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Trial and Error

The Year in Viral Video

December 26, 2007 10:36 AM

I love top 10 lists. I love quantifying and understanding the year that’s almost gone by.

Since most of you folks reading this today probably don’t feel like working either, I’ll make it easy for both of us and just sample Time magazine’s list of top viral videos.

Here’s the list:

1. Leave Britney Alone!
2. The Landlord
3. Miss South Carolina Teen USA
4. Hillary 1984
5. Prison Inmates’ “Thriller” Video
6. I Ran So Far
7. Can’t Tase This
8. Dan Rather Collar Up
9. Clark and Michael
10. Daft Hands

And here’s the magazine’s explanation of why each one ranked where it did.

I still don’t think anything can touch my favorite viral video ever: “Saturday Night Live’s” “Dick in a Box,” from 2006. But if you’re not one of the 9 million-plus YouTubers who have watched the “Thriller” takeoff, starring prison inmates in orange jumpsuits as the zombies, here’s your video for the day:



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jim obrien:

The frequency of flagrant copyright violations for years still astounds me... On the list above #4 steals Apple's copyright on a great commercial, #5 uses Michael Jackson music... #7 uses mc hammer's video... Sometimes there are creative gems like #10 Daft Hands (11.5m views.) YouTube reveals a staggering level of boredom, and a true subculture of gross disregard for copyrights - tens of millions of times now. Reminds me that China mainly focused on first prosecuting Yahoo China for online copyright violations... Cynical bureaucrats (when even Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon famously never made Sony-Columbia a dime in China due to all the thieves.) It's like the cynical lawyers that only on YouTube permit flagging a copyright violation if a piece has "Violated My Copyright." How would the US trade deficit improve if we got paid for our movies, music and software? Yet even here, everyone accepts routine theft, by one of our biggest companies. Its still shocking, tho' commonplace, like the movie, music and software thieves on every street corner across most all the world.

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