WHO IS PSY? * Park Jae-sang (PSYcho) * Boston University and the Berklee College of Music * 34, married (Yoo Hye-yeon), twin daughters * not particularly good- looking and young * busted for marijuana, avoiding the military service * fined for â€œinappropriate contentâ€? of his 1st album, the 2nd was banned * inspiration: Freddie Mercury (Queen)
THE SUCCES OF THE SONG
RECORDS * Most liked video on YouTube * First video in Internet history to be viewed more than a billion times * Most viewed video on YouTube â€“ more than 1 800 000 000
LYRICS (extract) A girl who is warm and humanle during the day A classy girl who know how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffee A girl whose heart gets hotter when night comes A girl with that kind of twist Iâ€™m a guy A guy who is as warm as you during the day A guy who one-shots his coffee before it even cools down A guy whose heart bursts when night comes That kind of guy Beautiful, loveable Yes you, hey, yes you, hey Now letâ€™s go until the end Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
GANGNAM STYLE * a message about class and wealth in South Korean society * Gangnam is not just a nice town * a women who drinks coffee * not as fabulous as it might seem * a realistic portrait of everyday South Korea. * Why it went viral?
CULTURAL IMPACT * Flash-mobs * Tesco * Barack Obama * South Korean Minister of Culture * The Yale Book of Quotations
POLITICAL ACTIVISM * Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei * Students for Free Tibet * Muhammad Rahim al Afghani