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Op op op op oppan, sexy lady - Gangnam Style! Yes, if you're still upset by the four minutes of your life you'll never get back from watching internet sensation PSY bust some horsey moves on YouTube, then fear not - more than 820 million people made the same mistake. This means that pop2.0 prince Justin Bieber has been knocked …

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Views <> People

824M views doesn't necessarily mean 824M people.... I assume that some people will have watch it many times!

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you really think people may have watched it more than once!!! Sadists!

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Re: Views <> People

No, watching it more than once is masochism.

Sadism is running an online video service punting that shit to 824m victims.

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You are quite right, I got my S mixed with my M!

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My girlfriend's youngest daughter apparently makes the view count go up every afternoon after school.

Anonymous to protect my hide.

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Jesus wept

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It's still better than Bieber's song!

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Meh

Ah. Damned with faint praise.

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Yeah. Although to be fair, Psy is at least a bit different to the other dross.

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I like it...it's bouncy.

On a more personal note, don't attempt the dance in the bank, no matter how bored you get in the queue...the old ladies give you hard stares.

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...especially -now I come to think about it- the bit in the lift.

Bouncy and related:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tOE7hy9AFw

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That's about 75000 mythical man-months wasted!

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This is what kids should be watching

The magnificent Rory Gallagher giving some French kids free air guitar lessons

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33Jaodra7AY

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Biggest timewaste ever?

I thought that was posting here? Oh, hang on...

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Much better is "Lo Pan Style"!

Based on "Big trouble in Little China" it even tells the story of the film

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xiAbDkXDgg

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Re: Much better is "Lo Pan Style"!

I will agree, that is fucking fantastic.

"David Lo Pan style!

Heeey green eyed lady...."

Genius.

Steven R

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Lies, damn lies, statistics and Google statistics

I don't believe a bit of it. Google statistics are buggered up beyond belief.

Some while ago I saw someone elses video on YouTube that showed the front page of google with gangham being the number 1 most watched video, and then showed another video that had at least double the number of watches.

I don't believe anything that Google spits out these days.

If I find the link/video, I'll let you know.

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Re: Lies, damn lies, statistics and Google statistics

Don't believe the hype, but do your own research,

There's a difference between the counter on the page and outside the video page. It's the same for every video on youtube. Why? I'm not sure.

Here's the stats @ 13:08:

Search page: 823,396,203 views

Inside video page: 825,545,515 views

Maybe the search page cache's the view count every so often rather than on-the-fly. Still, anything to kill/squash/quash Justin Bieber is good in my books.

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Re: Lies, damn lies, statistics and Google statistics

I expect it has a lot to do with the amazing nosql databases and sharding.

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Re: Lies, damn lies, statistics and Google statistics

Here's just how bad YouTube is - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFKkQglpJVs

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Re: Lies, damn lies, statistics and Google statistics

I would assume that the total number of watches may be accumulated over the lifetime of the video, but the 'most watched' would reflect the number of views in the past (short period, maybe 1 day, maybe 7 days, whatever counts as 'a unit of time' in YouTubeland).

So that's not a discrepancy, unless you have at least two timestamped screenshots showing the other video's views growing faster.

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Ummm, ..

"With K-pop, we had a whole industry of extraordinarily high quality music ... "

Is it just me whose brain did a back-flip? (I may be getting too old; if so please forgive me.)

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No, you're not the only one who had to go back and re-read that line.

There are an awful lot of people out there with Van Gogh's ear for music.

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Re: Ummm, ..

And presumably you're basing that opinion on a good understanding of Korean pop music? Or just a dislike for western pop music?

If you don't like pop music you won't like kpop. If you like pop music and can get over not understanding most of the words kpop is probably the best pop on the planet...

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I expect it's based on having heard Gangnam Style.

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You seem to be mistaking "things I like" and "high-quality music", the two are not mutually exclusive.

Personally I find J-Pop better than K-Pop, but I have more of a fondness for Japanese culture than Korean, so i'm probably a little biased.

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Re: You seem to be mistaking "things I like" and "high-quality music"

No, I'm not. There is an intersect between those two groups but I'm quite clear on the fact that a lot of the music I like isn't "high quality" in terms of production or construction. In fact "quality" is not really something I take into account when listening to music.

frank ly and Sean Timarco Baggaley were implying there was no way KPop could be of a high quality. I disagree and think that, objectively, Kpop songwriting, production and promotion are all of a high quality.

Also, in a youtube style, KPOP > JPOP!

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Re: Ummm, ..

-... except for all others (and Jpop particularly)

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I know I'm going to get downvoted but I'm not bothered. I think the song is very catchy and I thought the video was quite funny.

As I understand it from a brief Google search and a conversation with a guy at work, (Not in that order)(Not very scientific so I could be wrong), the whole thing is a pisstake of western culture - and I'm sure many of the commentards here agree that a lot of western culture is a good target for pisstake. Whether that's true or not, it's nothing to get worked up about - you have the choice to either enjoy it or ignore it.

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Not quite right. It's the asian culture wanting to replicate our style. The song is about a district in South Korea (Gangnam) where there's a population of young people wanting to do the very thing we do. There's plenty of interviews of Psy out there explaining what the track is about.

Must give it to the guy, he has been trying to become popular over 6 albums. Obviously the craftmenship of the song + moves will embed it into history as a party anthem.

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A High Court Judge writes...

What, pray, is a 'Gang Nam Stile'?

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I'm lucky to say No effin' idea and I plan to keep it that way.

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Re: A High Court Judge writes...

"It's a piece of modern alleged music, m'lud, from a Korean chap. You may have heard a (mercifully brief) snippet played on the Today programme last month."

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I'm happy to say I've never seen it.

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I'm happy to say I've never seen you.

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Well done.

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I think it's pretty catchy song, after having watched and heard it last week for the first time.

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The Register...

...wishes it was so popular!

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will watch lo pan style later.

but

suggest a youetube search for

minecraft style

mitt romney style

klingon style

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Hot Dog Condom Style

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Gandalf style is pretty funny.

Gun-man style is interesting for its high amateur production values.

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Korean GP

Saw them doing it on that, had David, Jake & Eddie doing the dance.

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Gangnam style

South of the River -

If you have had the opportunity to visit the neighborhood Gangnam-gu you will notice that this song is making fun of a very wealthy neighborhood where style, looks, appearance are very important.

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The 'Eton Style' parody is worth a look

If you can bear to see those jolly chaps explaining how hard it is to be wealthy and socially clueless.

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Gangham style = Braindead Fools

There is absolutely nothing to this ignorant craze, like most social media crap.

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what's wrong with it?

never heard of it before but just watched the video - pretty funky and nice electro beat. I would rate this as in the top 20% of current chart music - certainly better than all those x-factor ballads

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Re: what's wrong with it?

But it is more successful and popular than anyone here, so it has to be trash-talked.

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My manager at work...

...was just relieved to lean her primary-school-aged kids were not singing 'do it gangbang style' in the back of the car.

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Ha ha. I'm ok with gangnam style. Not a big fan of pop music, but its catchy and fun. One thing I can't stand is the innumerable tv/radio personalities that refer to it as 'gangam style'. There's and 'n' in there, use it.

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