In the video below of a wild brawl that broke out in front of Bar None in the East Village on St. Patrick's Day in Manhattan, the videographer starts to speculate about how many views it might rack up on YouTube. At the 5.30 mark he remarks: "I'm pretty sure, I'm pretty sure it's one million views. At least a hundred thousand. I'll be happy with 30 [thousand]." It currently has 240 views.
At the tail end of the video, the man recording even steps out from behind the camera to jubilantly gloat about his surefire path to one million views on YouTube. "I want to be in my own one million views," he explains. Wrapping his arm around a friend, he tells him, "on the count of three, one million views!" The victorious chant is interrupted by someone who objected to being videotaped in the brawl.
As Vibe reported on Monday, sites like World Star Hip Hop have built successful businesses largely on sharing videos like the ones above. World Star is so popular, Vibe wrote, "that 'documentarians' with cell phone cameras sometimes name-drop the site while recording brawls." You need not look farther back than last night on YouTube to see an example of such a name-drop. In this video of a very rough street fight on 149th and 3rd Avenue in the Bronx, the man behind the camera lets it be known the video is going up online. At the 1.35 mark he tells someone, "World Star, Facebook, all that."
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