Gawker's Adrian Chen calls attention to Steve Roggenbuck, a young poet who primarily works through the poetic form of the YouTube Soliloquy. Skeptical, I began to watch Roggenbuck's most popular video, "make something beautiful before you die." I thought to myself: could this be the world's most annoying man?
But then, kind of magically, I found myself going with him, his ribald sensibility, his shouting, his joie de vivre. The kid is hilarious. And next thing I knew, I found myself making up Roggenbuckian sentences and IMing them to my friends:
I WANT TO EAT A HAM SANDWICH WHILE I RUN THROUGH A WHEAT FIELD GRASPING AT THE STALKS. I WANT TO CLIMB A MOUNTAIN OF MATTRESSES AND DRAW A SMILEY FACE WITH RED LIPSTICK ON MY FOREHEAD! LOOK AT THE MOON!
If this is a parody, it's a joyful one.
But seriously, watch the video. I bet you can't stop yourself from shouting something.