Web Civilization: Epic Meal Time
Nobody can deny it, we are part of a Web Civilization. News, television, teenage Snooki and, most importantly, Blog Daily Herald are available 24/7 in dorms, libraries, eateries and Blue State. This new series is devoted to bringing Brunonia the good, the bad and the ugly of internet trends–the real modern culture and media (no Saussure here!). First on the agenda is a new breed of web cooking series:
For those of you who have never heard of Epic Meal Time, it is an online cooking show that makes Paula Dean’s butter-saturated program Paula’s Best Dishes look like Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger.
The concept for the Canadian webseries combines elements of Jackass, Man vs. Food and traditional TV cooking shows, as the host prepares a gigantic and unhealthy dish for a daring (and seemingly intoxicated) taste-tester. Episodes, which seem to be targeted at teenagers and college-age males, feature large quantities of alcohol, even larger amounts of fatty, salty meats, and a strong sense of irony. Throughout the show, a calorie counter accumulates the total food energy of the dish being prepared, usually clocking in at over 10,000 kcal (5 times the daily recommended value). In the episode above, the team combines two staples of the college student diet, greasy food and cheap alcohol, into Chili Four Loko served in a bacon trough (46,255 kcal. and 3178 g of fat), successfully illustrating how Canada has elevated irresponsible diet, binge drinking and food programming to an “extreme” level. The series has generated an epic 13 million Youtube views and shows no signs of letting up.