Trending Topics: #SharkWeek means it’s time to act Wilde and Get Lucky

Ahoy hoy! The things that decided to trend on the Internet this week varied greatly, but was, as always, a good mixture of fun, serious, hilarious, weird and everything in between. It’s this spontaneity that makes the Internet so hard not to lurve. So, without further adieu, I bring you the trending topics!

 

1)    Colbchella 2013

Alright, we know late-night comedians are already set up with the tools to create great viral content. They’re improvisational, they know how to get a joke across in short timing, and they have a lot of famous friends. It would’ve been difficult for this NOT to go viral!

But having said that Stephen Colbert took it to the next level with his version of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” after they cancelled his show this week because of an exclusivity deal with MTV.

“If Daft Punk were on my show, people wouldn’t tune in to see them on the VMAs almost a month from now,” said Colbert in his opening rant, in his usual amusingly satirical tone. “That’s how music works: you love a band, you see them once, then never want to see them again.”

Colbert did a version of Get Lucky ANYWAY, due to the fact Hyundai apparently threw a lot of money at him for this appearance. IMHO,  his version may just be better than the real one. Blasphemous, I know!

But seriously, Jeff Bridges, Bryan Cranston and Colbert’s Dolphin Dance during America’s Got Talent had me guffawing every time I watched it. So good.

 

2)    #SharkWeek

If you’ve been online for even a minute, you’ve probably noticed it’s #SharkWeek this week. Discovery Channel’s annual week dedicated to the greatest, most feared (and perhaps most misunderstood?) underwater predator, the Shark, first launched in 1987 and has now become a major part of pop culture. To the point that ad campaigns socially tag onto the phenomenon, like Tide and Volkswagon via their Vine campaigns, and YouTubers dedicate their channels to it, like Max-Arthur in #SharkCat week.

Sharks were also in the news this week with a really random and unfortunate little guy who was found dead on a New York city subway. Some speculated whether it was a viral campaign attempt from Discovery Channel, which the network quickly poo-pooed.

Juan D. Cano, who works in advertising said he added "a Metrocard under its fin, just in case it needed it to transfer." It's unknown whether he gave the lil guy the ciggy and Red Bull.

Juan D. Cano, who works in advertising said he added “a Metrocard under its fin, just in case it needed it to transfer.” It’s unknown whether he gave the lil guy the ciggy and Red Bull.

 

3)    Human Rights Violations and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

 

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Ok, this is a grand and bold topic heading, but just in case you weren’t aware, there’s a LOT of conversation and action boiling online due to our upcoming winter Olympics being held in Russia, a country that has recently stated that “athletes and visitors attending the 2013 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia will be subject to arrest should they exhibit any pro-gay tendencies,” (this is all due to a new law President Vladimir Putin signed in June, banning the propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations).

One would think the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would abhor such a draconian take on human rights, but their take has been very…blahzay.

Of course, people have been raising their voices IRL and online, including signing a Change.org petition to IOC President Jacques Rogge, asking them to relocate their winter games to Vancouver. Dudes, this petition that was at 6,000 signatures on Monday, now has over 136K signatures, including the support of George Takai AND Anne Rice (yes, the author of Interview with the Vampire).

 

4)    “Turning 30” by Olivia Wilde

This isn’t something we would normally find THAT share-worthy, just an op-ed that some celebrity wrote. But something about Olivia Wilde’s honest commentary about why she’s excited to turn 30 seems to have resonated with a lot of people. Even if it’s not the specific messages in her down-to-earth tone that have made her fist-bump-worthy, people seem to agree that Olivia Wilde has become the girl they wanna be friends with. Or have a girlcrush on. I have a bit of a girlcrush on her after this.

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5)    Best Vines of 2013

Instagrammers! You better start doing some cool ish with the video function, cause Vine is dominating on quick-hit videos online!

We really wanted to share the Best Vines of 2013 that YouTuber Eric S assembled, but it’s currently been smacked with a copyright claim 🙁 But he assures us that the video will be back very very soon.

And when it does, you can watch it here.

In the meantime, here’s a picture of Beyonce’s new haircut that ALSO made the rounds end of this week (and people, let’s get past this. It’s just hair. And yes it’s short, but she’s still as fierce as eva).

I'm a journalist, producer and host who thought I would get into "traditional" broadcasting until the lusty call of the Internet drew me in. I've been fortunate enough to have launched 10 web series about a wide range of niches, like: Greek culture, Wines, India and Battlestar Galactica (BSGcast FTW!). But these days I love being one-half of Nat&Marie, exploring Internet Culture and dissecting how the web affects IRL and vice versa. Instagram's my vice and Technoviking is my home boy!

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