Really, what does the fox say?
It’s a Sunday night, and I am getting ready for the week.
Nothing glamorous. Lunch packed, clothes laid out, briefcase organized. That sort of thing. Know what I mean.
Meanwhile, BR is messing around with his Kindle.
At the moment, he is listening to the Ylvis song, What Does the Fox Say? You must have heard of this song. The youtube video has 286,995,136 views and more than two and a half million likes.
I asked my son about the song.
“Why do you like What Does the Fox Say?”
“What’s funny about it?” I’ve heard him play it a 100 times and to me it’s just stupid. I am clearly not in the know.
“I don’t know.”
“Is it the words, the video, or what?”
“I like the video and the song too.”
“I don’t know. To me it just sounds stupid.” Notice how I validate his choices. Parent of the year, baby.
“Not everything has to be serious.”
I smiled. He had me there. “You’re right. That’s true.”
After he went to bed, I decided to give a watch and listen to What does the fox say? Maybe, I could learn something or at least have a laugh.
Well, I learned something the words to what does the fox say are even stupider than I thought. Really, have you ever listened to it? Most of it is nonsense. I do have to admit the people dressed up as animals looked kind of cool.
This dive into popular culture got me thinking. As you may remember, the other day, I was pondering why I have not gone viral (The Internet Could be Mine). What do people want to hear about these days?
Everyday just after 6 a.m., I get an email from Yahoo. The subject line says ‘Your Daily Yahoo stories for (fill in the day of the week).’ When I click on the email, the words in the right hand corner inform me that these are the “Top stories picked just for you.”
I feel special as I am certain Yahoo founder Jerry Yang poured over top stories and thought, “Hmm. What would MMK like this morning?” That my friends is service.
Would you like to hear what Mr. Yang picked out this morning? Well here are three of the six stories that I received:
So, Jessica Simpson and Amber Rose are both stunning, and I don’t have to wait in line at Cracker Barrel. Knowing this, I feel informed and ready for my day.
Actually, Mr. Yang, to quote Gary Cole as Bill Lumbergh (Office Space): “I’m gonna have to go ahead and sort of disagree with you there.” I’m thinking there are some more important news stories going on. And to be frank, I could not care less about Amber, Jessica, and Cracker Barrel.
I’d like to add one more thing. I think that Mr. Yang might have sent my top stories to a few million other people. Call my cynical if you wish.
So, Jerry Yang and Marissa Mayer (Yahoo CEO) and all the other Yahoos have decided what is important. These stories may even go viral.
If these are the types of stories that go viral, I think I’ll pass. What does the fox say about that?
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