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Top Five Classical Memes, Hashtags and Videos in 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

The classical music world wasn’t about to let some of the biggest online memes pass it by in 2012, and also contributed a few of its own niche hashtags to the Twitter conversation.

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The Takeaway

YouTube's New Greatest Hit

Monday, November 26, 2012

Gangnam style marked a new milestone over the weekend as it became the most-watched item ever posted to YouTube with more than 800 million views. It has even edged out Justin Bieber — such is its success. Euny Hong, lifestyle editor for Quartz, explains.

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It's A Free Blog

Meme Patrol: #MuslimRage

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The hashtag was overtaken instantly by tweets mocking the concept of specifically “Muslim” rage, detailing rage-triggers that were sometimes inanely innocuous, sometimes darkly ironic, and all very much on point with what it means to be a modern Muslim.

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Transportation Nation

Korean Gangnam Rap Vid -- NYC Subway Remix Style

Monday, September 17, 2012

How to know you're a transit nut: your first impression upon seeing the video for the Korean pop song/brain worm known as "Gangnam Style" is "wow, the Seoul subway sure looks clean."

The song -- by the rapper known as PSY -- was highlighted this weekend on both NPR and Saturday Night Live. It has become the first Korean pop song to top the U.S. iTunes chart, in no small part because of the absurdly lavish dance scenes scattered around city settings, including a love scene in the sparklingly clean Seoul subway system. But now it has really arrived: a parody of the video, partially set in the New York City subway, is making the internet rounds.

But back to first impressions: what do you think? We haven't ridden the subway in Seoul -- although we watch with great interest its creative ad campaigns. In this comparison of New York's 1 train and a Seoul subway car, we don't think the #1 fares too badly.

Guess which subway car belongs to NYC.

Side note: we feel confident predicting that the original "Gangnam Style" video will spawn the hot Halloween costume this year. You heard it here first.

That, or the Danish "cool bus driver" from the most heroic public transit ad ever.

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