Friday, June 3, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "The Grand Rapids Lip Dub: A Giant Street Party Set To Music" from NPR

"If you were online over the Memorial Day weekend, you may well have seen The Grand Rapids Lip Dub.

Maybe you saw it after Roger Ebert called it "the greatest music video ever made." Maybe someone you know posted it to Facebook. Maybe someone e-mailed you the link. But by whatever channel, there's a decent chance you've stumbled on it: posted last Thursday, the video has already racked up over 1.3 million views, and that's over a holiday weekend.

Lindsey Smith of Michigan Radio has followed the story of the video for a while, and as she reports on today's All Things Considered, it's what Grand Rapids, Mich., came up with in response to Newsweek, which included it on a list of "America's Dying Cities" — subtitled, in case anyone missed the emphasis, "Cities With Bleak Futures Ahead." (Newsweek's editorial staff has since pointed out that the piece appeared at Newsweek pursuant to a content-sharing agreement with a site called Main Street, and that the magazine didn't produce it.)"


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