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Viral Video: “Gangnam Style” Goes “Call Me Maybe”

Will there ever be a viral music hit going forward that does not spur an endless series of online video copycats?

Nope. Thus, after Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song “Call Me Maybe” was redone over and over, it’s time for Psy’s “Gangnam Style” to get its moment in the digital sun.

That’s after the original video of the South Korean sensation whooping it up has garnered a record 2.2 million “Likes” on YouTube, and about 200 million views.

So it’s no surprise that others are ponying up — literally — and doing the catchy dance in their own special way, too.

Here are two examples at colleges: A University of Pennsylvania flash mob, and the Ohio University Marching 110 band.


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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