“YouTube at 15” is our package of stories to celebrate the streaming site’s anniversary. It’s hard to imagine, but there really was a time before makeup tutorials, conspiracy explainers, on-demand music videos — really, viral videos at large. Since it’s become such a ubiquitous part of culture, we set out to look at how it’s changed our world. To kick things off, contributing editor Rob Sheffield
investigated its surprising origins.
Everybody knows the story of Nipplegate. Janet Jackson
. Justin Timberlake
. The 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. A wardrobe malfunction.