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Do a Little Dance, Spread a Little Love, Get Down with Matt Harding
Sarah Kuck, 9 Jul 08


A few years ago, video-game developer Matt Harding quit his job and started traveling the world in search of the meaning of life. And, because this is the 21st century, he videotaped himself along the way.

His charismatic videos, originally meant to update his friends and family, feature Matt dancing -- badly -- in front of Earth’s most breathtaking and iconic landmarks. He has now traveled to 42 countries, danced with thousands of people, and become an Internet celebrity.

Maybe you've seen Where the Hell is Matt? But if you haven’t, I'm actually going to say that you must because there’s something more to these four minute videos than just a white guy dancing whimsically.

So why should you join the more than 9 million people who’ve watched this video, and why did I almost cry while watching it?

Well, I could tell you about how it sparked my barely dormant sense of wanderlust or how it reminded me how deeply I value diversity of land and culture. Or I could go further and tell you how I think this silly dance video has the ability to remind us that we are all in this together.

But what I’ve been trying to figure out is, how does ‘Where the Hell is Matt?’ do all these things? I’ve been trying to think of a good reason, but all I can come up with is that you have to see it for yourself:

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

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