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Milton Glaser talks about his role models
... Think of these names, then, as part of a much larger community of designers, artists, collaborators, and clients who have been important to Glaser within the legacy of American design. “We have a short but rich history,” says Glaser. Here are some of the people who shaped it.
The clip lasts just 5 sec. but has been viewed more than 19 million times. All the video shows is a chipmunk turning its head quickly. But when dubbed with a high-drama score, the chipmunk looks as if he's just witnessed a sinister plot, or perhaps has been caught in the act himself. "Dramatic Chipmunk" is the kind of video you can watch over and over and still not get sick of it — the makings of a true YouTube classic.
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
A tabby, dressed in blue, appears to play a tune on a keyboard. Seen on its own, it makes very little sense. But when a YouTube user found the footage and placed it at the end of another video, it spread like wildfire. "Play him off, Keyboard Cat" became a way to signal it was time to wrap it up after an awkward situation or slip-and-fall blooper. Keyboard Cat mashups add a touch more absurdity to already absurd situations, like a man falling off a treadmill or Miss Teen South Carolina flubbing her geography. Combine that with the Internet's penchant for cats, and a craze is born.
At a September 2007 forum with Senator John Kerry at the University of Florida, student Andrew Meyer was arrested and Tasered after loudly questioning Kerry about his ties to President George W. Bush. The video shows Meyer screaming, "What did I do?" and, more famously, "Don't Tase me, bro!" before being subdued by police. Kerry can be heard in the background, awkwardly attempting to answer the question while officers subdue Meyer in the back of the auditorium. Critics questioned the officers' tactics, and others questioned Meyer's motives. But everyone tuned in — the video has been viewed more than 4 million times.
Chris Crocker had been consistently video blogging from his grandparents' house as a way of coping with being an openly gay teen in the American South. But when he posted a tearful rant defending his idol Britney Spears after her disastrous MTV Video Music Awards performance in 2007, he became a household name. "Anyone who has a problem with her, you deal with me," he cried. And some people did — though Crocker gained temporary fame, he also dealt with homophobic YouTube comments and even death threats.
The trick goes like this: you are sent an e-mail or instant message with a link to something seemingly cool. But when you click, all you get is singer Rick Astley's 1987 video for "Never Gonna Give You Up." Huh? The bait and switch originated on the online forum 4Chan, when a user promised a video-game trailer and instead led readers to Astley's '80s-tastic track. The trick, dubbed Rickrolling, spread like wildfire in 2008; Astley, clearly in on the joke, even performed his signature song during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that year.
"Here It Goes Again" wasn't OK Go's first taste of Internet fame — the band got mainstream attention for its video for "A Million Ways," a low-budget backyard dance routine. But "Here It Goes Again" — perhaps better known as "that treadmill video" — grew big enough to even get acknowledgement from the Grammys. The band took home the trophy for Best Short-Form Music Video in 2007 for the clip, which featured an elaborately choreographed routine performed on moving treadmills (a dance that, perhaps equally impressively, was shot in a single take). But this example of Internet fame has an unhappy footnote: though YouTube gave the group its break, OK Go recently sparred with its record label for not allowing fans to embed its videos.
More than 57 million people have seen 7-year-old David DeVore's backseat trip from the dentist's office after oral surgery. The medication seems to have left David in a higher state of consciousness: he spouts lines like "You have four eyes" and "Is this gonna be forever?" Some critics called the video exploitative — arguing it took advantage of a child for laughs — but in interviews, David said he wasn't bothered by the attention and that his classmates thought the clip was funny. Once the world had seen David, his father set up a website selling T-shirts featuring David's classic question, "Is this real life?" And it's paying off: the DeVores have made nearly enough to cover David's (eventual) college education.
From the robot to the chicken dance to the twist (but curiously stopping short of the Macarena), inspirational comedian Jud Laipply does it all in this 6-min. dance sequence. Moving seamlessly between eras, Laipply has been viewed more than 138 million times for a reason — his video triggers nostalgia in the happiest of ways. We can all remember, begrudgingly or not, mimicking Vanilla Ice or the cast of Grease at one time or another, though maybe not with Laipply's infectious enthusiasm.
YouTube's most viewed video of all time is an unlikely champion. Seen more than 170 million times since its posting in May 2007, "Charlie Bit My Finger" was never meant to be anything more than a family flick. But the Internet's hive mind saw something it liked and catapulted the clip, which depicts a laughing British baby gnawing on the finger of his crying brother, past "Evolution of Dance" as YouTube's views champ by the fall of 2009.
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Just couldn't help sharing this one for everyone.