With the year coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on hopes, dreams, kittens and all you’ve accomplished during the past 12 months. Put down your work, close Facebook, turn off your iPhone and take a moment to truly appreciate the awesomeness that was 2011.
But leave your computer on, because that’s where the awesomeness is.
Viral videos aren’t thought-provoking works of art. You play them, you chuckle, you pass them on. You also immediately forget about them, until someone forces you to watch 47 seconds of laughing babies and you suddenly remember a video that’s so much better.
But sometimes, you stumble upon something that makes you think, play it again and think some more. Case in point: Sneezing Baby Panda. This little gem recently surpassed 100 million hits on the internet, which is more than Rebecca Black. Nyah, nyah.
Tons of people say they have the recipe for viral video success. All you have to do is go about your business, and when something surprisingly contrasting happens, videotape it.
If only viewers were that simple. The truth is, people are unpredictable weirdos who are difficult to please. Some people stockpile videos of laughing babies, while others prefer to watch wiener dogs running on treadmills (sorry Britt). What I find funny, you might not.