I first got into lost media on September 8th, 2015 if I recall correctly.
That was the day YouTuber RebelTaxi uploaded a video called “A DAY With SPONGEBOB [Midnight Society] The LEGALLY BANNED Bootleg,” on the mysterious lost film A Day With Spongebob Squarepants.
There was something very eerie and weird
about it. It seems like I was not alone, as people regularly say it was RebelTaxi’s video that brought it to the attention of people who were not already involved in lost media or who regularly browsed the right 4chan boards.
The concept sounds like something straight out of a horror story, and that’s where it started. The first stories of lost media were things like a fictional Spongebob episode “Squidward Suicide” or the missing The Simpsons episode “Dead Bart.”
I had heard stories like this before, and simply passed them off as ridiculous due to everything I mentioned above.
How could a piece of media be missing in the first place? The idea that, yes, lost media does in fact exist, actually adds a small amount of credibility to these stories.
There's a sense of the occult (in its literal definition of being hidden or secret) inherent to lost media.
The idea that a unit of media has been hidden from public consumption gives one the perception that it contains dangerous, illicit or sensitive information
that requires its sequester from the viewing public.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.