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September 9, 2010 9:41 AM   Subscribe

Pavlovian reinforcement theory reinforced. (SLYT)
posted by Threeway Handshake (17 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
The hamster has learned a valuable lesson: beware the hand of man.
posted by The Whelk at 9:46 AM on September 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Were those all the trials? I'm wondering if Bryan consciously noticed the connection before that big final reaction.
posted by DU at 9:48 AM on September 9, 2010


I like that after the first two shots Bryan upgraded his armor from a t-shirt, to a blanket, then to a hoodie.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 9:50 AM on September 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


wait, I'm confused. When do they start making out?
posted by The Whelk at 9:55 AM on September 9, 2010 [3 favorites]


"Hi, I'm Brian, and now it's my turn to test Pavlov's Theory of Classical Conditioning on my roommate David. The condition stimulus will be David's shooting me with his airsoft gun. And then I'm going to beat him relentlessly until he curls up and cries. He will soon learn the relationship between the stimulus and the painful beating, after he gets incredibly, incredibly hurt."
posted by PlusDistance at 9:57 AM on September 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


It seems like every video these days spends the last half of the time replaying in slow motion everything that happened before. There needs to just be a replay-in-slow-motion option on youtube so that people can opt out. I mean, watching people get hurt is hilarious and all, but I really only need to see you crack your nuts on the failed skateboard grind once, you know?
posted by phunniemee at 9:58 AM on September 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


I really only need to see you crack your nuts on the failed skateboard grind once

It's interesting how metafilter constantly shows me other people whose viewpoints are completely different from my own.
posted by Greg Nog at 10:03 AM on September 9, 2010 [10 favorites]


doesn't ring a bell.
posted by the aloha at 10:06 AM on September 9, 2010 [7 favorites]


I'm going to make my 5-year old watch this video every time before I feed her. Then one day, I'll make her watch it, but I won't feed her anything.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 10:17 AM on September 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's interesting how metafilter constantly shows me other people whose viewpoints are completely different from my own.

See, for me it's all about variety. Why watch one incident on replay when you could be watching a glorious montage?
posted by phunniemee at 10:17 AM on September 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


The condition stimulus will be David's shooting me with his airsoft gun. And then I'm going to beat him relentlessly

Yeah, seriously. Fuck that guy.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:38 AM on September 9, 2010


Instant replay, with or without slow motion, was revolutionary for television. This is because TV is a linear medium, a constant stream of signal that only moves in one direction. How many times have you gotten up to get something from the fridge, and your SO shouted "ohmygosh, quick, look, you're missing it!" and you ran back to the TV room but it was too late? Absent instant replay, you never got to see that cool thing you missed.

VHS (and Betamax, but well, you know) was another revolution, in part because you could pause, rewind, and fast-forward video content, breaking the linearity on demand. It was perfect for recorded content but still didn't help with live television, so instant replay marched on.

Then came TiVo and the DVR market. Pause and rewind live TV. Sweet, finally a replacement for instant replay! This means more minutes of your favorite shows can be filled with interesting and unique footage without wasting time on redundancy! Except that DVRs never became ubiquitous, and content providers cater to the lowest common denominator.

Another revolution came in the form of YouTube. You can watch any video at any time, and have complete control over its linearity. Plenty of content was uploaded to it from TV broadcasts, including lots of instant replays. But there was no longer a need to include them on new content produced specifically for this medium. People do that though, maybe out of force of habit. And many viewers expect and appreciate that, again, maybe out of force of habit. Change is hard.

In ten to twenty years, instant replay will be dead, a curious relic from the era of linear video. Hopefully we'll also see a decline in ADD diagnoses as the next generation grows up without the expectation of repeating loops in everything they watch.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 10:53 AM on September 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Why watch one incident on replay when you could be watching a glorious montage?

No Flash at work, but if this wasn't set to the William Tell Overture (not just played over it,) it was a waste of time and effort.
posted by griphus at 10:55 AM on September 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Part 2 is where the roommate Bryan brings the wrath of the IRB down on David and gets him expelled.
posted by Rhomboid at 10:58 AM on September 9, 2010


Huh. I remember the classical conditioning at BGSU as involving a lot more running around naked and screaming. Or maybe that was just Conklin Hall in the early 90's.

On a unrelated BSGU note, I always found it amusing that the guys at Mac Hall were actually, well, guys. Back in the day it was known as the "virgin vault".
posted by charred husk at 11:25 AM on September 9, 2010


I have been conditioned to, upon seeing one of those shell necklaces, make fists so tightly clenched that my fingernails cut the palms of my hands.
posted by penduluum at 11:39 AM on September 9, 2010


My conditioned reflex would be to launch myself across the room at David the third time I heard "That was easy." Bryan is a wuss.

It's all fun until someone's lights get put out.
posted by Jimmy Havok at 9:02 PM on September 9, 2010


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