In the sudden explosion of amateur video clips on the Web, “The Easter Bunny Hates You” is a hilarious hit. It shows an angry guy in an Easter bunny costume traversing city streets harassing, attacking and beating people up. “Do you know what the Easter Bunny is doing the other 364 days of the year?” The answer? “Kicking ass.”

NBC Made The Easter Bunny Hates You?!

More than 3 million Internet users in two weeks viewed “The Easter Bunny Hates You.” This video, like much of the content in this new medium, is gloriously sophomoric. But this short-lived burst of crudity wasn’t homemade. It came from the digital studios at NBC Universal. Although it’s racy fare for a company like NBC, it is “a real example of what can happen when you get it right,” says Beth Comstock, president of digital media at the General Electric subsidiary.

The Easter Bunny Hates You
Man being beaten by the Easter Bunny in the viral video “The Easter Bunny Hates You”.

Viral Videos Help Fuel YouTube’s Growth

Big Media is startled by the sudden popularity of short clips on websites such as YouTube and MySpace. It would be difficult for this type of content to find success on TV. But on screens from Apple’s iPod Video to the next generation of smartphones, it’s quickly capturing users. What started as a fad may be a revolution. When Forbes first wrote about YouTube earlier this year, the site was delivering 15 million clips daily and accepting 20,000 new uploaded clips per day. Now YouTube is well over 100 million videos and climbing and its fans post 65,000 new shorts a day.

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