It starts innocently enough: a YouTuber provides a lesson on how the audio and visual quality of a video degrades after each generation. You know: making a copy of a copy of a copy…
The short clip chosen for this experiment is from a 1991 VHS of the band Roxette. And so this clip is played over and over again, as each generation is made; as the image starts to disintegrate into static and the sound warps into an unintelligible soup.
Somewhere around the 6th generation, you might start to experience a creeping anxiety. This will only get steadily worse, so by the 13th generation you might feel you have literally fallen into a hissing, static-filled hell.
By the 18th generation, you will hear a knock at your front door. Who could be?
On second thought, maybe don’t play this video.