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'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Sunday, 29 August 2010

The Phenomenon of YouTube clips going 'Viral'

I have posted many YouTube clips before on this blog.

YouTube clips vary from music videos example: An Unexpected Song - Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
to science videos, example:  Nature by Numbers - Cristobel Vila
to advertisements, examples: Old Spice and Sony
to 'home' videos examples: 'Where the Hell is Matt?' and 'Ninja Cat' and 'Four Seasons River'
to little commercial movies example: 'Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty'.

These days there wouldn't be many inter-netters who had not visited YouTube and watched something that they enjoyed.
There are many wonderful, odd, quirky, weird or just plain delightful clips that have gathered so much momentum, that they have 'gone viral' - or spread throughout the internet world, to the point where people quote extracts from them in conversation, and nearby total strangers laugh.

Example:  Charlie Bit Me.  (as of writing this clip shows 223,505,698 views)

Then you have the related phenomenon of people taking a viral clip and mucking around with it.  This is called a 'remix'.

Example:  A double rainbow.   A double rainbow remix.

And now, an artwork from a viral clip.  This one is simple, but I think there's great potential.

Example: original clip - Mocha's first broccoli.
And here is the art:

Stumbled upon just now:  Granny O'Grimm's short reaction on hearing about 'her' nomination for an Oscar.


  1. I can't see many YouTube clips either of or from the Bay of Plenty, NZ. I challenge you to change this Katherine by uploading your own little video of your home area. In fact I double dare you - so that means you have to do it! If technologically freaked out by this just get one of your tender offspring to assist.

  2. I'm actually working on one at the moment, YP. But it's 'arty' rather than local.


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