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Wednesday, 22 February 2012 10:40

Dépoopage

According to UrbanDictionary, YouTube Poop is “a name used for videos posted on YouTube which are usually nonsensical and random. They are simply just randomly chosen clips from things such as cartoons, clipped, looped and remixed to make it sound really strange.”

Still from "What is Spaghetti?"

Rather absurdist in nature, YouTube Poop is a concept that is several years old and yet is unknown to many, even though many YTP sites and forums exist. One of the more popular and long-established is YouChew, where we spoke with sysadmin Seth (aka Dopply), who is also putting together a compilation of 250 of the best poops.

 

 

Please introduce your own experience of YTP – how you got into it and your experience to date.

The first poop I ever saw was Robotnik Wants KFC by mrSimon, even though I didn't know it was a poop back then.

 

 

 

When it officially became a “thing”, I started with typical CD-i videos like What is Spaghetti? by Jeff Lindblom before graduating to more varied and stylized poops.

 

 

 

I eventually found the YTP YouTube Stream (an old, removed feature from YouTube that allowed users to share videos to watch together with chat on the side), hooked up with some community members, and started making videos with their suggestions. I got the hang of it after a while, and still make videos every so often.

 

Why do you think that YTP has developed such a large following?

There's nothing like it. It's entertainment that can be created by anyone who bothers to look up video editing, and even then skill isn't necessary. There's really no right and wrong when it comes to poop, which makes creating and viewing it such a blast - and lots of folks find it funny for some reason; don't ask me why.

 

Is there something in YTP which is designed to be something of a response to the ubiquity of video?

There really is no rhyme or reason to YTP. It is the result of the mixture of pure boredom, software know-how, and a love for all forms of media that can be mixed and mashed together as the creator desires.

 

Given the frequent legal battles which YTP videos suffer from, does it seem to you that the law / big business simply doesn't understand what you're trying to do?

Of course, they have no idea what we're trying to do. Though you could talk about junk like intellectual property all you want, I guarantee that nobody in the community wants to take the media they use as their own; rather, it's their own twisted tribute to what they love (or hate).

 

Do you feel that YTP is at the "edge of culture" – something that takes a while to understand and get into, and inaccessible - almost deliberately so?

Actually, I find the the barrier to the community's culture not that hard to get into. It's almost like a giant in-joke that is open to anyone who wants to take part.

 

Did you expect the community to be as large and as involved as it has now become, both on YouChew and elsewhere?

At first, no. After a while, definitely. I expected it to fizzle out eventually, but it never did. It keeps growing and growing and I fully expect it to keep its pace for years to come. We're extremely tightly-bound, all of us, and it's something that very few communities, online or not, have. I'm very lucky and very proud to be a part of it.

 

What's the best YTP that you've ever done, and what's your favourite work from someone else?

My favorite work from myself is Merlin's Penis...

 

 

 

… and Luigi is Racist by SuperYoshi is my favorite poop ever. It never ceases to make me laugh.

 

Please tell us about the YouTube Poop DVD project.

They Pinch Back: The Best of YouTube Poop is an in-progress compilation of 250 remastered YTP videos voted for, assembled, and produced by the YouChew community. It will be a free DVD and Blu-Ray shipped as a prize for our many contests and awards given out in celebration of our five year anniversary.

Later on, it'll become available on a larger scale and as an ISO download. I'm very excited about it and very proud of our community for banding together on something of such a large scale. Look forward to it.

 

Seth is sysadmin at YouChew. “They Pinch Back: The Best of YouTube Poop” will be available shortly (we'll announce availability on @imperica). 

 

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