Lately, I've taken part in a number of conversations in which people discuss "YouTubes." They usually begin with someone (let's call him Eager Edgar) proclaiming after a beat or two of dead air: "Have you guys seen the dramatic chipmunk/Miss South Carolina/Daft Punk body parts/Shoes/narcoleptic dog video?" Usually, about half the people in the group have seen it. "Oh yeah, that video is hysterical," someone will respond. "Yeah, my brother showed it to me, like, a month ago," another will offer smugly.
After about ten seconds, the members of the group who haven't seen the video will quietly admit their ignorance. At this point, it suddenly becomes IMPERATIVE for the people who have seen the video in question to demand that those who haven't watch it immediately - it's as though they have become possessed. "Let's find a computer now!" someone will proclaim ferociously, as though he is leading a march on the capital. "Let's go back to my room now!" another will echo, even though everyone just sat down for dinner like three minutes ago.
Usually seven or eight minutes later, a laptop will somehow appear and -- even though the conversation has moved on -- Edgar will bring up the video again, at which point he'll find it on the computer while everyone keeps talking. "You guys will die," he'll say as it's loading. The video plays and everyone is just sort of silent afterwards, deflated. Edgar will wait a moment before exclaiming, "Wait, wait, wait, I promise you'll like this one," he'll say, typing "baby laugher cute" into the search bar.