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(96.1 KISS)   The moment the Today Show took the fun out of Harlem Shake videos forever   (961kiss.com) divider line 31
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2013-02-13 11:35:23 AM  
WTF is a "Harlem Shake"?

*clicks YouTube*
*watches video*

.........no.
 
2013-02-13 12:02:37 PM  
I have to admit this "craze" came and went without me noticing at all.
 
2013-02-13 12:17:55 PM  
LOL
 
2013-02-13 12:57:50 PM  
I don't believe something has ever been ruined before I had ever heard of it before.
 
2013-02-13 01:10:42 PM  
That's it.  We're done.  Everyone go the fark home.
 
2013-02-13 01:17:37 PM  
 
2013-02-13 01:52:55 PM  
The "Harlem Shake" videos were never fun. They're what passes for humor on the Internet. Allow me to demonstrate how this works.

1. A person says or does something unusual within earshot of the Internet.
2. Somebody else references the thing in an irreverent way, makes his/her own take on it, etc.
3. A bunch of "me-too" references crop up. They want the upvotes, likes/shares, or Internet infamy
3. It suddenly becomes funny to reference the thing whether it has any significance to a conversation. If you have nothing original to say in a thread, just blurt out that catchphrase.
4. The thing winds up on a mainstream source, such a sitcom, talk show, newspaper, radio show, etc. Either that or the originator will attempt to monetize the thing.
5. Everyone acts absolutely irate. "That was our thing," they'll cry out, "and you stole it from us." (This is particularly amusing if the original thing came from mainstream media)
6. The cycle starts over again.

For more examples, please see the following:
* Arrow in the knee
* Ain't nobody got time for that
* Amber lamps
* Chocolate rain
* Hot cocoa sampler box
* All your base are belong to us
* The cake is a lie
* Grumy cat
* McKayla is not impressed
* Gangnam Style
* Keep calm and carry on
 
2013-02-13 02:56:00 PM  

GreenAdder: The "Harlem Shake" videos were never fun. They're what passes for humor on the Internet. Allow me to demonstrate how this works.

1. A person says or does something unusual within earshot of the Internet.
2. Somebody else references the thing in an irreverent way, makes his/her own take on it, etc.
3. A bunch of "me-too" references crop up. They want the upvotes, likes/shares, or Internet infamy
3. It suddenly becomes funny to reference the thing whether it has any significance to a conversation. If you have nothing original to say in a thread, just blurt out that catchphrase.
4. The thing winds up on a mainstream source, such a sitcom, talk show, newspaper, radio show, etc. Either that or the originator will attempt to monetize the thing.
5. Everyone acts absolutely irate. "That was our thing," they'll cry out, "and you stole it from us." (This is particularly amusing if the original thing came from mainstream media)
6. The cycle starts over again.

For more examples, please see the following:
* Arrow in the knee
* Ain't nobody got time for that
* Amber lamps
* Chocolate rain
* Hot cocoa sampler box
* All your base are belong to us
* The cake is a lie
* Grumy cat
* McKayla is not impressed
* Gangnam Style
* Keep calm and carry on


Sounds like your jimmies have been rustled.
 
2013-02-13 03:03:31 PM  
Wait.... how do you take the fun out of something that was painfully uninteresting to begin with?
 
2013-02-13 03:27:07 PM  

FriarReb98: WTF is a "Harlem Shake"?

*clicks YouTube*
*watches video*

.........no.


Nabb1: I have to admit this "craze" came and went without me noticing at all.


Thought I was the only one who was clueless. Then I Googled it and almost said, "Fark the internet. I'm done."

Everything is a meme now and everything is viral.
 
2013-02-13 04:07:53 PM  

AiryAnne: FriarReb98: WTF is a "Harlem Shake"?

*clicks YouTube*
*watches video*

.........no.

Nabb1: I have to admit this "craze" came and went without me noticing at all.

Thought I was the only one who was clueless. Then I Googled it and almost said, "Fark the internet. I'm done."

Everything is a meme now and everything is viral.


Yeah, I've watched a few of these videos to try and figure out what the fark the point really is. Seems to be a bunch of people with no rhythm moving around to an annoying song. It doesn't even seem to be actual dancing. Also, apparently someone needs to be dressed as a power ranger, and someone in the foreground needs to travel across the screen backwards?
 
2013-02-13 04:14:39 PM  
But does it bring all the boys to the yard?

