Watch: Phoenix — Lisztomania (Unofficial Video)


Lisztomania *brooklyn brat pack mashup*
Phoenix Lisztomania (SF Brat Pack Mashup)
Phoenix Lisztomania Long Beach/Bolsa Chica, CA Brat Pack Mashup
Phoenix — Lisztomania (Manila, Philippines Brat Pack Mashup)
Phoenix — Lisztomania (Sao Paulo Brat Pack Mashup)
Phoenix — Lisztomania (Lecce_Italy brat pack mashup)
Phoenix — Lisztomania (Israel Brat Pack Mashup)
Phoenix — Lisztomania (Moscow Brat Pack Mashup)
Phoenix Lisztomania Brat Pack Mashup Belo Horizonte
Phoenix — Lisztomania Brat Pack Mashup Versailles
Nairobi Brat Pack Mashup
CSULB Brat Pack Mashup
Phoenix — Lisztomania (Rimini)
Long Beach (Vimeo)
Phoenix Lisztomania Brat Pack Mashup Belo Horizonte
Phoenix — Lisztomania (Israel Brat Pack Mashup)
Phoenix Lisztomania Austin Brat Pack Mashup
Phoenix Lisztomania Campinas Brat Pack Mashup
Phoenix Lisztomania Montreal Brat Pack Mashup
Phoenix Lisztomania Rimini Brat Pack Mashup
Phoenix Lisztomania Riga Brat Pack Mashup

Part of the aesthetic appeal in watching the Lisztomania videos is related to the locations that each remix features. Evidently, many of the “Brat Packs” scout locations that highlight specific aspects of their cities to serve as the backdrop to the dance. If you were to contribute to this meme, which aspects of your city would you highlight? Why?

In October of 2012, YouTube blocked access to nearly all of the Lisztomania Brat Pack Mashup video memes for copyright violation. According to several tubers, YouTube did not notify them prior to removing their videos from public view as had previously been their policy. Though the music serving as the soundtrack does not belong to the creators of the video and was in violation of existing copyright laws, what about the content of the videos? Why did the copyright holders and YouTube allow the videos to exists and proliferate for nearly three years prior to pulling them? Who owns the comments the videos inspired?  Do tubers have the same rights as the copyright holders? Using either the Lisztomania or Hitler’s Rant phenomenon, explore the origins of the video meme, the copyright violations, and both the artists’ responses as well as tubers responses. Videos reinstated.

The Lisztomania meme has been produced by participants from numerous locations across the world. From national productions in Brooklyn to San Francisco to those that span the expanse of the globe such as Nairobi and Moscow, each video follows the same basic format: Phoenix’s “Lisztomania” song provides the audio and the choreography stems from The Breakfast Club remix. Yet many of the videos also appropriate aspects of other Brat Pack videos thereby “speaking” to these other productions in some way. Additionally, some of the videos add culturally related content, such as regional specific dance moves or introductory music. Select three of the remaining videos and analyze how they relate to, differ from, or expand on one another. Why do you think the participants and producers made these decisions?

Imagine that your group is going to produce a “Lisztomania Brat Pack” video. Rather than choosing the most aesthetically pleasing filming locales, you have decided to treat this as an opportunity to draw attention to aspects of your city, university, etc. that you feel would benefit from exposure to public scrutiny. As a group, draft a list of locations along with supporting reasons why these places should be featured in your video as well as what you hope to accomplish by drawing attention to these spaces. You may even decide to produce and upload the video in response to those listed on Vimeo!

All the Lisztomania Brat Packs share a common element: they speak to each other with dance in beautiful places. To date, there is no video of a group with disabilities or otherwise “ugly” features participating in this meme. There is also no video featuring the “ugly” parts of the cities. Why do these videos have to be so “pretty?” If a group chose a seedy part of town to film, would that video subvert the others?

