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Harlem Shake

Harlem Shake

In early 2013, Bauuer’s bass-heavy track “Harlem Shake” spawned a brand-new viral video craze in which the following goes down: a masked individual enters a crowded room and begins dancing wildly, prompting the rest of the assemblage to start convulsing as well so that they’re all executing some mangled offshoot of the hip-hop dance style. The trend has been adopted by everyone from the staff of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to Glee, becoming so intertwined with the Web and Web culture that we are now using it as an elaborate social crutch. Stop your convulsing, friends – it’s time to hug your family and hold your babies and engage once more with the real world.

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