Weird Al and the Internet

Wired magazine has an interesting article about how the internet has affected the career of Weird Al Yankovic. Weird Al is impacted by two trends from the internet:

  1. Fragmenting of the market into small segments (Long Tail?)
  2. A surplus of amateur parodies on You Tube

as well as the fact that the few mass acts that exist seem to be self-parodies (e.g. Jessica Simpson, Brittany, Kevin F.).

Read it here:

A blogger suggests ways that Weird Al could use the Internet’s potential for crowdsourcing to stay ahead of trends:

Weird Al has embraced the new media, releasing his first parody on iTunes two weeks ago. Digital release allows him to parody a song while it is still topping the charts…

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