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Charlie bit me

April 8, 2011

Title of video: Charlie bit my finger – again.

Uploaded by: HDCYT

Date posted: May 22nd 2007

Context: The Davies-Carr family uploaded the video to share it with their overseas relatives because the file was too big to e-mail.

Subject: Older baby, Harry, puts his finger in his brother’s, Charlie’s, mouth and is bitten.

Reception: In general the public finds the video funny or cute and rates it “thumbs up. However, many viewers comment insisting it was staged. In response, the father of the boys, Howard , created a FAQ video and said “I don’t think any number of words will convince the conspiracy theorists that the clip was totally natural…However I am working on ‘Charlie Bit Me – again ! ’The prequel’ which I think will have enough in it to put these questions to rest. Unfortunately I do not the editing skills yet to finish the clip as I would like it.” The video is the most watched video in the United Kingdom and is listed as  one of Time Magazine’s Best 50 YouTube videos.

My analysis why it’s relevant to YouTube history: The “Charlie Bit My Finger” phenomenon has become a meme and spawned many parodies. The success of the video has allowed the family to profit. They earn a portion of the ad revenue from the videos on their partnered channel and blog “mainly going towards the boys future or treats we would not normally have bought.” They do exercise caution and say “many people have said we should do mugs and keyrings, […] we have deliberately not commercialised the children. It’s just that we don’t want it to change the boys’ lives.” The family has admitted they believe that their British accents probably help propel the video to be viral globally. Rarely recognized in public, they’re fortunate to have a positive claim to fame. The content of the video has shown YouTube in a family-oriented light. It shows the causal browser that everything posted on YouTube is not a music video. It has helped the site become more accessible to the public because all ages enjoy watching little Charlie and Harry.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. weildbet permalink
    April 9, 2011 7:11 am

    The father is unrealistic when he says that this video’s popularity has not changed the boy’s lives. Just the fact that the family has more money to spend, has affected their lives.

    • May 13, 2011 10:15 pm

      I completely agree! I guess that is better than people who try to continue their “15 minutes”, that’s the worst! Don’t try to milk it. It is like a sequel to a classic Disney movie, no Lion King 2 1/2 you’re not good!!

      I really enjoy your blog Michelle! I hope you continue to update it once the class ends. I think you’ll have a lot of success with it!

  2. May 4, 2011 1:31 pm

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