Our 15 year old babysitter recently showed my kids the YouTube video, Potter Puppet Pals in “The Mysterious Ticking Noise.”

This 2 minute and 6 second video has had over 71 million views to date. If your students have access at home to YouTube, chances are good many of them have seen this. My 11 year old now has part of this tune as a ringtone on his cell phone.

Isn’t it amazing we live in a day when someone can ask us, “Have you seen the Harry Potter puppet video?” and after a quick Google search we’re watching that video?

I explained to my six year old tonight at dinner that when I was growing up, we didn’t have access to YouTube or to the Internet. Her response was telling about her perceptions of media. She asked:

You mean you didn’t have any TV?

It’s a digital generation. Check out the Harry Potter Puppet Show on YouTube if you have not already. I wonder how many t-shirts the creators have sold as a result of this viral video, and how many advertisting dollars they’ve made? I bet it’s quite a few.

Neil Cicierega is the creator of “The Mysterious Ticking Noise” video, which (according to the English WikiPedia) is the 21st most viewed video on YouTube, ever. Way to go, Neil. Neil is also the inventor of “Animutation:”

Animutation features arbitrary, nonsensical scenes and pop culture imagery, are typically set to novelty or foreign music, often Japanese. Most of his [Neil’s] early Animutations used music from the original Japanese version of Pokémon.

Hat Tip to our 15 year old babysitter, for the heads up on this viral video. 🙂

Check out more of Neil Cicierega’s digital creativity by subscribing to one or more of his five YouTube channels.

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