Unfortunately it is hard to discount the media’s influence on helping create the most popular viral videos. The term “viral video” means the video spreads across the internet similar to computer virus. Unfortunately for the little guy, most viral internet videos are created by famous figures. Often they are presidential addresses or stars speaking on topics like sex tapes or abuse. These videos get exposure by the media and are subsequently looked up by the population on big video websites like YouTube, TMZ
MySpace and Facebook. So the top videos must have criteria that are clear. If videos are ranked according the raw hits, presidential addresses, celebrity confessions and major business announcements will always hold the top spots. I chose quality as my critical factor. Let’s review these videos.
My top spot goes to the Lane Bryant commercial that was pulled from television. While watching the commercial, we can see there is nothing obviously objectionable about the ad, but it was perceived in some quarters as risqué. While I fervently disagree, I am glad to see that people can still view the commercial and it got more than 1 million hits on YouTube. The quality of the shoot is excellent, the fades are perfect and the theme of beautiful larger women is greatly appreciated by me. I married a large woman and I appreciate beauty in many forms. This ad should not have been pulled from television and if you review the responses, there are thousands of people that agree with my opinion.
My close second pick is “100 Greatest Hits of YouTube in 4 minutes”. This video takes you through years of YouTube and television showing excerpts from the most memorable YouTube videos played to music. I loved this video and apparently so did 6 million other people. This video is quite memorable and fun, especially the falls, ramps and slips. You can view this video on YouTube by typing in the name just as it is printed above.
My final viral video pick is Haudouken Mix – M.A.D. It is a mix about an insane man dressed as a mouse costume going around attacking people in his neighborhood. The video is played to Haudouken music (it is a music video and it is filmed with excellent cinematography. The camera movements, the music and the acting keep you sitting on the edge of your seat to the very end. This video tells an original story with an exceptionally original ending. I’d highly recommend it.
These videos seemed to talk to me on an intellectual and emotional level. They have catchy tunes and wonderful cinematography. With more than 8 million views combined, they apparently spoke volumes to other watchers as well.