What does it take for a video to go viral? In my opinion I think the video has to be humorous in order for people to keep telling others to watch it. The video also need to be unique, meaning no one else has created a video like this. Some videos that go viral are not always planned. For example, “David After Dentist” was a father filming his son after his son got a tooth pulled and then child was still on medication in the car ride home and the child didn’t realize what was going on in his body…just that he “felt funny.” I’m sure the father was not thinking that this video was going to go viral all over YouTube, because he probably did not think that people, who did not know his son, would find it nearly as funny. But that is the best part about viral videos; you never know how many people really are going to end up watching them and referring them to other videos to watch and download. Another factor that I believe makes a video go viral is when the footage is so unexpected. For example one of my favorite viral videos is one originally shot by a news camera crew in Mobile, Alabama. The video talks about how the people living in Mobile have been seeing a leprechaun but no one can seem to catch it. The best part is someone drew an amateur sketch of what they saw when they had their encounter with the leprechaun, and the sketch was used in the news story. Also the whole idea was just hysterical, the fact that these people thought there was a gold somewhere nearby because the leprechaun had brought it. In addition, one man said he had inherited a special leprechaun flute from his ancestors and this is what he was trying to use to attract the leprechaun to him. Other examples of popular viral videos are the ones made and uploaded by Chris Crocker. One of my favorites is one called “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE.” Crocker is obsessed with Britney Spears and considers himself her biggest fan. He made a video of himself lying on a bed talking about how the paparazzi and everyone else out there needs to leave Britney alone and why she needs to be left alone. The funny part of the video is how intense Crocker gets, he begins to cry and scream at the camera and try and really show off his love and obsession for Britney by defending her. Crocker has made plenty of videos and all of his seem to go viral, and I think it is due to how extreme he is and how he always pushes the limits too far in every video.
“LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE”
Leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama