Gangnam Style, Explained
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Less than a week later, I ran across a video link on FaceBook posted by a friend in the US, followed quickly by many other videos, links, and memes testifying to the growing popularity of the trend. After I saw Psy's performance on the SNL season premiere, however, I had to admit that Gangnam Style really was the international sensation Son#3 had claimed.
By now, most people probably know that Gangnam is a posh, high-rent district in Seoul. But many of the other 'inside' jokes and subtleties of the video can be easily lost on those who don't speak Korean - including yours truly. So when I ran across this fabulous post on Gangnam Style written by Hails over at her wonderful blog Coffee Helps, I knew I had to share it with the world - or, at least, my little part of it.
Hails does a great job of explaining some of the language in the video and - best of all - the tongue-in-cheek fun that Psy is poking at Gangnam's style and culture. She also very accurately conveys the excitement - and maybe a tiny bit of battle fatigue - that we here in Korea are experiencing now that a local boy has made good, positioned as he is at #1 on iTunes at the moment.
If you don't know who Psy is, this segment from ABC's 'Nightline' provides a good overview: