Sunday, February 12, 2012

When Charlie Bit Harry

There was this article in the New York Times on Feb. 10, 2012, about the phenomenal success of a video UK parents Howard and Shelley Davies-Carr put on YouTube of their baby Charlie biting the finger of their slightly older son Harry. Howard says he uploaded it for a friend in Colorado to apprise him of his sons' progress. (Other stories, interestingly, refer to the Coloradan as the boys' "godfather.") It has made hundreds of thousands of dollars for the parents, and celebrities out of the family.

The reference to Colorado perked up my ears. There are thousands of videos of children doing funny things online. This one is unremarkable. Howard says simply, "Videos are videos. They're either popular or they're not." He can't explain why this one should be such a massive hit.

But wait a minute: Howard is "a 43-year-old information technology consultant." So he's a computer fundi. Also, a Linda Davies-Carr shows up as the program manager at Lloyd's Banking Group. I doubt very much that this phenomenon was the result of random "hits," therefore.

I've been unable to find out who the godfather is. What I do know, however, is that the Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber law firm is in Colorado, and one of their lobbying clients is Google, which owns YouTube. The Colorado "godfather," with his bud Davies-Carr, might have just cooked up a little scheme to make everybody a lot of money, by "nonrandomizing" the Google and YouTube search engines. I have blogged about Google's manipulation of my own web presence.

Steve Farber, a partner at BHFS, was responsible for bringing the Democratic National Convention to Denver in 2008, where Obama was nominated. Another phenomenon--no one could explain how Obama just "took off."

Nothing is random. Everything is manipulated.

(That goes for the New York Times article, too, which undoubtedly caused another big spike in the dollars being raked in from the Harry & Charlie video.)