Hey, Remember When Parkour Was a Thing?

Hey, Remember When Parkour Was a Thing?

Why, it seems like only yesterday. The Intertunnel was awash with videos of scrawny, short-ish men who lost their shirt running around and bouncing off the walls out in the landscape. A more cynical man than myself might have equated parkour skills with simply running away from the cops, or ringing a doorbell and beating it. Hell, any circus in the sixties had ten of these guys getting out of a little car. But parkour was definitely seen as more than that by the Intertunnel. It was the Ferrari of clown cars, surely.

Well, it appears that parkour isn’t A THING anymore. I’m sure tens of tens of people are still falling unceremoniously off ledges, but the the concept has lost its pizzazz.

This video has over 79 million YouTube views. You’d think that would argue against the death of parkour, but I’m not so sure. Any late night talk show host would kill for 79 million viewers, but that’s not the way the hit counter works. This video is a compilation of every parkour video that could raise its head above the Internet water for the past several years. It’s the equivalent of the guest book at the funeral parlor. They don’t say you were a lovely man, and a credit to your family, until you’re stone dead.

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