How Janet Jackson’s ‘wardrobe malfunction’ helped spawn creation of YouTube
Janet Jackson and her nip-slip. If you’re of a certain vintage, you probably remember this being the biggest bloody news in the world. Yeah, nah, it didn’t matter that s**t was going down in the Middle East, what was important news was that Janet Jackson and Justin Timberland had sullied the morality of the USA – and by extension the world – with a nip-slip so brief that if you blinked you missed it.
If you don’t know what we’re talking about, the basics of it is that during the Super Bowl halftime show, Janet Jackson suffered from a now notorious ‘wardrobe malfunction’.
The nipple itself was apparently exposed for less than a second, but the nature of the incident and the conversation around whether or not it was deliberate raged for ages.
You may be aware that it was a bloody good excuse for conservative politicians in the States to be stereotypical conservative politicians, but the reality was that if you missed it – like anyone who didn’t watch the Super Bowl – you missed it.
And that is where the cultural revolution comes in. Yeah, nah, Janet Jackson’s jubbly is reportedly one of the main catalysts behind the invention of YouTube. According to a Rolling Stone article from February this year, three PayPal employees were talking about the incident and lamenting the difficulty of finding footage of the incident online.
It was only a year after this conversation that they launched YouTube.
Those blokes were Chad Hurley, Steven Cehn, and Jawed Karim, and they thought it’d be a pretty bloody good idea if there was somewhere everyone could share videos online. Karim told USA Today in 2006 that he thought it “would be a good idea” if there was somewhere for people to share video of the Indian Ocean tsunami or the “Super Bowl SNAFU”.
So, next time you log onto Ozzy’s channel, give a word of thanks for Janet Jackson’s nip-slip.
Final thought: It’s always interesting to think about the incidents in history that have had the butterfly effect on everything else around them. Imagine if we didn’t have YouTube. S**t, the world would be a vastly different place. Anyway, see if you can remember what the first YouTube video you watched was. We bloody can’t.
Just in case you missed it, here’s one of Ozzy’s latest commentary videos…Ozzy Man Reviews: Humans Being Nice #3
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H/T: ROLLING STONE.