Five things that mattered this year in viral media | Arts Feature | Indy Week
Pin It

Five things that mattered this year in viral media 

12.23-digital_holderness1-copy.jpg

Believe it or not, the Holderness family's wacky-ass holiday videos aren't the only trending topic going viral from around here. There were many times this year, ranging from very silly to very serious, when people from the Triangle got their 15 seconds of social-media fame.

#R-E-S-P-E-C-T

One of the most delightful viral videos of the year is a clip of 6-year-old Raleigh native Johanna Colon upstaging two other girls in a dance recital by shaking, shimmying and sassing it up to Aretha Franklin's "Respect." Viewed 22 million times since it hit YouTube, the video earned Colon a ticket to the daytime-TV circuit, where she showed off her moves on Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

#PlaneBreakup

In August, New York's Kelly Keegan took to Twitter to provide blow-by-blow commentary of a man breaking up with his girlfriend on a delayed flight from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. According to Keegan's tweets, the couple went from arguing to hurling accusations ("Is that what you're starting to do with me? Just slow fade me OUT? Just like the others?") to apparently reconciling and making out while chugging copious Bloody Marys.

#SwimTeamSpirit

Another instance of people using the Internet creatively while waiting for a flight: The University of Louisville swim team made a video of themselves goofing off on the people-movers (pretending to row a boat, showing off their swimming skills and so on) while stuck at RDU. The video was viewed almost 2 million times after they posted it on Facebook last month, and it certainly provides inspiration for keeping busy the next time you're in a terminal.

#LostInTheGame

Durham Academy a cappella group XIV Hours composed a three-act performance that mashed up 18 songs for a national competition in Tampa—and they lost. But they didn't get down for long. They decided to make a music video of their performance, titled "Lost in the Game: A Musical Story of Relationships, Sex and Gender Politics." It became an oft-shared favorite since debuting in September, with 38,000 views on Vimeo and features or promotion from MTV, The Huffington Post, Seventeen and various rape-crisis and domestic-abuse centers.

#MuslimLivesMatter

The murder of three Muslim students at an apartment complex near UNC-Chapel Hill last February was one of many senseless shootings that took place this year. One of the victims, dentistry student Deah Shaddy Barakat, had a charity crowdfunding site set up to provide dental care for Syrian refugees. After Barakat was murdered by Craig Stephen Hicks, whether over a parking spot or religious prejudice, the campaign exceeded its $20,000 goal the next day. It ultimately went on to raise $533,144, and the #MuslimLivesMatter hashtag was born on social media.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Arts Feature



Twitter Activity

Comments

Gone Girl is a thriller novel by the writer Gillian Flynn. It was published by Crown Publishing Group in June …

by Maria Switzer on Instant Best-Seller The Woman in the Window Is Much More Than Gone Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on the Train (Arts Feature)

For five years in the mid 70s my family lived in an area about 1/3 mile from where the couple …

by Homeward on In The Long Dance, Two Journalists Reporting on a Cold Murder Case in Durham Become Podcasters Participating in an Investigation (Arts Feature)

Most Recent Comments

Gone Girl is a thriller novel by the writer Gillian Flynn. It was published by Crown Publishing Group in June …

by Maria Switzer on Instant Best-Seller The Woman in the Window Is Much More Than Gone Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on the Train (Arts Feature)

For five years in the mid 70s my family lived in an area about 1/3 mile from where the couple …

by Homeward on In The Long Dance, Two Journalists Reporting on a Cold Murder Case in Durham Become Podcasters Participating in an Investigation (Arts Feature)

I was only there from the very beginning through the first couple of years I guess, but watching the Carrack …

by $#jw on An Old Tobacco Complex Turned Arts Hub Evolves as the Carrack Appoints a New Leader and SPECTRE Arts Closes (Arts Feature)

Celeste ISD in Celeste, Tx. We are Blue Devils for life in this small Texas town. I was the high …

by Brandon Lamm on How a Blue Devil Statue that Was Raising Hell in Small-Town Mississippi Escaped, After a Brief Abduction, to Durham (Arts Feature)

Poultney High School in Poultney VT also has the Blue Devils as their mascot.

by jcevarts on How a Blue Devil Statue that Was Raising Hell in Small-Town Mississippi Escaped, After a Brief Abduction, to Durham (Arts Feature)

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation