Viruses are bad. But viral videos are hot, in high demand and definitely a media trend to watch. Literally.
Looking at the latest Yahoo Buzz Index, viral videos continue to be searched and actively passed around the web from inbox to inbox. Fevered searches on "viral video" jumped 51% on Yahoo! this week...does this mean office productivity went down the tubes as searchers sought out the next funny?
This week's roundup of viral highlights kicks off with the goofball rap phenomenon started by SNL's Lazy Sunday clip. Attempting like mad to cash in on its newfound cred, SNL has increasingly given way to pre-taped digital shorts. A spot featuring actress Natalie Portman doing a wacky "hardcore" rap of her very own triggered searches on "natalie portman snl" and "natalie portman rap" while boosting Buzz on her just in time for the new movie "V For Vendetta". NBC later spoiled the party for YouTube fans when it demanded the clip pulled from the video repository and posted it to their own "official NBC viral site."
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posted by Chris Kennedy @ Tuesday, March 14, 2006,