internet native genre of video, the animutation. Animutations were brought into the world by a lot of different people, but they were pioneered by a guy who you might know from his later work, "The Mysterious Ticking Noise," Neil Cicierega. But when bandwidth got good enough, people could actually start to send and receive video. THIS kind of video. And the most important video series of all time was, of course, "The Show with Ze Frank." The show revolutionized video. It took advantage of the fact that the Internet is a two-way medium. It allowed people to participate in the project. It wasn't just about Ze; it was about the entire sports racer community. Pretty much anything you watch on YouTube nowadays is either directly or indirectly influenced by Ze Frank. All this stuff was extremely important in the Internet's ability to establish itself as its own, stand-alone legitimate culture, and since YouTube came along, yes, many more amazing things have happened. So much amazing stuff is being made now that of course, I can't even start to talk about what's happened since YouTube existed. This is almost a kind of pre-history of Internet video that I'm talking about right now, and I think that it's important for us to understand that stuff, for us to know where it all came from. Also, it's just amazingly fun to enjoy, so grab a friend, click the links in the description and just enjoy.

Now I have to go back to VidCon stuff. I want this video to keep going! I want to keep making this video! I don't wanna work on VidCon. Okay, I'm gonna do it, though. John, I'll see you on Tuesday.