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(LA Times)   Eight things killing the Harlem Shake, which is apparently some sort of nervous disorder   (latimes.com) divider line 72
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2013-02-17 05:57:32 AM
Can be summed up in two words. White people.
 
2013-02-17 07:03:51 AM
1. Apathy.
 
2013-02-17 07:43:34 AM
2. It's old as fuq?

Seriously, I was watching Kung Faux and they made a reference to it.
 
2013-02-17 08:24:49 AM
3. "Internet crazes" like this, planking, etc., etc., etc., are for the lame at heart.
 
2013-02-17 08:32:30 AM
Anything is unfunny when everybody does it.
 
2013-02-17 08:34:03 AM
What would be funny now, is a Harlem Shake parody.  Where the first bit is the one guy dancing, then the second bit where everyone is supposed to be going nuts, instead everyone is laying around playing dead, but keeping the high intensity music, mocking itself..  I think that would be funny.
 
2013-02-17 08:34:49 AM
I'm kind of glad I apparently slept through this fad.
 
2013-02-17 08:35:20 AM
All your shake are belong to us.

But seriously folks, a meme has to have stopped being funny for about 300 years before the media gets a hold of it.
 
2013-02-17 08:41:17 AM
The inoculation against virality is the establishment mass media.  Internet memes and viral videos have thrived as user driven internet in-jokes.  Now, there's a hashtag on every other commercial and the entertainment and advertising people are hungrily waiting for the next thing they can exploit from the internet.

See: PSY.  People started sharing his Gangnam Style video online because it was weird and catchy.  Establishment types said, ah, this is popular, we can exploit this.  Bam, PSY in a New Years show, PSY on SNL, PSY selling pistachios to Superbowl viewers.  Part of that is responding to demand-- people liked PSY, after all-- but mostly it's exploiting something and running it into the ground until any potential is exhausted.
 
2013-02-17 08:42:14 AM
#1 - It's farking stupid?
 
2013-02-17 08:42:17 AM
Meanwhile I see fans of trap music complaining that the style is dead thanks to the popularity of "Harlem Shake."
 
2013-02-17 08:42:34 AM
Me? Can I kill it?
 
2013-02-17 08:42:35 AM
What would truly signal the end is a Downfall version of the Harlem Shake.
 
2013-02-17 08:43:40 AM
Wow, that was quick

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=L-B8PTNiBXU&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3 D L-B8PTNiBXU
 
2013-02-17 08:43:58 AM

TeDDD: Bam, PSY in a New Years show, PSY on SNL, PSY selling pistachios to Superbowl viewers.


I preferred Hyuna.
 
2013-02-17 08:44:05 AM

ZzeusS: What would be funny now, is a Harlem Shake parody.  Where the first bit is the one guy dancing, then the second bit where everyone is supposed to be going nuts, instead everyone is laying around playing dead, but keeping the high intensity music, mocking itself..  I think that would be funny.


Daily Show did it

Also, Freddy Wong says knock it off
 
2013-02-17 08:45:05 AM
A serial killer hunting down people in the videos and stabbing them to death?
I hear they call him the Harlem Shank.
 
2013-02-17 08:45:10 AM

Glitchwerks: Meanwhile I see fans of trap music complaining that the style is dead thanks to the popularity of "Harlem Shake."


Dude, Trap was dead last summer, where've you been?
 
2013-02-17 08:48:58 AM
Thus is the first time I've heard "Harlem" and "Shake" together in a sentence. At first it sounded delicious. Now I'm sad.

/maybe i can start making Harlem shakes
//anyone care to preorder?
 
2013-02-17 08:50:58 AM

Ishkur: Glitchwerks: Meanwhile I see fans of trap music complaining that the style is dead thanks to the popularity of "Harlem Shake."

Dude, Trap was dead last summer, where've you been?


They're still putting dubstep over tampon commercials.
 
2013-02-17 08:51:26 AM
Over analysis kills anything it's ugly hands touches
 
2013-02-17 08:51:50 AM

lordluzr: Thus is the first time I've heard "Harlem" and "Shake" together in a sentence. At first it sounded delicious. Now I'm sad.

/maybe i can start making Harlem shakes
//anyone care to preorder?


This. I had never heard of this until this thread. Fark you  subbyfor exposing me to such nonsense.
 
2013-02-17 08:53:19 AM

Sir Cumference the Flatulent: Can be summed up in two words. White people.


Ironic since it was white people who started the meme.

lordluzr: /maybe i can start making Harlem shakes
//anyone care to preorder?


Bill O'Reilly will be first in line for the special loofah flavored version.
 
2013-02-17 08:58:23 AM
If redheads do the Harlem Shake, can it be termed "Strawberry-Flavored Death"?
 
2013-02-17 09:02:05 AM
You know what would really kill it?

"Harlem Shake-Parkinson's Edition"
 
2013-02-17 09:05:00 AM
I didn't realize it existed until about 4 days ago. It seems like it was gone as quickly as it came about. It is a great time waster; mrs bearcats and I found ourselves watching about 10 minutes of videos a few nights ago. We really just enjoy watching everyone's antics after the bass drops. Can't help but think of my own dancing.
 
2013-02-17 09:07:07 AM

i1288.photobucket.com

Not sure ir internet meme or OCD convention.

 
2013-02-17 09:10:17 AM

Ishkur: Dude, Trap was dead last summer, where've you been?


Detroit snob, remember?  I avoid trap and dubstep. :p
 
2013-02-17 09:19:18 AM
The only one that has actually amused me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hpEnLtqUDg
 
2013-02-17 09:20:35 AM

Glitchwerks: Meanwhile I see fans of trap music complaining that the style is dead thanks to the popularity of "Harlem Shake."


I love trap music and I hope it gets super popular, so I can hear it out more. It needs to be heard on giant speakers to be truly appreciated. Once it burns out, there will be a few die-hards to keep it alive like every other formerly-popular dance music style (see: drum and bass, terrorcore, UK garage, jungle, etc).
 
2013-02-17 09:22:02 AM
The Harlem Shake is alive and well and will remain so for some time. It's an excellent marker for the incredibly lame. Guaranteed indicator.
 
2013-02-17 09:28:11 AM
 
2013-02-17 09:47:31 AM
Yep, stick a fork in it, this is on the front page of msn.com today:

i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-17 09:54:57 AM
It's much more interesting to watch certain individuals rather than the whole group dancing, especially in the army one when the guy falls out the window.
 
2013-02-17 09:59:29 AM
I am almost 53 years old. is it wrong that I have better things to do and not give a fark?
 
2013-02-17 10:02:15 AM
can someone link to the original monstrosity that started this crud. Im curious to see if it was eally something to dance about. I can't find it in the quagmire of crappy videos out there.
 
2013-02-17 10:04:42 AM

Anthracite: can someone link to the original monstrosity that started this crud. Im curious to see if it was eally something to dance about. I can't find it in the quagmire of crappy videos out there.


http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/harlem-shake
 
2013-02-17 10:06:48 AM

Ishkur: ZzeusS: What would be funny now, is a Harlem Shake parody.  Where the first bit is the one guy dancing, then the second bit where everyone is supposed to be going nuts, instead everyone is laying around playing dead, but keeping the high intensity music, mocking itself..  I think that would be funny.

Daily Show did it

Also, Freddy Wong says knock it off



See, that Node one was pretty funny.
 
2013-02-17 10:13:27 AM
In the one labelled good in TFA, it appears that the person (chap?) in the mask spends much of the second half fondling the genitals of the young man in the red underpants. Is this an essential feature of the "Harlem Shake" or can it be done without?
 
2013-02-17 10:20:48 AM

Lee451


I am almost 53 years old. is it wrong that I have better things to do and not give a fark?


And yet here you are on Fark. Moral high ground: not yours.
 
2013-02-17 10:23:10 AM
I'm slowly becoming further and further removed from this kind of crap. Soon entire fads will come and go and I will remain blissfully unaware. Looking forward to it. Got to go, someone is on my lawn.
 
2013-02-17 10:50:35 AM
"A number of terrible Harlem Shake videos threatens to kill the meme."


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2013-02-17 10:52:26 AM
Meh... Hating things that are mainstream is too mainstream for me.
 
2013-02-17 10:57:30 AM
2.bp.blogspot.com
Warned us
 
2013-02-17 11:25:45 AM
Heroin is making a comeback in Harlem?

DNRTA
 
2013-02-17 11:25:55 AM
This thread is my first exposure to this. I really could have lived just fine without ever knowing about this.
 
2013-02-17 11:29:03 AM

mccallcl: I love trap music and I hope it gets super popular, so I can hear it out more. It needs to be heard on giant speakers to be truly appreciated.


Be careful of what you wish for.

mccallcl: Once it burns out, there will be a few die-hards to keep it alive like every other formerly-popular dance music style (see: drum and bass, terrorcore, UK garage, jungle, etc).


Drum n bass and UK garage aren't "formerly-popular" styles.  Both are still wildly popular and definitely not on life support.  Terrorcore/gabber/hardcore was never that popular to begin with, but has had a steady following like it always has.  Jungle, yeah, maybe.
 
2013-02-17 11:47:43 AM
now if rap and hip hop "music" would just get the word
 
2013-02-17 11:55:40 AM

Glitchwerks: Be careful of what you wish for.


I'm old. No one is going to hand me a flyer or invite me to some warehouse party. The only way I'm going to get to hear trap music on huge subs with a bunch of people jumping up and down is if the event is so mainstream it's impossible for me to ignore. I went through the stages of grief with jungle, emo, math rock, post-hardcore, ska and swing in the 90s, I'll be OK.

Glitchwerks: Drum n bass and UK garage aren't "formerly-popular" styles.  Both are still wildly popular and definitely not on life support.


Old dance music styles never die, they just go "underground". Remember garage rock? Crust punk? Thrash? Speed metal? Rap-rock? Grunge? You can still go see a band perform any of those styles on any given night somewhere in your city. You just have to look a bit harder. As far as the mainstream is concerned, most of these styles have been "dead" for a decade at least, some (like thrash) are on their second revival.

The dance music styles of yesteryear get hyphen-stepped, or influence some other mainstream work, or end up in a revival. Most cities maintain purist nights  for DnB, there are still dubstep nights around town, and even boom-bap 90s style hip hop has a home in your average city. However, Drum and Bass is not "wildly popular" in the United States, by even the dance music definition. On soundcloud maybe, but I'd be shocked if I walked into a club and they were playing DnB and it was packed.
 
2013-02-17 11:57:44 AM
An internet fad is not over until my mom calls me and tells me she saw it on Ellen or SNL.
 
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