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The Story Behind The Greatest Halloween Video Ever In The History Of The Internet

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Matt Geiler didn't know what he was doing when he donned a pumpkin mask and a unitard on Halloween night 2006, but he created one of the internet's best viral videos. 
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On The Media

Their Eyes Were Watching Cats

Friday, September 13, 2013

If you’ve been on the internet lately then you already know this - the internet is not so much a series of tubes, but a series of cats.  Which begs the question: why? Reporter Sarah Lemanczyk investigates.

Stray Cats - Stray Cat Strut

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Soundcheck

The Sound Of Wall

Friday, March 22, 2013

Hear Lyla Foy, who records under the moniker Wall, perform songs from her upcoming EP Shoestring, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

The Story Of The Harlem Shake

Thursday, February 21, 2013

After slowing office productivity around the world, the song that inspired the Internet meme known as the Harlem Shake has hit No. 1 on this week's Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, thanks to a new tabulation formula that counts YouTube plays. Journalist Tamara Palmer charts the rise and fall of a viral video phenomenon.

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WQXR Blog

The Knights Orchestra Releases 'Harlem Shake' Video

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Harlem Shake, the latest Internet dance meme that has seemingly sprouted up overnight, has been given the chamber orchestra treatment by the Knights.

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On The Media

Viral Video's 'Patient Zero'

Friday, February 08, 2013

In 1995, roughly a decade before YouTube ushered in the age of the viral video, a couple of upstart young film-school grads created an underground, analog video sensation.  Producer JP Davidson brings us the story of that video and its unlikely role as viral video’s ‘patient zero’.  

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The Takeaway

A Conversation with Your 12-Year-Old Self

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Filmmaker Jeremiah McDonald of Portland, Maine, is the creator of the latest viral sensation where he sits down for a conversation with his 12-year-old self. What would you say to your 12-year-old self?

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The Takeaway

Mister Rogers Gets the Autotune Treatment

Friday, June 08, 2012

It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood: PBS Digital Studios has commissioned Symphony of Science's mashup artist John Boswell to remix our favorite neighbor from the 70s, 80s and 90s, and the video has gone viral. The video, which features the late Fred Rogers talking about the power of imagination in the song "Garden of Your Mind", has gotten over 650,000 views in less than 24 hours.

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The Takeaway

Is Slacktivism the New Activism?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Have you ever clicked like on a Facebook post of a video promoting some social cause? Ever signed an online petition calling for the end of some social injustice? How about those wristbands spreading a message like to LIVESTRONG? Ever wear one of those?

Odds are, if you’re a Facebooker, a tweeter, or simply an internet peruser, some might consider you a "slacktivist". A combination of slacker and activist, slacktivism commonly refers to passive, feel-good measures taken in support of an issue or social cause that, in reality, have little practical effect other than self-satisfaction. The term has been uttered over and over again in the wake of the mega-viral "Kony 2012" campaign.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Kony 2012's Ripple Effect

Monday, March 12, 2012

Milton Allimadi, publisher of Black Star News, and Rosebell Kagumire, Ugandan journalist and editor at Channel 16, which reports on humanitarian conflict, discuss the hyper-viral video and its complicated implications.

A Kony 2012 Reading List: The Atlantic: The Soft Bigotry of Kony2012 | Invisible Children: Response to Criticism | BoingBoing: African Voices Respond | Christian Science Monitor: It's Fine to Watch Kony 2012 but Learn to Respect Africans | ThinkProgress: A Partial Defense of Kony 2012 | Black Star News: 10 Questions for Invisible Children | Africa is a Country: The #Kony2012 Show | Foreign Policy: Joseph Kony is Not Uganda

 

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Studio 360

Cuteness gets remixed

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Don't be fooled by the first 20 seconds of this video-- it's is not just another cute toddler Youtube sensation. Prepare to be impressed and a little freaked out by some very slick video editing. The toddler noises and mugging for the camera get transformed into what could quite possibly be the next dance hall hit. If Kidz Bop were to cover Crystal Castles' "Vanished", it would sound something like this.

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Studio 360

Fwd This: Dance, Monkeys, Dance

Friday, April 14, 2006

In our new regular segment, Kurt Andersen actually looks at some of the weird little videos that people forward to their friends. And he's surprised at what he finds: a foul-mouthed riff and bad Flash animation that together approach greatness.

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