Could a livestream of a street in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, replace cat videos as the latest online time waste? Probably not, but for whatever reason, thousands of viewers have been clicking on webcam footage of the town’s central intersection since “See Jackson Hole” went live. While picturesque Jackson Hole, nestled in the Grand Tetons, boasts stunning views, the intersection is, well, an intersection. There are pedestrians, and cars and trucks braking at a stoplight, Time notes. The chat section offers a real-time commentary on “events” as they happen. A red truck has been repeatedly ogled and appraised on Twitter, inspiring a Red Truck Twitter account and tweets like this one: "TOO MUCH HAPPINESS FOR #redtruck CAN'T HELP BUT JUMP #JacksonHole."
In an effort to boost tourism, officials in the popular mountain town set up a YouTube channel six weeks ago linking to several webcams. But it was the town square on Broadway that went viral this week. Is this a case of people with way too much time on their hands? One of them mused on Twitter: “theres a live feed of a town square on yt with 1400+ WATCHING NOBODY KNOWS WHY THEYRE HERE.” The Independent reports that the origin of the craze was likely a now-deleted post on web bulletin board 4chan that was picked up by Reddit users and spread. “At this point, many people appear to be watching as part of a collective absurdist joke,” notes the paper. (The world's slowest TV show is coming to Netflix.)