Justin Bieber is 21-years-old, which means he’s probably never held a clunky, shitty camcorder in his hands. By the time Bieber would have been able to operate a video recording device, it would have been digital. Even Bieber’s baby videos were likely recorded on a not-so-shitty camcorder. Maybe his mom even converted the footage to digital. This archaic piece of technology is so foreign to the singer that he’s become inexplicably infatuated with an app that turns your iPhone, which takes mind-blowingly crisp videos, into a shitty camcorder.
“This app is dope,” Bieber says, as he films himself in the mirror using VHS Camcorder, an app that takes your impressive iPhone videos and renders them unwatchable. It manages to turn a mundane clip of the singer getting his hair and makeup did into a vintage snuff film or old school fetish porn.
VHS Camcorder was made by a fellow named Thomas Worth, a child of the 80s (i.e. someone familiar with how undesirable this recording technology is now), who never expected it to reach #2 on the paid apps chart.
Glad the fine folks at Apple spent all that time and energy giving us this delightful technology just so we can pay more money to make it shittier. But good for Worth, I guess. Meanwhile, I’m going to get going on an app that turns your phone into a carrier pigeon so I can make a quick buck too.