Cultural Imports

 Posted by on 21 November 2012 at 10:00 am  Business, Culture, Free Trade, Music
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One of the best features of American culture, I think, is our willingness to adopt anything from other cultures that we like. Apparently, we’re doing that in spades with “Gangnam Style,” a catchy Korean pop song with a crazyawesome video:

The video has spawned countless imitations, including this fabulous Klingon version:

My favorite derivative work, however, is this video of the toddler who will only eat when the “Gangnam Style” video is playing:

NPR has a fascinating article on how that happened. It wasn’t dumb luck, but the product of years of careful effort. As the article concludes:

“Gangnam Style” is what happens when a developing country becomes developed. An infrastructure to make and export culture can develop just like an infrastructure to make and export anything else.

Yes, and we’re all better off as a result! Hooray for sillycrazyfun K-Pop videos!

  • Erik

    Americans, the cultural mongrels. I’ve never seen the charm of having a thoroughly commercialized culture, and I doubt I ever will. Makes me think of decadence and decline.

    • Andrew Dalton

      So, Erik, what is your alternative?

  • JP

    Diana, that orange-dye-job girl is actually a pop singer herself, and another recording of that song features her singing as well. I think its a little better than the original:

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