The Fail Video Manifesto

Who doesn’t get amusement out of another person’s mistake? Mistakes are a human characteristic and everyone just likes to be reminded once in while that other people make them too. Some people like to be reminded more than once in a while. There are endless opportunities for people to gain amusement from other people’s mishaps, for the Internet holds thousands and thousands of videos revealing where and when other people fail. There is even a separate website dedicated to the fail video. It is called Fail Blog. These videos are meant to bring amusement to the viewers.


There are many characteristics of the fail video. The fail video does not narrow itself to one type of mistake, but it encompasses most things that can be targeted as human error. Many fail videos aren’t even human error, but they are also people who wind up in unfortunate situation that are out of their control. A common fail video is physical injury. For the video to be amusing, the injury has to be unfortunate, but it also can’t be too horrible that the amusement is taken away if the person is too seriously injured or possibly dead. Many fail videos include people falling or getting hit by something unexpected. There has to be something relatable about it that the viewer can identify with. Everyone has fallen at an unfortunate time and knows the embarrassment that comes with it. It is amusing for others to see when it happens to other people beside themselves.


Another type of fail that can bring amusement is when people, who are normally so put together and we expect to never mess up, make mistakes. An example of this is when newscasters mess up. Maybe they say the wrong word, curse, or have a break down on air. It is amusing to the viewer because we see that even these people have moments of vulnerability and they too are in fact human. There are also fails were the video displays mistakes that people can really relate to. This can be exemplified by different driving fails. The video will usually show a more extreme mess up, but most people who drive have messed up in some way and can identify with the video and gain amusement from it.


Another amusing and common type of fail is when people mess up while trying to show off in some way. Many times people are being videoed in order to show off some sort of trick or skill and it goes horribly wrong. This is amusing because it brings humility to the arrogance. It brings people down to an equal level who are trying to take themselves too seriously. There are also fails when something that is supposed to work just doesn’t and makes people mess things up. This can be any sort of technology. It reminds us that even things that aren’t human can make mistakes and that the viewer is not the only imperfect thing out there. The typical producers of these videos can be anybody. It is the person who just happens to be behind the camera when the fail happens. For all the fail videos out there, there are all different types of people who create them and upload them to the web for our entertainment. This is dangerous, for hours can be spent unknowingly getting sucked in to watching the misfortunes of others.