Caught on Camera, by Natalie Anderson
My name is Natalie Anderson and I’m a YouTube addict.
We don’t have a telly in our house but folks we’re aren’t missing out at all – not when we can find so many fun bits and bobs on YouTube! Yes, our computers are our all-in-one entertainment systems. My kids watch old school Muppets, I watch 80s music videos, my husband watches air crash disaster documentaries… It’s incredibly fun – and best of all, you can avoid the ads!
But seriously, given I try to write very modern romance with a ‘hip, happenin’, now’ vibe, I think it’s part of my job to keep tabs on what’s happening within popular culture – and media like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook give real-time window on what’s hot out there. (Okay that’s my feeble excuse, but I’m sticking with it).
I’m forever fascinated to see what people put out for all the world to see. I’m intrigued by the clips fans make based on favourite movies/shows/actors etc, I find it so interesting when you get acts like Justin Bieber who’s fame came from home-made clips uploaded onto his own channel (the latest one seems to be this lip sync kid.
And the fact is people do put very unwise things out on the Internet. Here in New Zealand a young man has just been sent to prison for a few months in part for publishing an explicit picture of his ex-girlfriend on the internet – making it available to the over 500 million Facebook users. Then there was that American college girl who wrote a mock thesis based on her ‘research activities’ involving the university Lacrosse team – the report that she sent to just a couple of friends got sent on and on – until there’s someone like me in New Zealand reading about it in an online UK newspaper – how’s that for an example of something going ‘viral’?!
I really wanted to explore the idea of viral vids and the impact that things like that can have on private lives. In my book, CAUGHT ON CAMERA WITH THE CEO, the clip featuring Dani and Alex isn’t uploaded by themselves of course. What they thought was a private, intimate moment in an elevator is filmed on the security cameras and it’s someone else who grabs the clip, adds a cheesy track and puts it out there for all to see. And there are consequences – as there always are – although it isn’t long before the vid is really the most minor of issues that Alex and Dani have to face…
But, because it is so fun and easy to do, I thought I’d share a couple of my favourite YouTube clips. First up is an oldie but a goodie – it’s impossible not to laugh along with these wee cuties, and as a mother of multiples I just sit there gasping and asking ‘how does she do it with FOUR?!?!?!’
Then YouTube is frankly brilliant for current news. Back in September my home town of Christchurch, a couple of hours up the road from where we live now, had a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. It was at 4:35 a.m. and was terrifying. It was the biggest quake I’ve ever experienced even though I was two hours away from the epicentre. My husband and our three year old twins were right there in Christchurch though, staying with family. Thanks to the mobile phone network, and the Internet (especially Twitter) I was able to keep up with what was going on and actually keep my husband informed as they had power out. Have to say that morning converted me completely to the power of Twitter. Anyway, here’s a compilation of some of the raw security camera footage from a couple of shops during the quake. Security cams don’t record sound so someone has added a track. There was serious damage to our city’s infrastructure and many buildings have gone but miraculously no one was killed.
And of course I use YouTube a lot for inspiration!!! I search out music, images, anything that might help me with my latest story. Now here’s a little clip that got recirculated amongst a number of Harlequin authors a while back… This one will never, ever, ever date and it is super hot and yes, there is a beach scene in my work in progress!
So those are just a few clips I think are interesting for very different reasons! And yes, sometimes authors end up on the Internet too – I’m on YouTube here pretty much giggling my way through my first ever telly interview of a few years ago and then there’s where it was my first time coping with the trials of a live link up…
If you’re as much of a slave to social media as I am, then come and find me on Twitter and if you ‘like’ my Facebook page before November 30 then you’re automatically in the draw to win my latest books, chocolate and very cute pewter wine glass charms to have in time for the party season!
Meanwhile, have you got some favourite YouTube clips? Have you had experiences of something going viral? Come share some links in the comments below!