November 10, 2017
One of the most popular trends on YouTube is filming category X of people reacting to thing Y, with which they're unfamiliar.
It's a simple format that plays to our most guilty cultural pleasures, but much like James Corden's nauseatingly sappy "Carpool Karaoke", it works. Most of FBE's videos have somewhere around half-a-million to a million views.
Unlike "Carpool Karaoke," thought, some of these reaction videos can be quite enjoyable, such as one from FBE posted Thursday in which teenagers go through a 100-year-old yearbook from a Philadelphia high school.
The yearbook from William Penn High School for Girls — now Franklin Learning Center, a co-ed, magnet high school in the School District of Philadelphia — is full of oddities that baffle the teens in the video, such as printing students' addresses next to their photos; personal poems instead of senior quotes; and the girls' early-20th century first names.
Some more serious issues are raised as well, including school desegregation. It's worth a watch, which you can do below: