Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Gangnam Style Mania

I'm sure you all have heard of Psy and "Gangnam Style" by now... here he is on the Today Show in New York:

The song is number 1 on the i-tunes charts...you see it all over Facebook and Twitter...

It's amazing how this entertainer is making a huge name for himself all over the world. Even if his fans don't know what he's singing about or even where Gangnam is! (To those who don't know, it is one of the most busiest, lively areas in Seoul. It's full of office buildings, shops, clubs, restaurants and everything you may be looking for.)

What is exactly causing this world-wide mania? The song? The funny dance? The video? Or Psy's funny character?

I guess it could be everything put together... He already enjoys a renown career as an enterainer in Korea and participates as a judge on "Super Star K 4" (it's like a Korean version of American Idol).

But I find it amazing how YouTube is shaping the world's trends today. 10 years ago, this mania would've never happened. It just wasn't possible. Sure, YouTube existed, but people were no where near as dependent on it or frequently watched it as they do today. I supposed it is inter-dependent with Facebook and Twitter, which all drive the sharing power of internet media.

10 years ago, I wasn't able to keep up with Western music, because there just were enough resources. Information wouldn't get to me realtime as it does now. However, with the help of YouTube and internet radio, I can listen to what's hot right now from anywhere in the world.

I can keep up with today's music and the whole world is now influenced by a wider range of media.

Kind of awesome, but kind of scary at the same time! Now fads can take over the entire world.
What do you think of Psy? One hit wonder? Or world-wide star?

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