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(LA Times)   Eight things killing the Harlem Shake, which is apparently some sort of nervous disorder   ( latimes.com) divider line
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2013-02-17 08:41:17 AM  
6 votes:
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 08:34:49 AM  
3 votes:
I'm kind of glad I apparently slept through this fad.
2013-02-17 05:57:32 AM  
3 votes:
Can be summed up in two words. White people.
2013-02-17 08:42:14 AM  
2 votes:
#1 - It's farking stupid?
2013-02-17 08:24:49 AM  
2 votes:
3. "Internet crazes" like this, planking, etc., etc., etc., are for the lame at heart.
2013-02-17 03:56:31 PM  
1 vote:
I'm proud to have survived the past two weeks not having ever seen nor have described to be exactly what the 'Harlem Shake' is.
2013-02-17 12:03:29 PM  
1 vote:

soup sandwich: now if rap and hip hop "music" would just get the word

"Clicks on profile"

Yep, from a flyover state.  Nailed it.
2013-02-17 11:57:44 AM  
1 vote:
An internet fad is not over until my mom calls me and tells me she saw it on Ellen or SNL.
2013-02-17 11:55:40 AM  
1 vote:

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 10:52:26 AM  
1 vote:
Meh... Hating things that are mainstream is too mainstream for me.
2013-02-17 10:50:35 AM  
1 vote:
"A number of terrible Harlem Shake videos threatens to kill the meme."

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2013-02-17 08:43:58 AM  
1 vote:

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

I preferred Hyuna.
2013-02-17 08:35:20 AM  
1 vote:
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 08:32:30 AM  
1 vote:
Anything is unfunny when everybody does it.
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