Monday, October 28, 2013

Going Viral

I’ve been sick all week. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this ill, with fever, chills, coughing, sneezing, aches, pain and all the lovely bodily fluids that go along with such viruses.

In between my various fever-induced states, I’ve had time to catch up with the internet and see what’s new and hot in the wide world of WTF.

From Twitter to YouTube, I really don’t understand what makes something go viral. Sometimes it’s an amazing piece of footage caught by accident on camera. Sometimes it's a thought-provoking, educational clip. Sometimes it’s a controversial video. Sometimes its a strange combination of irony, self-reflection and philosophy that piques a viewer’s sense of inner glee. Sometimes it’s just plain weird.

For those of you who’ve been hiding under rocks (like me), here’s a taste of the weird you’ve been missing.

Click Bait Warning: presume all links may have NSFW content.

What Does the Fox Say: This music video for what I can only call Sesame Street at a rave by Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis has become the next Gangnam Style. It’s catchy, easy to sing, and of course, Sesame Street loves it, too.

Burlington Coat Factory on Twitter (@NotCoatFactory): There is something weirdly sublime about the Not Burlington Coat Factory’s tweets which have included “When you stop to think about #coats is pretty cool” (Sep 26). They used to be @BurlCoatFactory but I’m guessing the company asked them not to represent their company, even though the account has probably done more for the store than any real advertising has. Check out Jezebel’s look at their old account.

Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball and Twerking: After her controversial and rather strange performance at the Video Music Awards in late August, twerking became an official word in the Oxford Online Dictionary. Shortly after that, Miley Cyrus’s song “Wrecking Ball” reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Top 100 list, becoming her first number one single. Since then, the Wrecking Ball video has become a meme, a parodied gag that will undoubtedly inspire many costumes this Halloween. Love her or hate her, she has undoubtedly made her mark.




Tom Hiddleston (aka Loki from Thor, Marvel’s The Avengers) doing anything:
What’s the best viral video or media bit you’ve seen lately? Add your links to the comments below!

5 comments:

mary sullivan said...

Vicki, my favourite at the moment, coming so close to Halloween, is the toddler dressed up in LED lights as a stick figure!

Mary Brady said...

Vicky, sorry you're sick, but glad you got to surf. Teehee, I agree with Mary. Love the toddler.

Kaelee said...

Vicki ~ The only way I surf the net is when someone sends me somewhere. I loved the toddler costume also.

What does the fox say ended up on Dancing With the Stars tonight and now I know what it's all about.

Kaelee said...

Okay Vicki ~ I'll send you here for a little eye candy ~
http://lifewise.canoe.ca/Microgalleries/Beauty/ForbesModels/2013/10/10/21186946.html#1

linda s said...

Thanks for the smiles. loved the whales. They are so curious.

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