Watch: Shit Girls Say – Episode One


Know Your Meme: Shit People Say
Shit Guys Don’t Say Out Loud
Sh*t trans* guys say
Shit People Say in LA
Shit New Yorkers Say
Shit People Say on Facebook
Shit People Say About Shit People Say Videos
Shit Rich People Say
Shit Black Girls Say
Shit White People Say to Black People
Shit White Girls Say to Latinas
Shit White People Say to Asians
Shit Nobody Black Says
Sh*t They Say to Sexworkers
Shit People Say to People With Disabilities
Shit Democrats Say
Shit Republicans Say
Shit Politicians Say

Exploring the Problematic and Subversive Shit People Say [Meme-o-logy]

This meme has morphed from a single subgroup (“girls”) to multiple layers of “shit” people say, as we see in the “Shit White Girls say to Latina Girls” example. If you had to explain both the purpose an and appeal of these videos to someone who has never seen them, how would you do so?

All of the “Shit People Say” videos represent a particular perspective about stereotypes or generalizations about a specific group. “Shit Girls Say,” the video that spawned the meme, for example, elicited hundreds of responses, each of which presents an interpretation of stereotypical language and behavior of “girls.” Find at least three videos that present various interpretations of a generalization or stereotype and examine their similarities and differences. How do the producers of each video approach the issue? Do their representations subvert the stereotypes? Promote them? How so?

In “Please…No More ‘Sh_t People Say’ Videos!” Thembi Ford criticizes the “rip-offs” of the original “Shit Girls Say” video for their lack of originality and calls for producers to stop making these videos. Latoya Peterson writes in Exploring the Problematic and Subversive Shit People Say [Meme-o-logy], however, that the videos are a cultural conversation that promote and subvert stereotypes and ask us to reconsider our behavior toward others. Are such remixes complex social commentaries or simply self-serving, unoriginal “rip-offs?” Using at least six of these video memes as support, write your own commentary exploring the producers’ motivations in perpetuating this meme.

The “Shit People Say” video memes address a multitude of themes ranging from ethnicity and gender, to geography and politics. As a group, select a topic (such as Los Angeles) and examine the videos that address this topic. Then, using both existing videos as well as your own contributions, create a remix that puts forth a thesis about the topic under examination.

Remix one of the videos so that it “says” something different. What is the new purpose of your video?

Watch: Hitler’s Rant — Original Video

Know Your Meme: Downfall/ Hitler Reacts
The Culture of the Hitler Meme (student video)
Hitler Gets Banned From Xbox Live
Real Estate Downfall
Hilter’s Reaction After Hearing Rebecca Black’s Friday
Hitler Finds Out Americans Are Calling Each Other Nazis
Downfall of Grammar
Hitler Reacts to Penn State Scandal
Hitler Finds Out He’s Been Killing The Jews
Hitler Finds Out Pokemon Aren’t Real
Hitler Actor Bruno Ganz Interview About YouTube Downfall Parodies
Hitler Reacts to the Hitler Parodies Being Removed From YouTube
Hitler Rants About the Hitler Parodies
Hitler and Friends Explain How to Make a Hitler Parody

Show some of these videos to someone who is not “in” on the meme. What is his or her reaction? How important is it to be aware of the meme itself and all of its iterations to find it funny?

Choose three versions of this meme that make political commentary. Then find three articles online that take on the same issue and put forth the same arguments. How are the video versions more or less effective? How do these videos “argue” without using classical elements of argumentation?

In “The Hitler Meme” Virginia Heffernan writes “For those of us who grew up in America with the word ‘Hitler’ having a meaning as fixed as that of a black hole and the epithet ‘Hitler’ being used only by sloppy teenagers and overheated ideologues, this slippery appropriation of Hitler’s image for satirical purposes can be hard to take.” Do you agree that this meme down plays the reverence or cultural significance of Adolf Hitler? How does placing him in all of these mundane and banal situations change people’s perceptions of him?

