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Mon, Jan. 25th, 2010 10:13 am
Neato: the literal video meme

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(Anonymous)
Mon, Jan. 25th, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)

Wasn't this the internet meme of about two years ago? You're a bit slow on the uptake there momus.


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Jan. 25th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
RE: slow on the uptake

Let's not get into that tired internet dick-measuring contest. "Yo, have you checked out this video, brah!" takes 5 seconds, an analysis with fancy references to The Accursed Share takes a bit longer to gestate.

For my money this one will always be the best (can't believe you didn't include it, actually):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj-x9ygQEGA


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Jan. 25th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)

Wasn't this the internet meme of about two years ago?

No, caller, it wasn't.

Literal Video Timeline:

The form is invented: October 2008

Huffington Post article on the phenomenon: August 2009

Time magazine selects Total Eclipse of the Heart literal video as its #6 viral video of the year: December 2009

Click Opera sifts examples and adds Bataille references: January 2010

Total duration of meme so far: 15 months from invention

Maximum views for a literal video: 6 million for Total Eclipse of the Heart

Cut out this handy guide, Anon, and tack it to your forehead in case you feel the need to be smug again.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Jan. 25th, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)

can't believe you didn't include it, actually

That one annoys me even more than the original! And it uses "gay" as a pejorative, like the Safety Dance one. And the singing is out of tune. And it isn't by the originator of the form, Neato. In the world of parody, as in the world of pop, the wrong things get the big attention, it seems.


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Jan. 25th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)

Stsanders's video shreds take this further to make an entirely new song to follow the video, to sometimes absurd, sometimes adolescent and inveriably hilarious effect:
http://www.stsanders.com/


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Jan. 25th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)

That Rolling Stones vid on his site is actually brilliant. The lip-synch is perfectly plausible, and the track sounds like Captain Beefheart.

At a certain point, these parodies basically start to become the way we songwriters often work: a lot of my songs are a kind of intentional misunderstanding of existing songs, or a kind of ventriloquism of internalised idols.


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Jan. 25th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)

indeed, you might also enjoy this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQRvqkmKmKo
anything that debunks Queen is fine by me


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Jan. 25th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)

http://imomus.livejournal.com/327479.html (scroll down to "Rock Is Over")


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Jan. 28th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)

Well, you can't have your internet and dissect it too. The word "gay" as a pejorative is as much a part of Youtube as the actual underlying code.
And I get zero mileage out of "unoriginal" or "out of tune". The video is sillier and therefore easier to make fun of, therefore funnier, therefore less gay.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, May. 4th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
Total Eclipse of the Heart

"That one annoys me even more than the original!"

That's your opinion, and you're entitled to it. No argument here. But...

"And it uses "gay" as a pejorative, like the Safety Dance one."

...no, you're wrong. In the "Total Eclipse" video, "gay" means "homosexual", and is not disparaging toward gays. "The gayest man on earth would call this over the top" means that despite the abundance of half-naked men, the most homosexual person would, in this case, feel overwhelmed by the scenario. No "pejorative" whatsoever.

"And the singing is out of tune."

I can hear where she goes flat, but overall, she did well enough. I think the tone of her voice is what divides people more than lack of pitch.

"And it isn't by the originator of the form, Neato."

And your point is...? The Stones didn't originate Rock & Roll, but that's no reason to ignore their work, either. You're really going to dismiss a piece for not being made by the originator of its genre? Good luck enjoying the majority of art in all forms.

"In the world of parody, as in the world of pop, the wrong things get the big attention, it seems."

Actually, DustoMcNeato has gotten plenty of "big attention", and is the sole person to receive national interview coverage for the meme. In fact, when dascottjr's "Total Eclipse" video became a Top Ten viral video of 2009, TIME interviewed Dustin, not dascottjr, about it. In essence, both people have received positive attention and reviews, due to the quality and consistency of their work in the genre. What's so "wrong" with that?


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Jan. 25th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)

Methinks the momus doth protest too much! All right I'll take back the "two years" part. How about this: "Didn't I first see this meme back in 2008, and in its first year of existence wasn't it already covered by such cutting-edge media outlets as MSNBC, Rolling Stone, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, WTOP Talk Radio, ABC's "Nightline", XM Radio's Opie & Anthony, CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, E!'s Daily 10, Fox's Good Day L.A., ABC's Nightline, CNN's iReport, and WIRED Magazine? And wasn't that dichotomy between bland song and carnivalesque video noted as long ago as in 1980 with Not The Nine O'Clock News's "Nice Video, Shame About The Song"?




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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Jan. 25th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)

How long has this been going on?

You buffoon, you forgot to mention that there are precedents in ancient Greece and Rome!


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Jan. 25th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)

And there are, of course, precedents in Ancient Greece and Rome.

There. Happy now?


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Jan. 25th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)

It is all very NTNON. School boy nonsense for posh boys to pass round the tinternet. I expect the gang thug and council scum hash head versions are imminent.


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slime_slime_sly
Tue, Jan. 26th, 2010 10:06 am (UTC)

As usual you are a bit late but have more meat to put in the sauce than others. I have seen proper online art magazines struggling to write something meaningful about the literal music videos before and completely failing (reading like a multi-syllabical version of "uhmmm...yeah so...they rule!they are like...going to save art!because now, like, everyone can do art and...uhmmm...you know, be all iconoclastic and stuff")


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