Andy Warhol once said, "In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." For some, even a mere 15 seconds on the World Wide Web is enough.
YouTube is the popular online video entertainment company that allows users to post and view original videos on the Internet. Since the official launch of the site in 2005, the small start-up has become a media empire in its own right - over 100 million videos are viewed daily and more than 65,000 videos are uploaded each day. Many students surf the site, browsing other users' uploads for particularly amusing clips. Some Blazers, however, post their own videos, whether as a creative outlet or just for laughs.
Numa Numa dance
When Gary Brolsma first filmed himself lip-syncing to the Moldovan pop song "Dragostea Din Tei" in 2004, the video quickly became the stuff of an Internet legend. The "Numa Numa video" was a huge underground hit. And so, in the spirit of silliness, senior Maura Druhan and her friends decided to record themselves doing their own interpretation of the Numa Numa dance. In her video, Druhan and two friends stand outside, humming "Dragostea Din Tei," mimicking the goofy expressions and spastic dance moves immortalized by Brolsma. It's just one of Druhan's many posts. "They're all quite embarrassing," she says.
The urge to Herbal
Herbal Essences might be better known for its commercials than for its hair products. The scandalous advertisements, featuring young women moaning in the shower while washing their hair with the product, are famous for being highly suggestive.
Now, Herbal Essences is back and just as outrageous as ever in senior Ele Rubenstein's YouTube video. Rubenstein and a friend decided to tape a commercial of their own, mocking the risqu" dialogue and suggestive noises of the original ads. In their video, Rubenstein stands in the shower wearing a pair of swim trunks, washing his hair and gyrating.
Sleazy '70s music plays in the background of the short film clip for comedic effect. Rubenstein says that he and his friend didn't intend to post the video on YouTube, but it was too easy to resist. "When we filmed it, it seemed like the obvious thing to do," he says. Rubenstein has since taken the video off YouTube because he did not want people watching it after reading this article.
An online r"sum"
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McClain finds the entire experience a little embarrassing. "Random kids came up to me in the hallways and said they saw my video," he says.
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