The meme has been used to represent both mass and niche subjects ranging from Rebecca Black’s Friday to the scientific peer review process. Why is this particular meme so adaptable to nearly any subject matter in American culture? In a group, create a visual of the various subjects the meme represents then look for patterns or trends that can provide insight into this question.

Watch: Psy — Gangnam Style 

Know Your Meme: Gangnam Style
Gangnam Style Thailand
Gangnam Style med Nord pa pride
Gangnam Style Parody (Oppa Chicago Style)
Singaporean Style (Gangnam Style Parody)
Nelly Furtado Gangnam Style!!
Lifeguard Style (Gangnam Style Remake)
‘Gangnam Style’ Video Spoof Gets California Lifeguards Fired (ABC News)
Petra Gangnam Style (Parody)
Deadpool vs Gangnam Style
Gangnam Style — USNA Spirit Spot
PSY and Gangnam Style Take Over New York City
Gangnam Style Mom and Son
Jewish Style
Baby Gangnam Style Parody
Gangnam Style Parody — The Oregon Duck
“Hongdae Style” (Gangnam Style) MV Parody by Trend Factory
Pinoy Gangnam Style
PSY — London Style
PSY — Gangnam Style Pyongyand Style — Remix and parody (North Korea)
Hitler — Gangnam Style
PSY — K-Town Style
Gangnam — Melbourne Style!
Psy — Gangnam: Vote Obama Style
Mitt Romney Style
(Coppercab on Gangnam Style)
Gangnam Style for Math Nerds
Rainbow Pony Gangnam Style
Gangnam Style Decoded
Ai Wei Wei Gangnam Style
GANGNAM STYLE flashmob in Paris, France
NASA Johnson Style

Gangnam Style Dissected; The Subversive Message Within South Korea’s Music Video Sensation
Ai Weiwei Covers Gangnam Style

Gangnam Style is the most watched video on YouTube, recently having surpassed a billion views and has generated over eight million dollars for YouTube and Psy, the artist behind the sensation. What impact, if any, has the meme had outside of YouTube? NBC news, for example, reports that “Korean tourism officials…are suddenly facing massive interest in Gangnam — a wealthy district of Seoul.” In what ways has this video left an imprint in various communities such as tourism, fashion, academia etc.?

The Gangnam District in South Korea is an area in which there is a concentration of wealth and affluence. According to numerous vloggers and commentators, Psy’s viral video parodies the materialistic culture that has arisen in the region. Investigate both the lyrics and the video to determine how the artist, Psy, does so.

According to numerous vloggers and commentators, Psy’s viral video parodies the materialistic culture of the Gangnam District, which partly contributes to the wildly successful spread and remixes of the video meme.  While parodies concerning cultural critiques account for some of the most influential and thriving video memes today, they have been used for centuries in Western culture as a method of social commentary. Select a parody from a previous period and write a comparative analysis exploring the similarities and differences between your chosen parody and Gangnam Style.

The Gangnam Style video rapidly spread across the globe and soon found its way into mainstream media outlets in countries where Korean is not the primary language. Though the song and video were exceptionally popular, only those who were familiar with the Korean language or the Gangnam District in South Korea were aware that Psy, the artist who created the song, was launching a cultural critique against the vapid materialism of the district. It wasn’t until mainstream media outlets such as Mashable and individuals on sites like YouTube began translating the song and explaining the cultural significance of the district that the global community had access to the contextual significance of the video. There are now numerous remixes that explore a variety of social issues. Select one such video, assign members of your group different categories to research (such as region, artists, viral scope, etc.) and create an infographic such Mashable’s “Gangnam Style! The Anatomy of a Viral Sensation.”

Many critics have note that Gangnam Style mimics the visual feast that is a central component of K-Pop style music. Select some K-Pop videos to compare with Gangnam Style and watch them without sound. What are the main elements that make up these videos? How does Gangnam style adhere to, or diverge from, this genre of music video?