You Kids Get off my Lawn! (O’Reilly on Gangnam Style)
The following is both amusing and telling:
The first thing that strikes me is that this is just further confirmation that FNC’s target demo is older whites.
The second thing that strikes me is the reaction based on race and culture. O’Reilly makes a number of disparaging remarks (e.g., calling Psy “a little fat guy from Yongyang [sic]“) linked to nationality and both he and his guest, Keith Ablow seem to consider a foreign language gibberish. Indeed, the laziness here is amazing: why bother trying to, you know, get a translation of the lyrics into English so that they could at least know what the song means in Korean? Far easier to just go on and on about lack of meaning.
I also love the older white guy talking about understanding Elvis, the Stones, the Beatles, (and even Bieber!) but not getting this, because, of course, the older folks back in the day never questioned the music the kids were listening to at the time. The faux intellectual “analysis” from Keith Ablow (likening the video to drugs, for example) is ridiculous.
Apart from general entertainment value, I think that this clip is actually interesting because it illustrates the general FNC approach, which is a myopic view of the world tailored to reinforce the views of the audience, rather than to inform and expand it. This approach permeates its editorial approach to the world, and informs the way it deals with issues of far greater importance than YouTube videos.