In two previous blog posts (Bailout and Popular Culture (1) and Bailout and Popular Culture (2)) I shared several Youtube examples of a populist outcry against (1) the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, (2) those shouldering the blame for causing the crisis, and (3) unpopular government responses. These Youtube videos featured songs or humorous skits that skewered culprits with biting satire. Many in the U.S. populace were unhappy, and their videos reflected it.
In this blog post I present the results of a Youtube search focused on identifying music or humor videos about social media. My goal is to use this evidence to form a conclusion about how our society feels about social media.
The first collection of videos shows affection and respect for social media in general, and Twitter and Facebook in particular. All three artists–Peter Codella, Justine Ezarik, and RhettandLink–featured make a living in social media.
Crazy Little Thing the Web, written and sung by Pete Codella and produced by MultiMediaWise is a slick piece of entertainment. It does not contain a message of anger or dissatisfaction with the new wave of social media. The fast pace of the upbeat melody leaves the listener with a feeling of happiness.
The Twitter Song, written and sung by iJustine (Justine Ezarik) is also a fun piece of entertainment. Ezarik is an Internet personality, with over one million followers on Twitter and whose videos have received over 100 million views. She likes Twitter, and the song was written to have fun with it. It fits in with her brand, she portrays herself as a cute girl having fun. This video was filmed in her kitchen!
Facebook Song, written and sung by Rhett & Link (Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal) takes an affectionate look at Facebook. Rhett and Link sing that they begin to live when they log in to Facebook.
The second collection of Youtube videos is characterized by satirical humor directed at something unliked. Satirical humor can be biting and stinging, or mild. I characterize all four of these videos as mild. They are poking fun, as opposed to completely trashing, social media.
Tweet This, is a stand-up comedy skit by Bob Hirschfeld presented at a 2010 conference in Seattle Washington. In this video, Hirschfeld lampoons social media including Facebook, Twitter and online “friends”.
The Facebook Song, provides invaluable marital advice: it’s OK to tease your wife by saying, “I have more Facebook friends than you.” Yeah, right. The Facebook Song is tangy satire about the many are fixated on having hundreds of Facebook friends, who aren’t really friends at all.
I really like Facebook Manners and You because it takes a facetious look at the practice Facebook dating.
Addicted to Facebook is a cute homemade song written by a college student who identifies himself as CarloT.
In conclusion, it seems to me that our culture is still fascinated and entertained by social media. I see no undercurrent of populist anger towards it.
I hope you enjoyed this little trip through Facebook files.