One of the earliest archived mentions of Meatspin can be found in a LiveJournal post dated July 21st, 2005. The term “meatspin” was first defined on Urban Dictionary on December 1st, 2005. The first reaction video was uploaded to YouTube by nicktendo on March 1st, 2006. As of March 2012, there were nearly 1000 reaction videos on YouTube.
But what was it that the kid in the video above saw that shock him so much? If you have not seen it yet and are curious about it click the following image. I dare you!
Meatspin.com is a Shock Site. It is a type of prank or trolling. Shock Sites are websites that are designed to offend or startle the viewer. Such sites are typically of a “pornographic, scatological, extremely violent, insulting, painful, profane, or provocative nature.” A person may be linked to a shock site directly, asked to view one “as a challenge,” or through Bait and Switch. “Traditional” shock sites are intended to get an immediate reaction.