The Experiment Worked
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Well, it worked on me, that’s for sure. I noticed The Human Lab Rat channel when it launched on JTV recently and saw a few people chatting about it in various rooms, but I get freaked out when it comes to seeing medical stuff and the thought of seeing a vine growing under a person’s skin well, that not only held no appeal, it held negative appeal.
Yes, I went into the room and I tried not to look at the photos in the banner, and thankfully they were kind of blurry, so I watched for about 15 more seconds and when he was at the point of showing the vine under his skin, I promptly walked out of the room and didn’t go back … until this morning.
I noticed someone in the Help Channel asking why JTV doesn’t ban The Human Lab Rat channel. I’m wasn’t sure why they wanted it banned at that point, but it did make me curious enough to want to take a peek in the room one more time. So, when I was at the doctor this morning and had some time to kill I took another look. I watched, but this time all the way through. Yes, I said all the way through. All the way through what you might be asking right about now, but I’m not sure I want to tell you. It’s more fun to experience this marvel of .tv marketing for yourself. And I am not being sarcasti, I simply don’t want to ruin your fun.
Beware, if you’re squeamish don’t look at the next image, although if you think about it, it’s not much worse than a guy’s arm when he’s working out really hard and his veins are popping out. Well, kind of. 🙂
I think this new channel is absolutely incredible in it’s ability to advertise. The Human Lab Rat has since changed it’s channel icon. Now it is just a headshot of the guy we see broadcasting. You know, the guy showing us the vine growing beneath the skin of his left forearm.
Yeah, that guy up there — the 7th one in from the left. You’ll have to click the image to enlarge it enough to see clearly. As I listened to the dialog over, and over, and over again, I began to catch on. I kept refreshing the room to ensure what I was seeing in the chat room made sense and that the conversation went with what was going on in the room. There were the usual OMG’s and GTFO and other chat room lingo going around and I saw my username once or twice. Listen to what’s being said. I mean really listen.
Well, I don’t want to spoil the fun, but I implore you to go check out this room. I took countless screen shots so that I could use to illustrate what I am talking about, but I just don’t want to ruin it for you. You’ve got to spend a few minutes in there yourself to see what all the fuss is about. I am not sure why someone went to the Help Channel to ask that the channel be banned really. To me, it’s good fun. If you don’t make your way through the entire thing though, you will think I am totally nuts for being so impressed with the brilliance of the design, marketing and technology of this channel.
Once enough people have told me they have checked out the channel and have “gotten it” I will go into further detail, but I don’t like to ruin surprises, so I will just leave it at this. Check out the dialog in the chat room in the screen shot below and then go into the channel yourself and see what you find. This isn’t the Jonas Brothers, ladies and gentlemen. This is likely to appeal to a wider audience of many different ages. It’s just good plain scary fun.
Ain’t technology grand? 😉