Every night-or sometimes every week-millions of people around the world tune in to watch their favorite TV show(s). Whether it's an action-packed show with a death in an episode or a romance-comedy one with a bunch of cliches, fans would always be waiting anxiously for a new episode, jittery to know what would happen next in the show. Why do people watch these TV shows so religiously? Why are fans so dedicated and willing to wait so much just for some forty five-ish minutes. Mikayla Tyler, a junior at Academy at Palumbo, said, "Well, it is a sort of like a break from our boring, everyday, lives that are just all full of schedules." Every single day, people wake up and go to school or work-or for others, it may to wander around doing whatever they need to to pass the day- do what they have to do or what they're told to do, eat our meals, then do more work, then go home and eat some more and do some more work, and then go to sleep. If you are lucky or have a bunch of time and money, there may be some fun, memorable events in your day that keeps you going. However, for those that have no such luck, time, or money, they can only rely on virtual entertainment, that is TV shows. These shows allow the viewers to vicariously live through the characters. They are able to experience the same adrenaline that the character feels, the kind that they wouldn't be able to in their uneventful lives. They would cringe and squeal when a romantic scene occurs or scream and cry when a character's lover or family dies. These TV shows give a sort of excitement in the viewers' dull and repetitive life.
What about viral videos? What makes a video viral? Why do people like them so much? Jane Wu, a junior at Academy at Palumbo, thinks that "it can be viral because the video is unique. People have talents that are rare." When asked what can make a video viral, she said, "I feel like music can make a big impact because it can get people's attention and motivate them to keep watching." People generally watch these sort of videos for a laugh because it's something that is usually not seen often. Usually, when they watch it and feel it to be provocative, they would share it with their friends. Those friends would share it with more people, and that goes on and on until literally everyone has seen it. People would then start copying the video. For example, when PPAP first became viral, everyone were making parodies of it and singing it whenever they had a chance. After a while, say a week or two, the video would start to get annoying and people would get pissed whenever it plays. After a while, the viral video would become buried by new viral videos; people would forget about it all until they see, say, a gif on social media or something like so. The life of a viral video is generally really short, lasting less than a month before it dies away, allowing new videos to become viral and die, and on and on and on again.