Friday, October 7, 2011


Today we examined the social media and viral phenomenon of "Rick Rolling." In class, we listened to two NPR articles that gave a definition and colorful interpretation of the Rick Astley song. Links to the NPR site are embedded below. Also, we saw an even more colorful Bill O'Reilly reaction to the song, (also linked below) and concluded with a short clip from Family Guy.

As we watched and listened to the media above, the class kept in mind three topics:
1. Why is Rick Rolling so popular?
2. Why this particular song?
3. Comparing what we see in class to the times you have been a victim to this phenomenon.

The class answered these questions in a short writing assignment.

Here are the links:

Bill O'Reilly

An apparent spoof, created digitally (though some of us wish otherwise!)