Thursday, May 27, 2010
Viral Videos: The World Delivered to You
According to the U.S. and World Population Clock, as of May 27, 2010, at 20 hours and 15 minutes UTC, also known as Universal Time Coordinated - formerly known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Zulu Time (Z), the estimated world population figures reached well over 6 billion human inhabitants (6,823,606,120).
On December 31, 2009, Internet World Stats reported “Internet Users Data” to be 1,802,330,457, which upon their reflection is about 26.6 percent of the world population hooked up to and using computers.
Where are all these statistics headed? Read on.
On January 4, 2010, a young fellow, Jamie Bell (aka DispleasedEskimo - that’s his YouTube moniker) posted a video, which was actually a final piece he had created for an Advanced Subsidiary art class in the United Kingdom. (The grade level would be equivalent to 12 here in the United States.)
I consider myself to be a fairly average individual with very mainstream tastes, and over the years, I have had an uncanny ability to pick hits in music and the arts, always using my middle-of-the-road instincts. Well, when I ran across Bell’s video several months ago I was absolutely tickled by what he had created and thought to myself – this is going to go viral – and it did!
As of today, he’s had 2,431,978 hits, which tallies up to 17,006 online visitors per day.
Statistically speaking, if I were an advertiser, I would want to be buying space on his page.
In creating his video Bell used “flipbook” style drawings and gobbled up "50 jotter books in the process, illustrating them by utilizing only “biro pens” (ballpoints) - the entire animation was approximately “something like 2100 pages long,” he says.
According to Bell, the entire video with drawings represented roughly three weeks of “on and off” work.
His video incorporates the music of Jacques Offenbach, sound effects from Team Fortress 2, and a Christmas carol. It is a clever portrayal of “A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything” in three minutes and 12 seconds.
The video has become so popular it spawned an enterprising t-shirt site that will help keep young Bell in Ramen noodles during the new school term.
Bell’s teacher thought his work was pretty nifty too – he received “full marks” (equivalent to 4.0) – Enjoy!