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Worst.Post.Ever - Home Video Entertainment for the Social Media Age

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So as it turns out, Ariana Grande has a sibling. His name is Frankie and apparently he's famous as well. He also has pink tips. That's not very interesting, but what is interesting is his recent special on Oxygen, that channel that valiantly attempts to gather all the worst dregs of reality TV in one place so that it's easier to avoid them. Entitled Worst.Post.Ever: With Frankie Grande, it featured a run-down of all the most embarrassing, shameful and unintentionally hilarious mistakes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and elsewhere.

It's basically a kind of new age re-imagining of America's Funniest Home Videos or You've Been Framed, but much, much less entertaining, I would wager. To my mind, it just represents yet another instance of TV desperately trying to assimilate another form of media more sophisticated than it. Think of just about any gaming-related show and you'll understand what I mean.

Grande is a pretty successful 'online celebrity', which apparently gives him the authority to talk about this kind of thing, as well as handing out vital advice on how to light and frame the perfect selfie. Because apparently they aren't subjective at all and you're stupid for thinking that they were. Speaking to Found Remote about the show, Grande asserted that “Sometimes the things we see on social media are so outrageous that they require some thorough and in depth exploration & analysis."

I'm not sure I agree. Most awkward social media posts are only as funny for as long as it takes for you to read them, following that up with 'in depth exploration & analysis' seems equivocal to your media studies teacher pausing the opening of Jaws every 15 seconds to explain what tension is.

Supposedly Grande tries to put a positive spin on it and even advise the people in question about how they could step-up their social media game. It's all harmless, really, it just strikes me as a little odd that something like this would end up on TV, rather than on YouTube or even just as a Periscope broadcast. In any case, I don't think the relationship between reality TV and social media is going to get any rosier as a result of this.


Callum Davies

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @CallumAtSMF

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Worst.Post.Ever - Home Video Entertainment for the Social Media Age Reviewed by Callum Davies on Thursday, August 20, 2015 Rating: 5
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