A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some videos are clever, while others feature behavior that's silly, bizarre, and/or potentially offensive (in other words, just like what you see online). Some clips include racial stereotypes. One animated piece shows an animated Britney Spears flipping what appears to be her middle finger; another features someone illegally deceiving the DMV. While most stunts featured are mild, some (like a human catapult) could result in injury if attempted in real life.
Positive Role Models
Some video creators are exceptionally creative.
Violence & Scariness
Includes spoofs of people being hit by cars, having various other accidents, punching, pushing, and being held up. Guns (presumably fake) and fake blood are visible in some of these clips. Some dangerous stunts (like a human catapult) are shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some videos contain hugging, kissing, and sexual innuendo. References to events like Britney Spears not wearing underwear in public. Occasional shirtless men (but not women).
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Words like "hell" and "damn" are audible; stronger choices, like "f--k," are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Some brands (like Mentos) are shown/featured; others have their labels blurred out. Celebrities like Britney Spears and popular icons like Batman are often parodied or spoofed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol, including beer and pictures of mixed drinks, is featured in some of the video clips.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this interactive TV series features video clips from various Web sites, as well as snippets from videos uploaded onto the show's own site. While some of the clips are fun (and at times very sophisticated), others are silly, shocking, and just plain weird -- exactly like what teens see on the Internet every day. Content varies widely and can include celebrity spoofs, fake blood and prop guns, and potentially dangerous stunts (a human catapult, for example).
Is It Any Good?
Like the clips shown on AFHV, the amateur digital videos include lots of parodies and pranks that range from fun and entertaining to silly and/or shocking. (And some make you wonder if the creators just had too much time on their hands.) Online personalities Stevie "Little Loca" Ryan, Rhett McLaughlin, Lincoln "Link" Neal, and actress Joy Leslie host the show, sometimes contributing their own unique online content as well.
Online Nation will appeal to today's generation of Web-savvy content producers and viewers -- especially since it provides another outlet for their digital masterpieces. And folks who aren't yet very familiar with user-generated videos can tune in to see the range of creative, unique, and sometimes slightly disturbing content that calls the Web home.
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