Supposedly, what with the new digital age and the proliferation of easy-to-operate camcorders, anyone can make a movie and it’s easy. Of course, anyone who’s spent several hours trying to tape 3 minutes of thriller opening is likely to dispute that.
As explained on Answers.com (well, actually, it’s from Wikipedia, but the Impero filter blocks the original page for some reason), the home movie is now often shown to wider audiences through TV shows like America’s Funniest Home Videos (or You’ve Been Framed), websites like YouTube, video blogs (or “vlogs,” which is even worse than “blogs” IMO) and video podcasts.
Of course, people always abuse technology, so films of happy slapping get posted online, home video films get used in controversial police investigations (like the 1991 Rodney King incident) and dirty videos get distributed showing famous people doing things they’d rather keep private (e.g. Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s honeymoon tapes).
Who’d have thought home movies could be so controversial?