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What was the first music video aired on MTV?


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By now, everybody knows that the first music video played on MTV was VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR. Yeah, yeah – how ironic.

BUT… do you know what the SECOND video to play on MTV was?

It was Pat Benatar’s YOU BETTER RUN.

That was quickly followed by the rest of the FIRST 25 VIDEOS TO PLAY ON MTV: (here’s just a few, in no order…)

  • Rod Stewart: She won’t dance with me
  • The Who: you better you bet
  • PH.D. : Little Suzi’s on the Up
  • Cliff Richard: We don’t talk anymore
  • The Pretenders: Brass in Pocket
  • Styx: Rocking the Paradise
  • Phil Collins: In the Air Tonight
  • Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty: Stop draggin my heart around
  • and… ROD STEWART, AGAIN????? — MTV played two Rod Stewart songs in the first 25 videos. Kinda gives you an idea of what life was like in the early eighties…

How long is Miley Cyrus’ Tongue?


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My now, you’ve probably seen Miley Cyrus’ infamous MTV Video Music Award performance wtih Robin Thicke.

Regardless of what you thought about the quality or content of the performance itself, there is one thing that should have stuck out to you as being a bit of overkill: MILEY CYRUS HAS A LONG TONGUE.

Miley Cyrus - Bangerz
Miley Cyrus – Bangerz

Continue reading HOW LONG IS MILEY CYRUS’ TONGUE?

Why today’s politicians are dumber than previous ones


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Have you ever considered going into politics?

Sure, there’s some fame and fortune involved, plus the added bonus of actually feeling like you’re giving something back to the community that you represent.  This may work best in smaller cities and neighborhoods — being the president of your local Homeowners Association requires a completely different skillset than being the Mayor of your town.

Just like being Mayor requires different skills in some podunk town in the middle of nowhere than it does being Mayor of a major metropolitan city.

Face it – if too many cows on your byways is the biggest problem you have to deal with, then you’re not quite ready to attack the Major Politics of Today.

You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
You Are Not So Smart:
Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook,
Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction,
and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself

All that’s not to say that representing a small political arena is for dumb people, and only smart people can manuever around Big City or National politics.

But maybe there are some trends that can identify whether the person representing your best interests is as smart as they can be when compared to their compatriots.

For instance, according to SUNLIGHT LABS analysis of the members of congress and how they use language, they can identify who present themselves at a higher-intelligent level vs those in congress is try to talk to the lowest-common denominator.

Using some analysis of speeches that all Congressional members have made, they’ve been able to determine the grade level that each Congressman typically speak at.

From a trending perspective, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that as more and more years pass, Congressional speech patterns are getting worse and worse.  Web Watch calls it the MTV Effect (or, to update for the 21st century – the YouTube Effect).  Shorter attention spans and the rise of quick edit TV newscasts has resulted in what is – in effect – representatives that have lost the ability to sound like they’re talking intelligently.

They all may be extremely smart individuals.  But they’re certainly not all presenting themselves that way.

Let’s look at the LOWEST RANKING CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS and their level of grade school talk:

  • Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC) – 7th grade
  • Rep Rob Woodall (GA) – 8th grade
  • Rep Rand Paul (KY) – 8th grade
  • Rep Sean Duffy (WI) – 8th grade
  • Rep Tim Griffin (AR) – 8th grade

vs

  • Rep Dan Lungren (CA) – 16th grade
  • Rep Liculle Roybal-Allard (CA) – 14th grade
  • Rep Jim Gerlach (PA) – 14th grade
  • Rep Tom Petri (WI) – 14th grade
  • Sen Daniel Akaka (HI) – 14th grade

(Just go with the grades higher than 12 to be collegiate level. Web Watch is just reporting what’s in the data, not making judgements on how its interpreted.)

Some of what the analysis shows is:

  • Simple speech tends to come from those who speak more.
  • Moderate members of Congress tend to speak at higher grade levels than do those members of Congress who would be considered more extreme.
  • Newer members of Congress tend to speak to a lower grade level than those who’ve been in Congress longer

 

 

 

 

Do you tweet work-related stuff? You may not own your Twitter account…


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Twitter Marketing for Dummies
Twitter Marketing

So you have your very own Twitter account (like we do, at @webgangsta).  And you spend time throughout the day sending out various tweets about whatever is going on in your life.

Some of the things you tweet about are about food you’ve eaten and music you’re listening to.  Some of the things you tweet about are work-related, such as telling your followers about some cool new thing that’s up on your company website. Continue reading DO YOU TWEET WORK-RELATED STUFF? YOU MAY NOT OWN YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT…

You may not know Jesse Heiman, but you’ve seen him… everywhere


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The Jerk Theory
The Jerk Theory

Do you know who Jesse Heiman is?

No?

You’re not alone.

Continue reading YOU MAY NOT KNOW JESSE HEIMAN, BUT YOU’VE SEEN HIM… EVERYWHERE

This Decade’s Best Music Video is by the White Stripes (duh!)


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LEGO Rock Band (WII)Web Watch has been a huge fan of ANTVILLE’s VIDEO BLOG, which regularly lists some of the newest, greatest, most interesting music videos available online.

This week, Antville has decided to release what they are calling THE 101 TOP MUSIC VIDEOS OF THE DECADE, and with the number one spot being taken by the White Stripes’ FELL IN LOVE WITH A GIRL, Web Watch really can’t say that Antville got it wrong.

But what were the rest of the top ten of the 424 that Antville put up for vote?

Continue reading THIS DECADE’S BEST MUSIC VIDEO IS BY THE WHITE STRIPES (DUH!)

Two Golden Shower Videos


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Golden Shower was a Brazilian band that hit the net in the early 2000’s, and over the next few years spent some time creating interesting mashups of video, electronica, and graphics. 

In 2002, Golden Shower released the song and video entitled TOTAL CONTROL, and began to win even more awards and recognition for their work.  The video is a tribute to the classic Tyco TCR race sets from the late 70’s-early 80’s.

Those of you who remember those Tyco TCR race car sets should have fond memories of the excitement an awesome TCR layout could be.   And it was always your friends who had the cool track setups, wasn’t it?  Continue reading TWO GOLDEN SHOWER VIDEOS

The College Humor Prank War


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The guys over at COLLEGE HUMOR have had a lot of fun at each others’ expense over the years by pranking each other.

To date, there have been seven classic pranks, each one escalating in over-the-topness from the previous one.   Let’s take a look at where it started, and where it has led to so far.  Some things that you can take from the following videos are:

  • having a sense of humor is required if you work for a website called College Humor
  • don’t get into a prank war with people who are funnier and more creative than you are, who also have a seemingly unlimited amount of money and friends to assist them

Continue reading THE COLLEGE HUMOR PRANK WAR

Full House Screws Up Walt Disney World


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One thing that I get annoyed with is when TV shows take liberties with established facts about existing places.  For example, MTV’s Road Rules screwed up in their first season by showing the Winnebago driving north on a highway. The problem was that each subsequent highway shot was from a section of road that was further south than the previous one.  All the editors had to do was place those highway shots in their correct order.  They were going to show those shots anyway, so at least be smart about it.  It was like insisting that the first five letters of the alphabet are “A-B-E-D-C”.  Continue reading FULL HOUSE SCREWS UP WALT DISNEY WORLD