I figured it out. YouTube is an evil plan by the alien overlords to capture Humanity's collective memories into one easy to access location.
I twigged to this idea this morning. I sent a friend a typo suggestion using the phrase: Let me buy you an "A", which made me remember that Sesame Street bit where a guy was trying to sell Ernie an "O", so I promptly hopped on to YouTube and yup, sure enough, the video of the song was archived and I was able to send a link to it with my email.
Much better than years ago, when to get across a point you had to describe what you were thinking about and wave your hands about, maybe hopping on one foot if you get REALLY excited about stuff when you talk, and actually engage your mind and the mind of the other human you were trying to explain the memory to, possibly even giving it a historical framework like when you experienced the memory, where you were at the time, stuff like that.
Now? For just about anything that delights/dismays us we can provide a link. Because it has also delighted/dismayed someone else on planet Earth and THEY had time to put it on YouTube even if WE only stored the original info in our brain. Television shows, stand up comedy, movie snippets, songs, great moments in history, all are being added to YouTube by someone somewhere every second of every day. The shared information can then be accessed in its entirety by any human with an internet connection and then uploaded directly into their brain.
Doesn't that seem like some of the science fiction stories of the fifties?
And the weird thing is we do it for real life stuff too. We put our baby's first steps on YouTube. Wedding receptions, photo montages of people who've passed on, vacation videos, marriage proposals, our cat doing weird stuff. Anything and everything that is significant to living a life that's human.
What if the aliens find a way to put one giant subliminal message into all the stored YouTube information?
I'm playing around with an idea of what the message would be because I think this would be a great screenplay idea.
Overtaking a planet without bloodshed, just moving the inhabitants from one state of being to another through the use of existing technology, without them even being aware, let alone alarmed, that it's happening, oh wait. Didn't something like that happen in The Ring? Or one of the Halloween movies? Or that bizarre indie movie that the guy in the grocery store was telling me about when he showed me that snippet on his iPhone?
What was that movie called anyway…..darn..…I just can't pull it up in my head at the moment; it's RIGHT on the tip of my tongue. Hang on, I'll go plug it into Google, I'm sure I can find it again. It's got to be online somewhere. I'll get back to you.