I bring this up, not just to reminisce, but to recognize that history does in fact repeat itself. These shorts were loaded with B talent; actors not always popular enough to make the big movie. And yet some of these actors become famous because of these shorts. Movie shorts included newsreels, featurettes, documentaries, comedies... Today, these shorts still exist; no longer popular on the big screen, but able to find a home on the small one. Not the TV, but the computer.
While not fronting a big film, they are today's version of what the early short once was, B actors finding a way to showcase their talent. And this short form entertainment remains amusing and fun to watch. The biggest difference between then and now is that today's shorts include advertising while no advertising tended to appear with shorts in the theatre.
Still, the art of the short is not new to the web; it has been around for a long, long time. It is simply appearing on a different screen. I still like the old black and white shorts on TCM and I like discovering new shorts on the PC. They all bring an entertainment value to be enjoyed for quite a while.