With over 900 billion views on his official channel since July, PSY’s “Gangnam Style” is the most viewed video on YouTube in 2012.
Not only did it sweep the globe, the South Korean pop sensation’s video inspired thousands of parodies and live performances of the song.
PSY appeared on “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” “Saturday Night Live” in September and closed the American Music Awards with MC Hammer in a mashup of the hit song and “2 Legit 2 Quit.”
Though the song and video garnered many fans and views, Yingxing Li said the video is “kind of foolish.”
“It isn’t a song I would choose normally but everyone here knows it,” Li (junior-finance) said.
Other Penn State students had mixed feelings on the “Gangnam Style” phenomenon.
Anna Bernardis said she recently did the “Gangnam Style” dance in a flash mob, while Tyler Drago said “it’s an interesting cultural fad, but by next year we won’t care about it anymore.”
Music videos are usually the most viewed on YouTube, but there are a few original channels with sketch comedy, vlogging and beauty channels.
Jenna Marbles, a YouTuber known for her popular weekly Wednesday videos, such as “How to Trick People into Thinking You’re Good Looking,” is very popular among college students.
Bernardis (freshman-computer science) said she likes Jenna Marbles’ videos best, but she sometimes watches other YouTube videos.
Drago (freshman-finance) said his favorite YouTuber is Glozell because she does crazy things like “the cinnamon challenge.”
Much like Jenna Marbles, Glozell is known for her videos which break down popular music lyrics as well as her comedic sketches.
Since viewer-ship on the Internet has been increasing steadily since its invention, many production companies are producing their own series shown exclusively on the web.
These web series’ are becoming more popular, many of which feature professional actors or celebrities.
WIGS, a production company with all female leads, have featured actress America Ferrera, Troian Bellisario of “Pretty Little Liars” and Julia Stiles.
Drago said Lisa Kudrow’s series, “Web Therapy,” looked interesting because it is total improvisation and looks funny.