Noam Chomsky Went Gangnam Style … Ever So Briefly?

I’m usually pretty dialed into this stuff, but somehow this one slipped by me last fall. During the Gangnam Style craze, MIT shot a parody video where Noam Chomsky, the father of modern linguistics, made a cameo appearance. Maybe it slipped by me because the appearance is brief. About 5 seconds, starting at the 3:20 mark. We were on the ball enough, however, to spot another parody by Ai Weiwei and then we had Slavoj Žižek demystifying the whole Gangnam Style phenomenon, complete with wild hand gesticulations and frantic rubs of the nose. Anyway, one day this will make for some good archival footage — public intellectual meets international pop culture craze — so we’re adding it to the trove.

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  • sia

    To conduct such a thing at a university and MIT at that… you people know how to bring shame to everything we value, eh?

  • Leon

    Very interesting. It looks like they’re having a lot of fun. And now I want to hear about Zizek demystifying the Gangnam Style thing. He’s always pretty interesting, even when I don’t agree with him.

  • anothervisitor

    Boy, dancing with Eric Lander is wwwaaayyy more interesting that the Chomsky cameo (even with the current Chomsky/Zizek war going around here).

  • Denn Guerrier

    “Shame to everything we value”, eh?

    To “conduct” a parody video, in the vein of celebration of probably the most extreme example of a memetic video in our culture … memetics being something that I’m quite certain Noam Chomsky is on board with.

    Seems like you just don’t appreciate anything outside of your narrow perspective, eh?

  • Alissa Clough

    Sweet! It “translates” to Boston so well! Chomsky IS the Big Daddy!
    (of linguistics and higher learning, if nothing else)…

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