Music and Arts
The best by far in this genre is the “This Too Shall Pass” music video by OK Go, which depicts a room sized Rube Goldberg device that continues for the entirety of the 3:53 video. The band members, a group of around 20 engineers, and numerous crew assistants managed to pull it off with only three takes after months of preparation. Let me tell you, this video is interesting to watch even if you’re not a fan of OK Go. The machine was constructed on two floors of an empty warehouse and is composed of over 75 components. On top of that the music and creativity are both impressive. The official video has already received over 10 million views on YouTube and those interested in behind the scenes footage with the band and a detailed floor plan of the machine can find it at the band’s website.
Farce and Satire
When it comes to satire in the American tradition, it starts with the news, and no farcical news show does it better than Onion News Network. In March of 2009 they released a particularly high brow episode with the headline: “Prague’s Kafka International Named Most Alienating Airport.” The 2:26 video details the numerous customer complaints of a fictional airport dedicated to the enigmatic German novelist and short-story writer Franz Kafka. The airport is confusing and disorienting, to say the least, which is a jibe at Kafka’s unique style of storytelling. Even if you don’t know anything about Kafka, the episode is funny and the ticker at the bottom has some pretty funny headlines. The video has only attracted just over 185k views, likely due to the majority of Americans avoiding reading any real books, but is worth the watch, especially for fans of shows like The Colbert Report.
Since the rise of YouTube popularity to mass craze proportions, a user created brand of video commentary has become widely viewed, with hundreds or people grabbing for their time in the spotlight. One popular series by Ray William Johnson manages to make fun of how pathetic his viewers and entertain them at the same time with his obnoxious personality. In an episode uploaded in October of 2009, Johnson hosts three viral clips: a trash-barrel backyard explosion, a sexy news correspondent getting air-humped by a guy on the street, and an Asian kid knocking himself out with a healthy dose of stun gun. As with all videos of this type, it’s just for fun, but worth a watch if your at the office trying to waste your employers money. It has already roped in over 3 million views and thousands of pointless arguments in the comments section. View it here if interested, and enjoy.