All of your dreams just came true: David Hasselhoff just released the most incredible music video of all time. Now before you roll your eyes and say -- Darude “Sandstorm” is the best of all time! -- let me just paint you this picture. The video begins on the set of a 1980s action movie, David Hasselhoff sings “True Survivor” over the unfolding action of a cop going back in time to stop Hitler from rising to power. There are dinosaurs, explosions, men riding on the backs of wolves, and at the center of it all, a Hoff that will not be Hasseled. The video is a preview for Hasselhoff’s upcoming movie “Kung Fury” and has gained over 1.2M views in the first 24 hours. Funded entirely through a Kickstarter, “Kung Fury” will be a 30-minute movie released exclusively online May 28. Upon the release of this music video, the former Baywatch star states, “The song is perfect for me as I really am, in real life, a True Survivor.”
Casey Neistat Debuts Daily Vlog
Three weeks ago, filmmaker Casey Neistat announced that he would be starting a daily vlog -- or as he poetically describes, “releasing a short film every 24 hours.” Neistat is best known on YouTube for the high production and storytelling qualities he brings to each of his videos - and his vlogs are no different. Each video gains hundreds of thousands of views every single day and allows Neistat’s viewers a window into his life as a father, husband, creative, and typical New York City dweller. When questioned about why he, an award-winning filmmaker, would even consider vlogging, Neistat responds:
“Creating a new movie every 24 hours and releasing that movie to an audience of hundreds of thousands of people is an evolution in filmmaking. Our job as creators is to further define any medium, our job is to create the new cliches, not to adhere to those defined by generations past.”
Hillary Clinton Announces Second Presidency Bid
With her pantsuit game stronger than ever, this week Hillary Clinton announced her intention to run for president in the 2016 election via online video. Her video titled “Getting Started,” starts with groups of Americans stating all the things they’re going to begin and ends with Clinton announcing her bid. The video gained over 4 million views in the first 24 hours and hours after it was released, a brilliant SNL parody with Kate McKinnon premiered. Just like President Obama’s decision to be interviewed by YouTubers following his State of the Union address, Clinton’s decision to use YouTube to announce her bid shows just how influential the platform continues to be as a primary news media source.
Tinder in the 1980s
Hard to swipe left on a diskette, am I right? Continuing their series of modern app makeovers, SquirrelMonkeyCom gives Tinder a tubular makeover that anyone born in the age of dial-up will appreciate. Sure in the 80’s, a right swipe is turned into a right click and a profile setup is turned into a mail-in registration form, but at the center of it all is Love. Or finding someone whose picture does not: A) Remind you of any family members and B) Involve a questionable doll collection. The channel’s most popular video happens to be its first upload, a gem titled “If Angry Birds Was an 80s Computer Game.” But a video we will all appreciate -- especially since we all just took our respective team photos together and are full of YouTube love -- is their YouTube in the 90s video.
- Carly Lanning