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February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

A few years ago, I started to really get into live music. By live music, I don’t necessarily mean concerts (although I do love concerts), but even televised live music, because bands prove their true talent through live performances. When DVRing various concerts on TV didn’t quite cut it for me, I turned to Youtube. Youtube works wonders. At the time, I had just learned how to play “Drops of Jupiter” by Train on the piano, so I looked up a few of their live performances. I viewed a couple videos, but then accidentally clicked on this cover band at the bottom of that tab on the right side. Best mistake I’ve ever made. Two years ago, I was one of the first youtube viewers for a cover band called Boyce Avenue–a band composed of three brothers who put their music on youtube with the hope of getting famous. Before I could go back to the previous page, the music started playing, and it was amazing. To me, Boyce Avenue’s rendition of the song is even better than Train’s. And that goes for almost all of their covers.

Now, the Boyce Avenue “Drops of Jupiter” cover has over 2.5 million hits, and the band is performing concerts all around the world, and have become quite well known (at least compared to a few years ago). I know it seems like this blog is an advertisement for Boyce Avenue, and so far it is. But the main idea here is that, through the internet, I have discovered someone’s hidden talent, a talent I most likely would not have found otherwise. At the same time, Boyce Avenue has found another fan (probably their number one fan), and that is one step closer to them becoming famous. Boyce Avenue has come a long way since I started listening to them, and that just proves how the internet has become this extremely useful medium for discovering talent.

A more famous example of this success is Justin Bieber. Even though I am not particularly a fan of his music, he started his career on youtube, and now he’s making movies.

WHADDUP!!!!!

Maybe Boyce Avenue will one day make their own movie too. You never know. Even my 12 year old sister has put up a few youtube videos of her singing. I think she is amazing, but my opinion is probably a little biased. I’m posting her video anyways.

Whether she becomes famous of not, that fact that she believes in the internet’s ability to grant her fame is enough in itself to prove my point:  Without technology like Youtube, so many of the people we hear about today would still be undiscovered. Youtube works wonders.

Oh and I have to post the newest Boyce Avenue video too because it is absolutely amazing.

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Why so crazy?

February 15, 2011 1 comment

YouTube home

                              

In 2005, the Website known as YouTube went public.  This launch spawned the sharing of millions of videos ranging from song remixes to skateboard wipeouts. But as many people discover after watching several of these popular videos, the newer ones now that get popular seem to be slightly . . . off.  Several of the videos that get featured on shows such as Tosh.0 and Websoup , both TV shows which feature popular internet videos of the week, seem to be bordering on the insane.

These borderline insane videos such as Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time: Side Pork (for those with delicate ears this video does have language so here is a plot summary [Guy goes shopping for dinner, goes home and cooks dinner in an extreme way,]) seem to become popular rather quickly; this video has almost a million views with it releasing at the end of January.  Another video that attracted several million views was the guy, yes I know it is hard to believe that the person is actually a dude, who did the “leave Britney alone” rant (again official warning on the language.) 

This video has acquired over 35 million views as well as the star of the video, Chris Crocker, being interviewed on Tosh.0.  But why do these videos seem to get all the attention that they do?  Is it because people these days just don’t get the same kick out of “regular” comedy anymore?  I personally think that it is because this is where the normal comedy of America has shifted in the recent years. Several examples of this “normal” comedy seem to be present in movies such as Get Him to the Greek and Anchorman, instead of the older comedic styles of George Carlin.                   

            I’m Dustin and this is my view

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