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Viral Video: We Didn't Start the (Google Instant) Fire!

The new Google Instant search feature is irksome to an oldster like BoomTown, but I can certainly see why the ADHD kids would love it.

And, apparently, so do makers of viral videos, with regard to the Silicon Valley search giant’s innovation.

Here are two out there, using the just-launched service in conjunction with music, much as Google (GOOG) did in its own version using Bob Dylan, also below.

The first uses the go-to Internet spoof song–Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”

Enjoy:

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work