/waaay behind the times
//and what's with the Korean guy dancing like a horse anyway?
 
2013-02-13 04:25:20 PM  
I was told about it yesterday. My friend that works at Groupon did a video this morning at work with a bunch of her co-workers. Now it's dead.

"Come on kids, let's go home."
"We are home."
"That was fast."
 
2013-02-13 04:28:16 PM  
So long, fair meme. We hardly knew ye. We didn't even get time to have a porn parody of it.
 
2013-02-13 04:52:44 PM  
The "Harlem Shake" videos were never fun. They're what passes for humor on the Internet. Allow some douchebag to demonstrate how this works.

1. A person says or does something unusual within earshot of the Internet.
2. Somebody else references the thing in an irreverent way, makes his/her own take on it, etc.
3. A bunch of "me-too" references crop up. They want the upvotes, likes/shares, or Internet infamy
3. It suddenly becomes funny to reference the thing whether it has any significance to a conversation. If you have nothing original to say in a thread, just blurt out that catchphrase.
4. The thing winds up on a mainstream source, such a sitcom, talk show, newspaper, radio show, etc. Either that or the originator will attempt to monetize the thing.
5. Everyone acts absolutely irate. "That was our thing," they'll cry out, "and you stole it from us." (This is particularly amusing if the original thing came from mainstream media)
6. The cycle starts over again.

For more examples, please see the following:
* GreenAdder
* GreenAdder
* GreenAdder
* GreenAdder
* GreenAdder
* GreenAdder
* GreenAdder
* GreenAdder
 
2013-02-13 04:55:57 PM  
I just heard about this yesterday (on Fark) and now it's done. The cycle seems to be getting faster. But this meme did seem pretty stupid, and that could be why it went so fast.
 
2013-02-13 04:56:19 PM  
halfof33:

For more examples, please see the following:
* GreenAdder
* GreenAdder
* GreenAdder
* GreenAdder
* GreenAdder
* GreenAdder
* GreenAdder
* GreenAdder


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2013-02-13 04:56:51 PM  

GAT_00: I don't believe something has ever been ruined before I had ever heard of it before.


Same here.  Thank god I missed it.
 
2013-02-13 05:01:11 PM  

bikerbob59: GAT_00: I don't believe something has ever been ruined before I had ever heard of it before.

Same here.  Thank god I missed it.


You guys are slower on the uptake than the Today show?


Please hand in your high speed internet ID's, your AOL accounts are ready for you
 
2013-02-13 05:32:01 PM  
23 skidoo.
I'm a hepcat now
 
2013-02-13 06:22:27 PM  
 
2013-02-13 08:04:16 PM  
First I limp to the side like my leg was broken
Shakin' and twitchin' kinda like I was smokin'
Crazy wack funky
People say ya look like M.C. Hammer on crack, Humpty
 
2013-02-13 08:07:46 PM  
This is going to be the next stupid farking "Gangman Style/Call Me Maybe" thing isn't it?

I farking hate people who think they're being funny and original when in reality they're just being stupid
 
2013-02-14 02:44:24 AM  
What's worse than the today show doing the harlem shake?

People whining about it as though it was the pinnacle of humor and now "the adults made it lame". Please pull your heads out of your asses.
 
2013-02-14 06:33:27 AM  
It's lame for sure, but if I remember correctly the original one was just as stupid.
 
2013-02-14 08:21:48 AM  
I guess trap is hitting mainstream.

Maybe all the dubstep bandwagon jumpers will go drive that style into the ground now.
 
2013-02-14 08:36:02 AM  
Is it just me, or do memes die out so much faster? Taking very few examples: Rick Rolling lasted a while, Gangnam style lasted a couple months, and now this "Harlem Shake" is born and dead within a few weeks. I imagine we'll get to micro memes eventually? "Ah, you didn't see that video six seconds ago? It's already played out."
 
2013-02-14 08:42:43 AM  
the absolute best HS video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hpEnLtqUDg

so much to see and enjoy.
 
2013-02-14 02:14:28 PM  
This is two silly things.

This week's dumbass meme.

The Today show is still a fap for haters.
 
2013-02-14 08:26:32 PM  
So this had a shorter shelf life than the Macarena and Gangem Style.
 
2013-02-16 04:39:24 PM  
This is easily my favorite internet meme yet.  Better than planking.  Better than cats.  Yes, I said it.  Better than cats.
 
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