Understanding the Funny Military Music Video

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Funny Military Music Videos are popular videos featuring soldiers dancing to chart hits, usually parodying other internet music video memes. This article is interested in the conditions of seeing these videos, of their being seen, in specific relation to their military-ness and their American-ness—US soldiers, on a US military base in occupied territory, dancing to US pop music, circulating on US social media sites, watched by a US public. This article claims that as insistent expressions of a popular, militarized, everyday culture, Funny Military Music Videos are exemplary assemblages of the visual conditions of the American military imaginary.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)899-921
JournalJournal of American Studies
Issue number4
Early online date14 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016


  • Funny Military Music Video, YouTube, Iraq War, U.S. Military, Memes, Platformativity, Frames of War, Pop Music Video, Visuality