Gangnam, Harlem Shake, and Other Bad Ideas
People with free time everywhere have been looking for the next semi-hilarious dance step they could do for about 30 seconds and upload to the internet. Right in the nick of time, a YouTube vlogger (we will not dignify him with a mention, but his info can be found here) digs up this catchy tune and a delightfully terrible dance move and gifts us with “The Harlem Shake.”
Here is the original:
And then here are a few of the more than 50,000 video versions of this “dance”:
Next, we present the Ethiopian tribal dance that The Harlem Shake is reportedly derived from:
And finally, here is a video of The Macarena, just to remind everyone that, yes fad dance video memes appear from time to time, but we also know that they quickly disappear again and “normal” life continues.
Oh, this is newsworthy because unlike previous YouTube dance crazes like “Gangnam Style” and “Teach Me How to Dougie,” the internet-enabled world of would-be copycats was completely ready for a new web-based DIY dance craze… sources report that in the 12 days following the video’s debut on Febuary 2nd, the internet collectively has managed to upload more than 4,000 variations of “The Harlem Shake” every day. That is astounding. How soon until the next uploadable YouTube fan dance craze hits us? Hopefully soon, because our local biker store is sold out of sweet motorcycle helmets.
****Also: don’t forget our event with Peter Shankman, Feb 28 at the State Room.