This video of a seven-year-old boy, whacked out on pain medication, was posted last week by the boy’s father on YouTube (and other sites) and has since been viewed by almost 10-million people (I probably account for 15 to 20 of those views, it still makes me giggle). It’s also been re-broadcast on Fox News during Greta Van Sustern’s “Last Call” segment.
It’s totally hilarious. And it’s also made “David at the Dentist” a household phrase. The question is, when David is 18 (or at school on Monday) will he think it’s quite as funny? (Star Wars Kid, anyone?)
So here’s the question – what about David’s right to privacy? If you had children, should you think twice about posting cute videos of them to YouTube, concerned that they might “go viral”? Or is Internet fame so fleeting that in six months no one will remember, so it doesn’t matter?