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Two Linfield students dunk into viral video fame

Hit play. A guy throws a ball into the pool area and passes it along to seven others, including one

who is riding in on roller blades. Within 15 seconds, an ultimate dunk session is held and viewers can

witness eight friends accomplishing a fancy trick.

Freshmen Jon Fishback and Connor Scott are a part of this latest YouTube sensation entitled

“Craziest Pool Basketball Dunk Ever.” The video is published on Fishback’s channel, while Scott

helped develop the concepts for the dunk.

Fishback, Scott and friends were lounging around the pool when they randomly thought of the

idea to create the video.

After figuring out a concept and 15 takes later, the guys posted the video onto Instagram. Soon,

they were receiving many ‘likes’ from people from school and surrounding areas. Fishback then

uploaded the video onto YouTube and sent it to Deadspin, a sports news website.

Over the next few nights, the video received thousands of ‘likes’ and was being featured on

multiple websites, including the Huffington Post, Yahoo, MSN and YouTube.

“It was crazy [to get so much attention] because we only did it to get some likes on Instagram,”

Scott said.

The video was then shown on shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live and SportsNation.

“We were like, there is no way this is real,” Fishback said.

Fishback, Scott and friends did not stop there with their dunk videos. They soon produced two

more videos to follow up their first viral hit.

Creating each video became a team effort when trying to make them different from each other.

Scott develops the first overall ideas and then comes the other guys for input.

“Everyone tries to contribute to what they think will work out best,” Scott said.

Their next most popular video featured an 11-person dunk that was shown live on KATU News.

With all of the media attention, the guys had to get an agent to help them with all of their

booking and sponsorships. They are now sponsored by GoPro and a German clothing brand.

Over the past month, their main video has been featured on more than 100 websites and

internationally in places such as the United Kingdom and Canada. The video now has over a million

views on YouTube.

“I just uploaded it not expecting none of this to happen,” Fishback said.

The video has also been purchased by the popular show “Ridiculousness” and will be show on

an upcoming episode.

YouTube Jonathon and Conner

Freshmen Connor Scott (left) and Jon Fishback worked together to make a video that went viral on YouTube. They continue to make
videos together, and are now sponsored by GoPro and a German clothing brand.
Yucheng Zhang/Senior photographer

Fishback and Scott met with their friends once more this weekend to create a fourth video,

which took place at a waterfall.

They used a floating hoop and had cliff jumping to take advantage of the natural environment.

“We can’t fake anything [there] and we have to go with the elements that are present,” Scott

said.

People can watch all of their videos on Fishback’s YouTube channel, “fishbaseball.”

The guys still remain humble and are excited about how well the video has done. During the

process they also grew closer as friends.

“It brought us a lot closer,” Scott said. “You see viral videos all the time, but it is crazy to be a

part of one.”

Ivanna Tucker/For the Review

Ivanna Tucker can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com

Confession told on YouTube shocks society

Would you have the strength to admit that you did something wrong? Something so terribly wrong that it

could result in being arrested or even being put in jail for years?

That’s exactly what 22-year-old Matthew Cordle did last week when he uploaded a video to YouTube

confessing to driving drunk and killing 61-year-old Navy Veteran, Vincent Canzani.

After the incident, Cordle met with attorneys who told him his blood test may be thrown out and after that

he would only need to lie to avoid punishment.

Cordle responded by making a video that would give prosecutors “everything they need to put [him] away

for a very long time.”

As a mass communication major, I am constantly being told how citizen journalism in the age of social

media is leaving traditional journalists out of a job.

People are tired of hearing processed news from biased sources owned by large media producers with

their own agendas.

In our media classes, we are taught to be fair, honest and unbiased in our approach to recording and

delivering news.

But Cordle’s confession brings up a whole new use for social media truth-telling: behaving like an honest,

decent human being and admitting your mistake for others to learn from.

Never before have we seen this kind of brutal, self-destroying honesty in such a public way.

We’ve become a society built on lies. Phrases like “weapons of mass destruction” and “when the

president does it, it’s not illegal” come to mind.

More recently is the Anthony Weiner scandal. Obama’s plans to pull troops from Iraq and Afghanistan

and the Assad regime over the use of chemical weapons make it difficult to believe in anything our leaders

have to say.

We’ve been lied to by politicians and presidents so often that hit television shows like “House of Cards,”

“Boardwalk Empire” and “24” all have a lying political figure as a central character.

“Politician” and “corruption” have almost become synonymous. We accept that fact, even though these

elected officials are fundamentally representing the voice of the American people.

I couldn’t believe the bravery of Cordle when I first saw the video. The way it begins by pixilating his face

and obscuring his voice, then gradually revealing his identity as he begins to confess.

Then I realized: he is simply confessing a mistake, something all human beings are bound to do in their

lifetime.

His mistake was far more awful than most people will likely commit, but even so, all he is doing is

being honest.

What does it say about our society that we are shocked by the truth when we hear it?

Would we rather hear news from untrained citizen sources than from professionals with hidden agendas?

Would we begin to ignore our legal system because of its blatant corruption?

The answer isn’t easy to arrive at.

As a society we are taught to ignore our problems and lie when confronted.

Only if we are willing to stand up and reveal ourselves as human beings, will we ever begin to see

change.

Cordle’s video is amazing, but not because he made it knowing it would get him in trouble.

Olivia Marovich / News editor

Olivia Marovich can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.