There was a time when it was possible to keep track of popular internet memes, but there’s a countless number (maybe some neural net behind youtube has a tally while it’s not trying to recognize cat videos) being created all the time now. Some marketing folks are trying to mimic viral videos and engineer their own, and it’ll probably get harder and harder to spot the fake memes. ICYMI, here are a few links on viral videos of varying seriousness.
- The most popular viral video for millions of Chinese citizens is a 104 minute documentary on air pollution. The film (“Under the Dome”) has gotten hundreds of millions of views, and although it has been removed from some popular Chinese video site, the message is still spreading. [url]
- A few internet-famous memes have brought financial windfalls, but some folks are not at all happy about their internet popularity. The “Star Wars Kid” was one of the first viral videos that featured an unwilling participant. It won’t be the last one, but is there really any good way to put the toothpaste back into the tube? [url]
- Superfuse videos compile a bunch of content all together into a strange nearly-unwatchable cut of visual art. We’ve
seenheard this sort of thing done with music, so it’s not too surprising to see this technique with video mashups, too. [url]
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