Nothing as entertaining as extremism

In a world that is deeply worried about extremism I have learned to love it. In fact, there is nothing as entertaining as it is. Whenever I am bored and need a diversion, I find extremism and its close cousins: insanity and craziness, to be extremely reliable means of getting out of my boredom quickly. That’s insane, you must be thinking. Or perhaps not, if have a YouTube view of the world, as I do. All I need to do is to go to YouTube and start typing “extreme” or “insane” or “crazy” and it will give me an assortment of options to get my mood back on track.

It started with my search for extreme acro slam dunking that led me to this video:

As I started watching it, YouTube suggested that I watch this too:

It was entitled “crazy ping pong player”. Encouraged by this, I started looking for videos with the keywords “extreme” “crazy” and “insane”. In the process, I found the Most insane parking job ever…

…a seven second entertainment video. I guess there is something in us that draws our attention to things that we absolutely cannot do ourselves. Greater the potential danger, greater our attention seems to be, one reason why insanity makes for such entertainment. And that which gets our attention is bound to be used by some to further their purposes, as in this case:

Thankfully, not everything about insanity and extremism is about flirting with danger. It is also about intelligence, wit and skills. It is at times about sensible ideas that we simply have not thought about, to take an example:

A video with many interesting aspects to it, don’t you agree? I guess the list can keep going on, but I will leave you with this video entitled extreme gymnastics. And for the New Year, I hope you shall stop worrying and start loving extremism.


About Vivek Srinivasan

I work with the Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford University. Before this, I worked with the Right to Food Campaign and other rights based campaigns in India. To learn more, click here.

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