The vuvuzela quickly became a controversial topic when the World Cup kicked off almost two weeks ago. Somehow, a South African tradition that only costs about eight dollars online has successfully driven about half of America crazy. Personally, I’m okay with countries keeping their traditions, however strange they might be. With that said, though, I understand where people are coming from with their beefs. It’s annoying to listen to! Can you imagine paying top dollar for a ticket to the World Cup, only to leave with your ears bleeding as if you just stood in front of a speaker at a KISS concert?
So for the half of America that is sick of hearing what the inside of a hornet’s nest sounds like, YouTube found the solution. I just noticed this for the first time tonight as I was reliving the magical US goal from this morning over and over again.
At first glance, it looks like any other YouTube video. Take a closer look, though. Check out the awesome little soccer icon below your video! That’s called YouTube taking action. Notice that when the video starts playing, you’re getting the filtered (ear friendly) version. One click of the mouse, though, and you’re immediately given the authentic 2010 World Cup experience. Cool idea, YouTube. I appreciate it.