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Yesterday, somebody I know told me, “One of my friends just sent me an e-mail saying the Greenville Police are now writing tickets, even if you are going less than 5 miles per hour over the speed limit!”

I called “hoax” almost immediately. And it was, but one that had spread so quickly that two local TV stations had to do stories saying the e-mail hoax was, in fact, a hoax.

What’s a little depressing about a hoax like that is that it took somewhere between little and no talent to launch. I appreciate a good hoax as much as anybody else, but it’s just lazy.

I don’t mind people using the viral nature of the internet, as long as they are using a little talent in the original product. Here are three viral videos from YouTube. Of the three, you probably have seen one or two. If not, watch them all. You may not necessarily enjoy the content, but you can at least recognize the talent of the people behind it.

#1–I’m pretty sure my wife won’t mind, but I’ve developed a small and surprisingly quick crush on Molly Lewis. I just saw this video this morning, but…well, a songwriting girl with a knack for the funny just hits me in the right spot.

Molly Lewis’ Roadtrip

#2–Naturally7 doing the viral video thing in a Paris subway makes me happy. I saw this video many months ago, but I still think it’s a great example of blatant viral video production that has enough talent behind it that I can look past the fact it is purely a marketing vehicle.

#3–This one is the latest, but since it’s fairly freaking genius, I thought I’d include it anyway. It’s RevoLucian’s Christian Bale Remix. This is not at all my kind of music, but the talent it took to put it together cannot be denied. Oh, and as Bale’s on-set rant was certainly NSFW, so is the remix.

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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1 Response

  1. KenP says:


    Don’t know about viral; but the cop was too slow for conditions. Might have been less than 5 under but not sure what.