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Response to Why is Gangnam Style so popular? 2012-12-08 20:46:49 Reply

At 12/8/12 07:48 PM, Ryanson wrote:
At 12/8/12 03:56 PM, 4761 wrote: We should have a viral Japanese music video not Gangnam Style or whatever it is.
It's called "PONPONPON."

Well...I would like to retract my statement please.


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Response to Why is Gangnam Style so popular? 2012-12-08 20:52:31 Reply

Because people like shitty music they can dance even if it's ridiculous and don't understand a word of the lyrics. It was the same thing as La Macarena in the mid 90's.


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Response to Why is Gangnam Style so popular? 2012-12-08 20:57:14 Reply

Something funny and related - also true

North Korea are testing a new bomb soon, and in response, the Sun newspaper had the headling:

'WILL THE WORLD END, BANGNAM STYLE?'

Anyway yeah


This is a song about cum on hotel walls.

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Response to Why is Gangnam Style so popular? 2012-12-08 21:25:03 Reply

Honestly the shit that gets popular these days is so confusingly stupid that I don't even question it anymore. There aren't any good answers to questions like that, so there's really no point asking.

How stuff gets popular is beyond me. How it stays popular, I can offer my personal theory. It seems like people who spout memes nonstop just love to hear anything they're familiar with. Almost like that familiarity is some kind of mental masturbation for them.

Then, people who either choose to think with the minority or end up being singled out of the first category hear a meme a bunch of times, get annoyed by it, and begin to hate the meme not because of its contents, but simply because of the frequency at which it's brought up. That forms a counter-culture or a collective attitude against a meme.

Anyone who doesn't fit into either category is typically indifferent to the latest meme, and so they don't bring it up at all, or even respond to it. Thus, you won't hear them talking about how they don't care (because they don't care).

I personally am in the third category, although I do find most memes to be annoying (not enough for me to talk about it, though). Honestly, what's next? A Slender pony dancing to a dubstep remix of Gangnam Style?


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Response to Why is Gangnam Style so popular? 2012-12-08 22:02:52 Reply

A Slender pony dancing to a dubstep remix of Gangnam Style?

Be careful what you wish for.

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Response to Why is Gangnam Style so popular? 2012-12-08 23:14:32 Reply

The video is fun and clever, the song is catchy regardless of whether or not you can understand the words and has several hooks to latch onto, and it has a dance to go along with it. Its popularity makes perfect sense.

It's been overexposed lately, but as far as Top 40 pop music goes I think it's pretty unique and accomplished, especially after learning that the song is actually a class-conscious satire.


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Response to Why is Gangnam Style so popular? 2012-12-09 00:54:56 Reply

I never really grasped the concept of why it's popular either.


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Response to Why is Gangnam Style so popular? 2012-12-09 10:45:19 Reply

If you listen to the song, you'll find that the lyrics are actually quite catchy. You know a song is good when the lyrics are so popular they don't care what the words even mean. I heard about this one German song where the only word of English was "balloons" and that was actually a song about war or something. Don't worry, I've done my research and this song is literally about love and figuratively about satire on wealth.


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Response to Why is Gangnam Style so popular? 2012-12-09 12:49:33 Reply

At 12/8/12 12:58 AM, Fullmetalnoob wrote: 1 - 90% of the "fans" dont even understand what Psy is saying.
2 - Nobody knows what he's saying
3 - Only Korean fans know what the fuck he's saying.

Seriously, what the fuck. I used to like this song until it got so fucking mainstream and shit. Whats even more embarrassing is that my school played the song at a Pep Rally one time. Plus one of the annoying kids in my class talk about that song all the god damn time.

Wait a sec.. you liked it, until it got "mainstream" and as well as "popular"? Veeerry interesting. Y'Know, There's a starbucks around the corner for you, filled with people with their laptop computers writing about their slipstream crap :p

Here's the deal:
Ask yourself why you liked it in the first place, and you got your answer. It might not be everyone's answer, but that's the thing that makes music subjective.

To me, I liked Gangnam style because it's catchy as hell, it's still kind of funny no matter how many times I watch or hear it, it's very mashable, etc. When I learned about the real lyrics and what they mean, it didn't stop me from liking it at all. When it hit the mainstream and gets played all over the place even in the unlikliest of places, that still didn't make me hate it one iota. I think its hilariously fun to see people get into it. Ever watched an entire bowling alley break out in the horse gallop dance? Crazy stuff and hilarity ensues!

Personally, I think Psy is awesome (if you've listened to his other tracks), and I like the fact that he's found that global hit now that will set him for life. But you check out interviews, he himself has no real idea why it's so goddamn popular lol

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Response to Why is Gangnam Style so popular? 2012-12-09 12:58:51 Reply

I think weirdly that the fact that it's got so popular is the main reason that it keeps getting increasingly more attention? So people hear on the news that this korean song gets more views than any video ever put on the web, ever, and they think cool I'll check it out, which keeps the views sky rocketing, which keeps the media hype going, which in turn gets the video more views, its a cycle like that.

As for the song, I don't think you need to necessarily understand the lyrics, its more to do with the vibe of silliness and the fact that its catchy, OP is sounding like Bill O'reilly with his enlightened analysis.


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Response to Why is Gangnam Style so popular? 2012-12-09 20:40:23 Reply

I found out the english lyrics to gangnam style:

Why is Gangnam Style so popular?


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Response to Why is Gangnam Style so popular? 2012-12-10 01:50:28 Reply

Pretty sure that It's popular because of the dance.

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Response to Why is Gangnam Style so popular? 2012-12-10 02:08:47 Reply

At 12/8/12 12:58 AM, Fullmetalnoob wrote: Seriously, what the fuck. I used to like this song until it got so fucking mainstream and shit.

Your opinion immediately becomes invalid, I don't like the song either but the only reason you don't like it is because other people like it.


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Response to Why is Gangnam Style so popular? 2012-12-15 10:24:46 Reply

Before Gangnam Style, the most viewed video on YouTube was Justin Bieber's "Baby". It actually has more dislikes than likes, yet was for awhile the most popular thing on the entire Internet. Look, if JUSTIN BIEBER can become extremely popular when so many people don't like him, no one should be asking questions about GS.


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Response to Why is Gangnam Style so popular? 2012-12-15 10:30:55 Reply

At 12/15/12 10:24 AM, Ericho wrote: Before Gangnam Style, the most viewed video on YouTube was Justin Bieber's "Baby". It actually has more dislikes than likes, yet was for awhile the most popular thing on the entire Internet. Look, if JUSTIN BIEBER can become extremely popular when so many people don't like him, no one should be asking questions about GS.

Thank god Gangnam Style took over for having the most views on a video. Almost 1 billion view is insane!


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Response to Why is Gangnam Style so popular? 2012-12-15 10:50:01 Reply

Something tells me I should feel lucky not being exposed to this.


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