Who needs American Idle when you’ve got the viral power of the Internet. Those of you reading this post who have not yet seen the Chinese Backstreet Boys, as they have come to be known, may well be in minority at this point. This lip syncing video has struck a chord with millions of viewers. And as we’ve seen with things like JibJab’s This Land or The Star Wars Kid, cultural phenomenon spread with lightening speed on the Internet. I am sure these two Chinese teenagers had no idea how popular their lip syncing video would become. Yet, like the winners of American Idol, fame has turned into money for these instant celebrities. Check out this Motorola commercial they have recently recorded and is now playing in the Chinese market. Just another example of the powerful cultural filter that is the unfettered Internet.
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No, Aunt Bertha will not pinch your cheeks. That’s because she is not actually a person. Aunt Bertha is a service, created by TED Fellow Erine Gray, that connects people in need of food, healthcare and housing with the wide variety of programs available in their area. This week, Aunt Bertha is aiming to connect […]
TED gets the SNL treatment, a 3-D printed exoskeleton, and a look at the meaning of ‘yep’ versus ‘yup’
The members of the TED community have been very busy over the past two weeks. Below, news briefs on what a few have been up to. We’ll start with a few funny bits, and work our way down from there. Talks, courtesy of SNL. We were highly amused to see the sketch “DEF TED Talks Jam” on […]