Don’t worry. A viral video is not something that some nerd whipped up in his parents’s basement that is going to wreak havoc on your computer. Rather, a viral video is one that gains huge popularity through the sharing of it via email and the web, such as social networking sites like Facebook. You’ve probably received them and didn’t realize they actually had a name. These videos stay with us for one reason or another. With sites like You Tube, it’s easy for a video to reach millions in no time at all. I have seen hundreds of these videos, some making the rounds more than once. Digging into the archives of my brain, I pulled out two that have always stuck with me as being funny. The other one is new, and gaining in popularity for other reasons.
Superfriends – Wassup
I grew up watching the Superfriends on Saturday mornings with my father. Pairing clips from one of my favorite cartoons with the Budweiser “True” audio is just brilliant. The work that the person put into this, matching the video with the audio, is incredible. It looks like they really are speaking the lines, and the action in the scenes coincides perfectly with the audio. Check it out on You Tube. It’s less than a minute and so worth your time.
David Hasselhoff – Hooked on a Feeling
A friend first brought this video to my attention a couple of years ago and I died laughing. When you watch it (or any David Hasselhoff video/performance for that matter), you have to wonder. Seriously, this guy is either extremely brilliant with his cheesy performances, or he truly believes that he has talent. One word describes “The Hoff”, and that’s Trashtastic! The video is an absolute train wreck that you can’t turn away from. The Hoff takes us on a trip to Africa, juggles videos of himself, flies through the air as if he is playing Wii Fit, and shows off those dance moves that the people of Germany seem to love so much. Random weird characters come in and out of the scenes ,including a barking daschund. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to this video, but check it out anyway.
M.I.A – Born Free
What better way to gain popularity than to create controversy and have your video banned from You Tube? Everyone is up in arms over M.I.A’s video for her new release, “Born Free”. There is nothing funny about the video, but it is certainly making its rounds because of the subject matter. United States military-like personnel round up all the red heads and escort them off to a concentration-style camp. There’s nudity and graphic violence, and it’s a statement about what goes on in other parts of the world. The video is done very well and it has a strong and serious message. The violence and nudity are not gratuitous, but real. It’s around 9 minutes in length, but the video is definitely worth checking out. See for yourself what is getting banned and causing so much controversy.