Life as an out-of-the-blue internet celebrity has its share of ups and downs, in large part because nobody ever has time to plan for it. One day you were sitting there minding your own business making an ass of yourself in front of an intimate group of cameramen and tv reporters, and the next thing you know your compulsive buffoonery was being spread across the internet by an army of pasty-faced basement-dwelling geeks while they waited for their Call of Duty buddies to get home from the comic book store.
Your life was no longer under your own control – not once You Became a Meme:
And here is the original video, just for purposes of comparison.
No, who am I kidding? I am putting this up just because I like this song, I like this video, and because this is my blog and I can do WHATEVER I WANT. (Cue evil supervillain laugh.)
And finally, this one is perhaps my favorite meme of all time: "I Like Turtles."
This kid might have been left out of the music video, but you will always be in our hearts, Jonathan.
Even if you are like twenty-eight years old by now.
Because when it comes right down to it, I like turtles too.
Bobby socks. Poodle skirts. Tailfins on cars… Nostalgia for the 1950’s brings us back to a time when American civilization was adjusting to the realities of the Atomic Age and teetering on the precipice of the future. No area of society was undergoing more radical change than the music industry. From the provocative gyrations of Elvis Presley to Chuck Berry’s driving rhythms on the newly introduced electric guitar, the face of music was changing and finding new ways to speak to a suddenly exploding population of baby boomers hungry for a way to express their individuality.
It was a little-known player in the nascent computer industry called the Apple corporation which poured gasoline on the fire by providing these suburban teenagers with a tremendous and unforeseen innovation – portability. On this date in 1957 the first iPod was rolled out, accompanied by one of the first nationwide ad campaigns. Hired spokesmen Bill Haley and His Comets appeared on a commercial during the Ed Sullivan Show promoting the device as "Your Own Way to Rock Around the Clock" and the product took off immediately. Subsequent models soon doubled the battery life to an astounding forty minutes. The consumer culture was born, electronics supplanted electricity as the latest scientific boon to society, and the nation hurtled headlong into the modern age.
But it all began right here:
Ideally, the first post of a blog would be able to achieve two purposes - establishing your philosophical outlook and setting the tone for what is to come. This clip fits the bill nicely on both counts. Here is a perfectly edited video from YouTube user TLCIK55 which mashes together two of my favorite means of entertainment – Ren and Stimpy and Monty Python.
I never noticed before how much whistling was going on in those cartoons.
Now if I can only find a clip of John Cleese singing “Happy Happy Joy Joy”