Gotta Watch: Stay away from the webcam
January 6th, 2012
12:26 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Stay away from the webcam

Nowadays just about anyone can get a hold of a camera and upload videos online for the whole world to see… whether this is a good or a bad thing is still up for debate. Just yesterday a “web diary” from Casey Anthony was “leaked” online, receiving a lot of attention. This got us here at Gotta Watch thinking about the perils of webcams. Whether you shouldn’t be allowed alone with a camera, or you just can’t figure out how to work it, here is a look back some top webcam fails.

Casey Anthony’s web confessional – A video surfaced Thursday of Casey Anthony, sporting a new blonde hairdo and glasses, talking vaguely about the developments in her life since being acquitted of murder last year. Many people have criticized the “tot mom” video as being narcissistic and a publicity stunt, even though her lawyers claim it was unauthorized.

Is this thing on? – An older couple mistakenly became a YouTube hit after recording themselves trying to use a webcam.  These seniors may not have any idea what they were doing, but it sure is amusing to watch.

Leave Britney alone! – One passionate fan just couldn’t stand all the criticism Britney Spears was receiving from the media in 2007, so he decided to speak up on her behalf. While you may not agree or even care about the point he is trying to make, you can’t deny that he is pleading his case with fanaticism enthusiasm.

What are your thoughts on the proliferation of web videos these days? Share your favorite webcam moments and leave your thoughts in the comment section below… or better yet create your own video response here.

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  1. Hugh Jass©

    No Facebook. No webcam for me.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fish

      Still a morse code user hu?

      January 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      I hook up a dixie cup and a wire to another dixie cup about 50 yards from my home. That's my only communication device at my house. Away from home, I use the net on another's computer.

      January 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass©

      I have tons of IT equipment, smart phone etc. I just don't do social networking or reality tv.
      PS. I have not had one psycho ex-girlfriend show up at my door.

      January 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I've seen the CA one just this morning.

    As for the second one, it is so cute!
    This is how I envision my husband and I being when we are that age...

    January 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      You like senility?

      January 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fish

      @Jesus That's not senility... They figured out the computer and the web cam! My parents are afraid of a digital camera and they're their age...

      January 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick santorumtwit... America's favorite frothy one

      Have you googled 'Santorum' yet?

      January 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    Today we have cell phones that can transmit live image and audio point to point with relatively high resolution. Web cams are yesterday's technology. What's the big deal. There are security cameras every where and place you can imagine. You want privacy? Wear a costume!

    January 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fish

    Some of the stuff on YouTube is just stupid. Much of it though is entertaining! As a musician it's a great way to get your music out there. Before video and YouTube you had to record in a studio, get a record lable, depend on the radio, or perform live to get noticed. Several artists today are making it big in the social media world... Now the above videos, are just a waste of space and time except for the elderly couple. That was really cute!

    January 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Freddie

    As my Grandmother said-"Fools names and Fools faces, always seen in public places.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LetsGetReal

    Did they leave Brittany alone?

    January 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rick santorumtwit... America's favorite frothy one

    Rick Santorum = an American embarrassment. His name has become synonymous with bung hole foam. A walking, talking freak who brought a dead baby home to sleep with.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaveO

      ...and show his children. One of those children has Down's I think? Can you say traumatize? How's about child abuse?

      January 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. +mary

    Its too easy to get yourself up and out there.
    I think if all this was around when I was a kid, I would be regretting a lot myself.. I feel sort of sorry for kids today.. Its so easy to do and can set them up for a lifetime of regret..
    Imagine if some of the idiotic things we did as kids were still out there for us to deal with today?
    No.. Not good.. not good at all..

    January 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe Rioux

    Chris Crocker: really? Your testimony is not doing Brit any good. I can't decide who's more bizarre: her or you.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JC

    What is always amusing to me is the number of people who seem to need to post their webcam footage as some form of social acceptance, are rebuked by a web that has no particular reason to care about them and their emotional needs, and then destroy themselves either physically or emotionally attempting to attain some sort of sympathy. They (or their families) then blame social media, instead of accepting the fact that the fallout occurred due to stupidity or mental disorder- or both. Here's a helpful tip: anyone who persists in abusing their webcam (and themselves) probably shouldn't be sold a firearm, either.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matt

    Webcams aren't for me, thats for sure. But I do enjoy watching things on stationary cams like volcano eruptions, current traffic in my area, or other stuff.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TriXen

    Leave Britney alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ><

    January 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steveo


      January 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      Or her security guards will beat you up?

      January 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TheHalfBakedLunatic

    Wow. It's five years later, maybe the meds have finally worn off.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. My man-sack is full of half-people?


    January 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    That is one creepy girl in that last video!

    January 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMR

      That last video is a male, from here in East Tennessee.

      January 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al Mann

      Yeah, but he is still one creepy gal.

      January 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
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