Viral Videos

October 12, 2009

Entertainment can be found throughout several forms of media. Today, the Internet is providing people with entertainment just as much as (if not more than) television programs and radio stations use to. One of the most popular forms of entertainment online is known as viral videos.

Viral videos, according to a small group consensus in my theory course, have a few commonalities which is what makes them more spreadable.

We believe that majority of viral videos are relatable. More specifically, one of the things we find the most entertaining are the ones that we know we, or some of our friends, have done before. Many of the videos also contain humor. This could be in the format of blatant and obvious humor, clever, stupid or even a parody.

The videos also need to have a certain amount of uniqueness and originality. We don’t want to see the same thing over and over again. We would rather witness something new and funny.

Shock may work as a common characteristic for some as well. We like to be surprised or tricked because the same storyline gets boring. If you don’t know what to expect then you are more likely to pay attention and be entertained, or even watch it several more times.

These videos that are shared between thousands of people are usually simple, because if the viewer doesn’t grasp the purpose then they won’t understand or want to watch it, and shorter than 4-5 minutes in length.

The following are some of the examples of viral videos that the class put together. We remember these videos because we have either passed them around to our own friends and family, or have never forgotten them due to the level of entertainment it provides. They range from commercials to shows and humorous to serious.

Don’t Vote PSA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhDRVKDcXQo

Slippery Turkey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTw0SDvxoqE&feature=player_profilepage

Amateur wedding video http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/30/youtube-trumpets-popularity-of-viral-wedding-dance/

Train station Dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkBepgH00GM and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ3d3KigPQM&feature=related

Shining Spoof http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf7h6o3I8yw

Rap Impression http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQlgLgyi7bI

I’m not intoxicated http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgJKRvgWTwA

Ok Go http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv5zWaTEVkI&feature=related

E-Trade Baby http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x26x9xVNH98&feature=channel

Hawaiian Chair http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQspIJnQLRE

Best Wedding Dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT56YizyR2o

Her Morning Elegance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_HXUhShhmY

Grape Stomping http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMS0O3kknvk

Elon iCribs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQf9z0ORpp4

Wanna Buy a Ghost? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tXsO35TQ-0

Fillet-O-Fish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bJOIqVAD-s

Piano Stairs http://www.break.com/index/interactive-swedish-piano-stairs.html

Lion Reunion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjWtRYaxmWM&feature=PlayList&p=12A805DF0D78A069&index=0&playnext=1

Font Conference http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3k5oY9AHHM

GI Joe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4OPr_QxoFg

Flea Market Montgomery http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ3oHpup-pk

Reebok http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbSpAsJSZPc

Trigon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDy63RfVZD4

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2 Responses to “Viral Videos”

  1. Perez Christina said

    interesting

  2. andersj said

    I can’t believe how many people in the class did NOT include links to videos in their blog posts. Maybe they plan to add them later. Anyway, leave it to Meg to be smart enough to get the link thing rolling. SMART!

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