charlie bit me in 2007 Charlie bit my finger became one of the most watched YouTube videos ever everyone saw this video from your fun Aunt 207 it wants to hold genre of Internet content parents unexpectedly capturing their kids doing a hilariously adorable things I’ve always been captivated by kids duh they are cute but as the internet professionalized the cute kid genre morphed into something new now the internet is producing kid makeup artists kidpower eater MK2 parody music video stars and then there are kids whose parents just film everything they do one of YouTube’s most popular channels is run by the Shaytards YouTube family of 7 that lives by the motto but most of the time life is pretty boring watermelon hat in order to make a living on YouTube you have to push out content really consistently but that content also needs to be exciting for YouTube family that means making normal everyday life into something that feel sensationnel and no YouTube couple has pushed the limits of the family genre more than Sam and Nia the first time Sam and Nia Rader went viral it was in 2014 when they install the dash cam on their minivan themselves the good looking parents and lip-sync to song from Frozen the second time salmon near went viral was when Sam extracted me is pee from an unflushed toilet and then announced his wife surprise pregnancy to her you do at least that’s what they said happened this is the part where I try to think of what’s not so bad about this trend okay so these family vloggers showed the messy negative parts of parenting not just the idyllic cutesy stuff State Health open up conversations about infertility and miscarriage that are often Taboo in the mainstream and some parents have always treated their kids like Commodities but on the internet that impulse can be blown up and popularize on a massive scale the result is childhood itself is being molded to YouTube’s expectations if the traditional baby photo album crystallizes the warmest loveliest moments of a person’s younglife the YouTube algorithm seems to be drawn to the extreme High and Lowe’s cuteness is fine but embarrassment also works baby fails is now its own thriving YouTube genre and if you want your own famous YouTube baby it would be really convenient if your kid fail like every day in one particularly disturbing YouTube sub-genre parents dress up their kids like their babies and have them suck on pacifiers and fake poop in diapers at least I think it’s fake I hope it’s fake at its most extreme this genre is heaters on the edge of abuse their parents behind daddy of five a YouTube channel where they have the chili played horrifying pranks on their kids were convicted on misdemeanor counts of neglect of a minor after the videos came to the attention of child protective services Factor versus reality and the see what could get more views actually outright terrorize on these channels don’t have the same rights that traditional child performers to the protections of child labor laws or something like the Coogan at which saves child actors earnings in a trust until they reach adulthood these kids don’t even get the respite of a distinction between performance and life they’re being raised to seek validation by emoting on Q being taught that that’s what family is for say something on the blog that means performing a lot of emotional labor maybe before you even know what emotions are don’t mean we don’t cry the Raiders youngest child Juliet has been famous since she was born Truman Show style her birth has been seen 14 million now she’s just two years old but she’s already experienced a lifetime of drama we don’t get know what that means for a child’s development just that millions of other parents and kids are watching hey this is Amanda. and how much money in the comments we are very thirstyYouTube family vlogs are remaking childhood itself to fit the algorithm. Here, cute videos are fine, but “baby fails” are even better. Episode 7 of our video series.
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