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This week, I was slapped in the fact by the popularity of Cracked.com Internet Party video. As a noob to the tech game, I assumed that no one outside of this 7by7 square mile city knows or cares about the dozens of video sites that allow you to search by pet name, favorite color, or most inappropriate moment.

Generally, links passed in closed circles is like offering up a stick of gum. It’s momentary enjoyment that will quickly lose flavor. But to my stubborn surprise, less than a day after the link was sent to me by a co-worker, the video popped up on digg and conversations had jumped off of AIM and people where actually talking about it in real life.

Today I sat among friends sipping a local brew — my head clouding over with the mention of a new site that encourages people to broadcast their waspiest moments — and asked the slightly beer-soaked crowd: Is it humanly possible to stay on top of the hot trends in social media? I want to think that it’s not, but denying credit where it could be due makes me feel like I may be as ignorant as I assume everyone else is. So I challenge all you non-SFist to tell me what you think. Is networking 2.0 mainstream? Is this video funny to the mass populous or is it too soon?

Extra Credit: How many of these sites have you been to or heard of? Inquiring minds would like to know…

The other night, I was in a heated conversation about how many online comedians are over producing their rap parodies in a way that makes it seem like they are taking the whole thing way too seriously. Don’t get me wrong, their are many artists who dare to be different and their innovation in the space only raises the bar — Eric Schwartz and Jon Lajoie. But Does Cherry Chocolate Rain make me laugh longer then a day? Not at all. Do these up-and-coming rap comedians have a chance to lock down the fame of Lazy Sunday or Dick in a Box? Probably not. The result of my rather lengthy conversation brought me back to this gem of a video. An original whitser rap by comedian Mike O’Connell, What’s it Gonna Be? was shot in a single location (your run of the mill dive bar) and never once cuts away from the absurdly laughable performance acted out in front of the lens.

So what’s the point? O’Connell didn’t have to bust out the bling and his entourage to get his hoes — he just needed to make them laugh. So maybe what I suggest is that web producers take it back to basics and maybe all the inspiring rockstar comedians will get a little more internet tang.

I have spent the past year of my life trying to focus my thoughts into AIM conversations, Twitter posts, and blog comments. But how much can you really say in 150 characters? And in those characters, how much space is wasted by umm..but..so…and? I’m horrible at typing reading and now is probably the time to mention my self-inflicted lack of involvement with social networking. I can’t bare to spend my days managing multiple pages that are supposed to be a data clone of me. Not that there is a reason not to want to be connected with every person that you have ever walked by on the street, but do I really want my high school boyfriend “poking” me to see what I’ve been up to these days? Over the years, I have kept every phone number that I have acquired in my phone. Having never changed my name or main contact info, if you don’t have my number or email by now, do you really care how my day was or that I gave up on love and relationships years ago? I’m guessing not. And I’m pretty sure you just want to confirm that I’m still the nerd I used to be in order to validate your lack of conversation for the past eight years. So let me fill you in:

reelfeed: nyc is the place i lived the longest and i still consider it my home

reelfeed: yeah i worked on the departed and it was pretty much the best job ever

reelfeed: i got out of the entertainment business because i was tired of caring what people ate for lunch or how their happiness would totally determine mine

reelfeed: sad that the daily reel didn’t work out but start ups are startups and you can pour your heart and soul into them but it’s never worth it unless you own a piece

reelfeed: i store history in my head and try to learn from the past. the past is the only future that makes sense

reelfeed: sense requires spellcheck

The other night, I was in a heated conversation about how many online comedians are over producing their rap parodies in a way that makes it seem like they are taking the whole thing way too seriously. Don’t get me wrong, their are many artists who dare to be different and their innovation in the space only raises the bar — Eric Schwartz and Jon Lajoie.

But Does Cherry Chocolate Rain make me laugh longer then a day? Not at all. Do these up-and-coming rap comedians have a chance to lock down the fame of Lazy Sunday or Dick in a Box? Probably not. The result of my rather lengthy conversation brought me back to this gem of a video. An original whitiest rap by comedian Mike O’Connell, What’s it Gonna Be? was shot in a single location (your run of the mill dive bar) and never once cuts away from the absurdly laughable performance acted out in front of the lens.

So what’s the point? O’Connell didn’t have to bust out the bling and his entourage to get his hoes — he just needed to make them laugh. So maybe what I suggest is that web producers take it back to basics and maybe all the inspiring rockstar comedians will get a little more internet tang.