The second episode of WEBCAMS. Titled “The Prostaglandins Conundrum” (a reference to female hormones that occur during menstruation -- a fact that is juxtaposed against it occurring in dude; a word so obscure it’s flagged as a typo) this episode was post during March of 2010.
Along with discussion about menstrual cramps in men, this chat also included a bit about a MOTHER-FRIKKEN TWILIGHT BOOK BURNING!!!!! Oddly appropriate, now that we’re in the twilight of the Twilight movie series.
Side-note: for those who haven’t watched (or haven’t watched in a long time) watch the WHOLE video. I completely forgot about the surprise appearance at the end.
Interestingly, one of the more interesting things about this episode was a monetization idea I had developed and tried to implement. Not original or even overly brilliant, but it was a kind of genius in its simplicity. The idea was simple: each episode of the collaborative show could have one or two sponsors that are advertised with a 10 second clip at the opening or closing of the video. Since the show is collaborative and gets lots of views, a sponsor has an opportunity to reach out directly to an audience for $20 or $30 a spot.
Again, great in concept, terrible in execution.
The main flaw is that even though many people were involved in making WEBCAMS, it didn’t actually have a very large audience. I tried finding WEBCAMS a home on a partner channel with a wider viewership, but those plans didn’t work out. So even with the “test run” sponsorship with Project:Awesome (pro bono, no money was exchanged) there was just no interest in establishing WEBCAMS as a self-sufficient internet show.
But it’s still a decent idea, waiting to be planted in fertile soils.