It has become apparent that the Harlem Shake dance meme isn't going away anytime soon -- in fact, thanks to the recent arrests of four Egyptian students performing the "dance," it has now become a symbol of protest in the Middle East.
But hey, expressions of protest come in many forms -- just look at the flower-wielding mud ghosts of your parents in the 1960s and '70s. Only here's the thing ...
It's Not Going to Get the Message Across
Here's an image: It's the 1970s, and angry young men and women show up to protest the Vietnam War. In an act of defiance, they all line up and begin to flap their arms like chicken wings while stepping in place, or perhaps they bring out the big guns and "do the hustle."
"Take that, war!"
Not only is the Harlem Shake already being plundered by ad agencies, it's also fucking meaningless in terms of message. The media understand it as much as your elderly uncle, with a few news sites assuming that the people must wear the giant Mickey Mouse heads to protect their identities from persecution.
"They'll never find me in here ..."