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Best Meme: Harlem Shake
Runners Up: Doge and Grumpy Cat
For a while this year, it was impossible to escape those 30 seconds of Baauer's anthem Harlem Shake. The track dominated YouTube and spread across the web like few others in 2013. From insurance offices to NBA teams, everyone had their own version of the Harlem Shake video. While the track was ubiquitous in 2013, it's been relegated to sporting events and socials now. Diplo's Mad Decent label and Baauer both know careers aren't built on memes, but they can be a nice accelerant. Baauer has managed to ride the pop culture wave, but not get swept up in it. He is a talented electronic music producer who just happened to be a part of the biggest meme of the year.
Best Tumblr: Menswear Dog
Runners Up: 99 Problems --
Reasons My Son is Crying
If a couple of years ago, you'd said that men everywhere would be taking fashion advice from a stylish dog, you would have been laughed out of the room. While the site may have started as a fun way to kill some time, the fashionable four-year-old Shiba Inu living in New York City has become a style icon and a marketer's dream. Brands are clamouring to be associated with the site, with Club Monaco using the dapper dog at the launch of their flagship location in the Big Apple recently.
Biggest Guilty Pleasure: Buzzfeed.com
BUZZFEED is one of those websites that people spend way more time looking at then they like to admit. Everyone loves lists and Buzzfeed manages to capture readers' short attention spans with link-baiting headlines and lots of crazy GIFs.
Time-waster of the Year: Candy Crush
If you think video games are for kids, you never seen a frustrated adult trying get to the next level of Candy Crush.
Podcast of the Year: Hollywood Prospectus
You can always count on Grantland's Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan to zone in on the right TV, movies and music. More than just pop-culture critics, their passion and love for the craft of storytelling -- whether it's on the latest Sunday-night must-see TV or some underground rapper's mixtape -- comes across in every podcast. Although their fawning over mid-'90s hip hop can be a bit much sometimes, Greenwald and Ryan's friendship and history are part of the charm of the show.
Website That Will Be Turned Into a Movie: Silk Road
The dramatic saga of the takedown of Dread Pirate Roberts and the Silk Road reads like the perfect Hollywood script. Silk Road is an underground website, sometimes called the "Amazon.com of illegal drugs" or the "eBay for drugs." You have all the ingredients for a blockbuster, from the seedy underbelly of the deep web to multimillion-dollar drug markets with international connections to murder-for-hire plots to cryptocurrency conspiracies, the story of the Silk Road and the arrest of Ross Ulbricht is a fascinating look into Internet-based economies and the continuing war on drugs. While Vice offshoot Motherboard put together a quick documentary that talked about briefly about the deep web, Silk Road and Ulbricht, expect a couple full-length documentaries and a feature film to come out of this story.
Part 2 of the year-end column will run next week.
Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him at twitter.com/anthonya.