goatwhyAt uGen.TV we like to talk a lot about the bright future of online entertainment. We are amazed by all of the incredible filmmakers and inventive entertainers that are developing online.  And then… there’s Goat Edition videos.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Goat Edition meme, in February of 2013 a YouTuber uploaded a Goats Yelling Like Humans Supercut. It was a compilation of (you guessed it) goats yelling, shrieking, calling or whatever it is that goats do – like humans. These videos had existed individually for awhile but no one had harnessed their raw power into one earsplitting whole. This supercut cut along with some of the original source videos went viral and THEN… somewhere in the dark mashed-up ether of another YouTuber’s mind a meme was born with this video:

We have to admit.  It’s a pretty funny idea, and one that inspired A LOT of copies.  Pretty soon Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Bon Jovi, Skrillex and more had Goat Editions.

It’s not that we don’t appreciate the silly.  We danced along to Gangnam Style, sang along with Carly Rae and threw our backs out doing the Harlem Shake.  In fact the great thing about any meme is that it’s a joke the whole world gets to chime in on.  When you see your first Goat Edition video and you immediately think of the song that’s perfect for a “goat that sounds like a human” chorus and before you know it you’re uploading your Tears for Fears Goat Edition (somebody get on that) and sending it to all your friends – you’re joining in on a global conversation.  But like all jokes that get passed around, you never know when you’re going to be the one to tell it and get a big groan from everyone who was just telling the same joke a week ago.  It’s not your fault.  You’re just getting in on the fun and we respect that.

The difference is that a meme is not just a joke.  A meme can start off funny, or profound, or interesting or cute and soon become a social virus that infects your email, facebook, twitter, party conversations and I’m assuming Google plus although I don’t really know who uses that.

So while the Goat Edition is here, revel in its simplistic joy.  There’s not much to it and that’s what’s great about it, but then please go watch something that really does elevate you and the cultural discussion, or is just plain amazing.

Of course, before all that amazing stuff you’ll want to see more Goat Editions, so here you go.
Miley Cyrus – Party In The U.S.A Goat Edition

Skrillex – First of the Year GOAT Edition

Katy Perry – Firework Goat Edition

Justin Bieber Baby (Goat Edition)

Michael Jackson – Black or White (Goat Edition Original)

Nicki Minaj – Starships (Goat Edition)

Bon Jovi – Living On a Prayer (Goat Edition)