Crazes of the Interwebs: Sloths, Cats and Singing Goats
by Noor Alnaqeeb (@nooralnaqeeb)
The Internet is a beautiful thing, ladies and gentlemen. YouTube launches careers of comedians and singers. Google helps you with your homework. Facebook connects you with people who you may have lost touch with. But there are two sides to each social networking site. And right now it’s the side of sloths, The Harlem Shake, the grumpy cat and of course singing goats.
Imgur, 9gag and Reddit are the Internet’s main source of memes as of late. Using the word “craze” to highlight the trends that pass through our lives on a daily basis is a colossal understatement. You have all seen the massive mounds of sloth pictures featuring on every website you turn to. If you haven’t here’s a little taster:
Sloths are by traditional definition a slow-moving tropical American mammal. But by the Internet’s definition they are cute, slow, heroic, fluffy bundles of adorable that can be photoshopped into any image to make it that much more special. Especially when they’re photoshopped into an image of the galaxy. Yes, someone did take the time to make this:
If you haven’t heard of The Harlem Shake (named so for the song and not so much the dance), you’ve either been living under a rock or its skyrocketing popularity has knocked you sideways and given you amnesia. The Harlem Shake has become a global fad. There are underwater versions; students shook what their momma gave them on a plane meanwhile a handful of skydivers decided to jump out of a plane to make their mark on the shaking landscape. Universities all around the world have gathered their students to make their own versions asking professors, mascots, and even higher management to get involved. Another craze that took off around the same time was the grumpy cat:
Let’s take a second to think about the misrepresentation of people on the Internet and the effect it might have on their lives. Now let’s apply the same logic to grumpy cat. It’s a common misconception, simple as it might be, that grumpy cat is male. Wrong. Grumpy cat, whose real name (in all honesty) is Tard, is in fact a female. Tard, short for Tardar, might be the happiest cat in the world; but with memes like the one above going around, the grumpy cat has been attached to the reputation of … well, a grumpy cat. Both crazes have died down lately as the world has moved onto the world’s newest viral video craze. Which is?
GOATS. Yes, singing goats. They have had the privilege of featuring on tracks such as Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Goat On.” Don’t believe me? Here, take a look:
The best possible thing the collective imagination of the Internet could envision would be a sloth, a singing goat and the grumpy cat dancing to The Harlem Shake with a goat-singing interlude. Give it a couple of days; I’m sure someone out there is working on it. And on that bombshell and before your imagination shuts down with awesomeness, I bid you adieu and leave you with one final video.
Until next time, Interwebers.