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November 17, 2015 6:53 AM   Subscribe

 
Why is it that whenever I see a video taken with a GoPro, I feel like I'm being advertised to specifically by GoPro? As if everyone who purchases one, suddenly becomes a spokesperson for said device.

It's an odd feeling. And while I know this feeling is often associated with other products and items, it's always so much more with the GoPro.
posted by Fizz at 7:12 AM on November 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


I like the fact that he actually wipes out at one point.
posted by MtDewd at 7:18 AM on November 17, 2015 [4 favorites]


Assuming those are actual policemen, I'm surprised they agreed to be part of a video that makes running from the cops look like so much fun.
posted by 256 at 7:33 AM on November 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


"Where am I going? Whoa! Oh no, oh no, oh fuck! ... Wooo!"
posted by jammy at 7:34 AM on November 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Well, in this case, the video is in fact an ad for GoPro, as it's part of a promotional contest.
posted by cubby at 7:35 AM on November 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


he sounds like he cumming on the bike
posted by Greg Nog at 8:09 AM on November 17, 2015 [4 favorites]


Assuming those are actual policemen

then they are very unconvincing...
posted by Naberius at 8:12 AM on November 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


Why is it that whenever I see a video taken with a GoPro, I feel like I'm being advertised to specifically by GoPro? As if everyone who purchases one, suddenly becomes a spokesperson for said device.

Yeah, this is largely your true and correct perception of reality. Nobody is better than GoPro at co-opting user-generated content for marketing purposes. Users love it when GoPro highlights their videos for a big boost in visibility, and GoPro loves carpet-bombing YouTube and viral-video sites with videos captured with its cameras.
posted by Mothlight at 8:26 AM on November 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


he sounds like he cumming on the bike

I couldn't stop envisioning what the corresponding porno would look like, based on the audio alone.
posted by bibliowench at 8:44 AM on November 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


Why is it that whenever I see a video taken with a GoPro, I feel like I'm being advertised to specifically by GoPro? As if everyone who purchases one, suddenly becomes a spokesperson for said device.

It's an odd feeling. And while I know this feeling is often associated with other products and items, it's always so much more with the GoPro.


It's because people feel the urge to talk about things in terms of brands. They can't just say camera, or action camera. This is very common in that industry too, it feels like no one talks about techniques and skills. They talk in products and brand name tools.

Some people seem to only talk in brand names when talking about food too. The brand of frozen meal, brand of boxed dinner, the brand of fast food, etc. I think in this case, it helps to solidify an abstraction away from what food is and where it comes from. Carrots don't have brand loyalty, Hot Pockets do.

Marketing is pernicious.
posted by OwlBoy at 8:45 AM on November 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yeah, that's okay, but I think this video makes a better testimonial for GoPro. Or something.
posted by SteveInMaine at 9:00 AM on November 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


Why is it that whenever I see a video taken with a GoPro, I feel like I'm being advertised to specifically by GoPro

because they'll go out of their way to note that they're using a GoPro and not one of any of the thousands of 'inauthentic' knock-offs that creative individuals like Fabio wouldn't dare to be seen using
posted by runt at 9:14 AM on November 17, 2015


Who is leaving all that lumber on peoples' roofs?
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:22 AM on November 17, 2015


All I can think is Why didn't he leave the (second) bike?
posted by Etrigan at 9:28 AM on November 17, 2015


I am frankly amazed that he didn't crumple in the roof of that car.
posted by Kikujiro's Summer at 9:41 AM on November 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


Assuming those are actual policemen

then they are very unconvincing...


Well, they're unconvincing as policemen who are actively chasing him. But, considering the realistic uniforms and vehicles, I was assuming that they were real policemen who had volunteered to take part in the video and happen, unsurprisingly, to be bad actors.
posted by 256 at 9:45 AM on November 17, 2015


Who is leaving all that lumber on peoples' roofs?

The underwear gnomes lumber fairies.
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 10:11 AM on November 17, 2015


This video is unlisted. Be considerate and think twice before sharing.

So, that's a thing.
posted by nzero at 10:34 AM on November 17, 2015


Yeah, that's okay, but I think this video makes a better testimonial for GoPro. Or something.

I'd say this one hit peak gopro.
posted by effbot at 12:06 PM on November 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Thanks for adding the gopro tag.
posted by sidereal at 12:09 PM on November 17, 2015


This is why I never go anywhere without first setting pieces of lumber and hiring agents to hold bicycles upright at convenient locations.
posted by ckape at 1:48 PM on November 17, 2015


I like the part where he screws up the flip but he's so far into the video he decides not to redo it.
posted by foobaz at 3:22 PM on November 17, 2015


The cops do this too.
posted by Start with Dessert at 10:06 PM on November 17, 2015


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