Going Viral

With the invention of digital media and technology, anyone can be a producer of media. But what is a producer without an audience?

Even before the invention of YouTube, laypeople used to use the Internet to try and spread their creative works to the masses. Nowadays we have a term for this, we call it “going viral.”

Even dictionary.com now has a new definition of viral. They define viral as “relating to or involving an image, video, piece of information, etc., that is circulated rapidly and widely from one Internet user to another.”

The first two viral videos that I remember are:

(1)The Oogachaka Video of the dancing baby. This video was circulating before the days of YouTube and therefore it only has 2 million views on YouTube. It’s kind of funny to see the difference in image quality between 1996 and 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5x5OXfe9KY

(2)The second viral video I remember was the “Numa Numa” video (Although I’m not sure if the guy in the video had intended for his video to be seen by over 53,000,000 people).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60og9gwKh1o

I this it is really cool that nowadays anyone can post a video on YouTube that, if funny enough, can be seen by millions and millions of people.  Before the internet, how would a layman get their work out to masses?

What’s your favorite video or image that has gone viral?

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