A viral video is a video that becomes popular on the internet. This usually happens through sharing between users of internet video sites and email. The most popular of these sites is YouTube. Other sites include JibJab, Google Video, Collegehumor, FunnyorDie, and Break.com. Viral videos are often humorous. Their content can range from news stories to homemade amateur videos to TV sketches from shows like Saturday Night Live or Family Guy.
Viral videos get their name from viral marketing. Viral marketing is a form of marketing where information is passed from person to person. With a viral video, this information (video) sharing happens electronically. The availability of affordable digital cameras, video editing software, and the popularity of camera phones has caused the popularity and number of viral videos to skyrocket in recent years. A viral video can turn ordinary unknown people into instant Internet celebrities.
One of the earliest viral videos was a precursor to South Park called The Spirit of Christmas (1995) by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. What really got the whole viral video ball rolling though was the release of 1996’s Dancing Baby, which was video of a 3D model of a dancing baby. This viral video was initially passed through email. The video became so popular that the character of the dancing baby even appeared on the TV show Ally McBeal.
Here are five of the best viral videos on the Internet today.
Viral Video: Pinky the Cat
Poor Pinky! He is a cat in need of a good caring home. I wonder why he hasn’t been adopted yet. Watch this video and see.
Viral Video:Hooked on a Feeling (David Hasselhoff)
I don’t think David Hasselhoff gets the best career advice. I don’t believe I have ever seen anything as odd as this viral video. Hasselhoff, famous for Baywatch, isn’t a half bad singer. But egads! This viral video is awful and ridiculous! It has absolutely nothing to do with the song. Let me sum it up ooga chakka hooga hooga, whole body fur coat, wedding dancing, wiener dogs, angels, native Africans dancing, owl man, safari David, skiing, and fish in mouth. Just watch it, you know you can’t resist. I love this viral video because it’s so bizarre that it’s a classic!
Viral Video: The Exploding Whale
This could be perhaps the original viral video. This is a tape from a local news show in Lane County, Oregon in 1970. What is truly amazing is that this was done on purpose. You see, there was this whale that beached itself and died. At first, the locals were satisfied with the curiosity of the thing. Then it began to smell bad. What to do? Blow it up into tiny pieces with a half ton of dynamite and make seagull food out of it. Of course! So that’s just what they did. But, not surprisingly, it went oh so wrong. This video is hilarious. My two favorite lines: “Our cameras stopped rolling immediately after the blast. The humor of the entire situation suddenly gave way to a run for survival as huge chunks of whale blubber fell everywhere.” And of course, “Fortunately no human was hit as badly as the car however everyone on the scene was covered with small particles of dead whale.”
Viral Video: Matt Damon Rips Sarah Palin
Comparing Sarah Palin running for vice president to a really bad Disney movie, pompous actor Matt Damon spouts off to CBS News during the 2008 presidential campaign. Matt sounds like he really knows a thing or two about politics, which he might, but I always find it patronizing when actors spout off about politics like they’re experts. I was rolling on the floor laughing when Matt said “I need to know if she really thinks dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago. I want to know that. I really do, because she’s gonna have the nuclear codes.” Priceless!
And the most disturbing Viral Video: Breastfeeding….at 8
Attachment parenting at its worst, the title of this viral video says it all. I have nothing else to say. Really. Nothing. Just don’t watch this after eating.
Wikipedia: Viral Video
YouTube: Pinky the Cat
YouTube: Hooked on a Feeling (David Hasselhoff)
YouTube: Matt Damon Rips Sarah Palin
YouTube: The Exploding Whale
YouTube: Breastfeeding….at 8