Bad Day (viral video)

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Video still as the protagonist strikes the computer monitor off his desk using his computer keyboard

Bad Day (also known as Badday, Computer rage, or Office rage[citation needed]) is a 30-second viral video where a frustrated office worker assaults his cubicle computer. It has circulated virally online since 1997. The video became a cultural embodiment of computer rage, and is the subject of several parodies and ad campaigns. The video was posted on December 11, 2006. As of June 25, 2013 the video clocked 2,034,165 views.[1]

Plot[edit]

In the surveillance-style video, a male office worker in his cubicle is becoming increasingly irritated with the computer.[2] He slaps the monitor in frustration, punches the keyboard before using it like a baseball bat to knock the monitor off of the desk.[2] His neighbor peers over the partition twice in curiosity.[2] The video ends with the protagonist kicking the monitor out of his cubicle.[2]

Production and spread[edit]

The video clip was staged and produced by Durango, Colorado-based Loronix Information Systems to demonstrate the benefits of their digital video surveillance system for release on a promotional CD.[3] The video is an example of a potential use for the surveillance system.[3] The video's subject is Vinny Licciardi, the company's shipping manager.[3] Licciardi appeared in a series of promotional videos extolling the benefits of Loronix's special brand of digital video recording systems. Loronix was the first company to develop a digital video surveillance system to replace video tape recorders. As of 2008, Loronix is a subsidiary of Verint Systems.[4]

Bad Day has circulated online since at least 1997.[2] It made its largest impression via email, where its reasonable size made distribution easy.[citation needed] The origin was revealed in 1998 originally by CNN and later in print by Security Distribution Magazine.[5] The company first heard of the video's popularity in June 1998.[3] Its popularity within the company created internal computer issues.[3] The video was also featured in a lot of Angry German Kid parodies.

Legacy[edit]

According to user interaction expert Frank Thissen, though fictional, it provides an example of how user expectations from longstanding social conventions can be frustrated through poor programming. In the Bad Day scenario, "The expectations of the user are obviously badly neglected", and the computer's lack of reaction or poor reaction is understood in the context of a human social situation, such as someone walking away in the middle of a conversation.[6] Wired '​s Michelle Delio called the protagonist "the patron saint of computer bashers".[2]

Follow-ups to the video were featured on TechTV promos, where the same man is videotaped throwing the computer down a flight of stairs, and later running it over with his car. A 2005 spoof was produced by GoViral for the network security firm Netop, showing a computer fighting back.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Viral Video Breakdown". views4video.com. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Delio, Michelle (June 5, 2001). "Having a Bad Day? It's Hilarious". Wired. Condé Nast. Archived from the original on April 28, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Lewis, Judith (June 24, 1998). "Vinny and the Very Bad Day". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on April 28, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Draper, Electa (August 14, 2005). "Verint Systems emerges as leader in video surveillance market". Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-01-09. [dead link]
  5. ^ Keven Ellison, Marketing Manager, Loronix Information Systems (1998)
  6. ^ Frank Thissen (2004). Screen Design Manual: Communicating Effectively Through Multimedia. Springer. ISBN 3-540-43552-2. 
  7. ^ Dabitch (February 16, 2005). "New viral homage to old viral "Bad Day at the Office"". Adland. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 

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