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  • 09/10/14--03:49: Emile Lastinger
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  • 09/10/14--03:53: Conservapedia
  • About

    Conservapedia is an alternative internet encyclopedia written from a fundamentalist Christian conservative point of view. Although it was the first partisan encyclopedia of its kind, it is perhaps best known across the internet for hosting the Conservative Bible Project, and for being the target of a Colbert Nation raid as a result.

    History

    Conservapedia was launched on November 21st, 2006[1] by Andrew Schlafly, a lawyer, conservative activist, and homeschool teacher.[2] Frustrated by what he perceived to be liberal bias on Wikipedia, Schlafly founded the site with the intention of providing an alternative to the popular internet encyclopedia.

    Within a year of its creation, Conservapedia had been reported on by the New York Times,[3] the Guardian,[4] the Los Angeles Times,[5] and NPR.[6]

    Features

    The site features articles written in support of conservatism,[7] Christian fundamentalism,[8] American exceptionalism,[9] and creationism,[10] alongside articles denouncing liberalism,[11] atheism,[12] homosexuality,[13] and evolution.[14] It has also gained considerable notoriety online for its rejection of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, arguing that the theory was created so that liberals could use it to justify moral relativism.[15]

    It has 40,500 articles and over one million edits as of September 2014.[16]

    Conservative Bible Project

    The site’s most well-known project to date was launched in 2008. Named the Conservative Bible Project,[17] its stated purpose is to create a “Conservative Bible”[18] by translating Biblical scripture in a way which purportedly eliminates the perceived liberal bias and outdated terminology of popular modern Bible translations.

    Notable changes in the Conservative Bible include:

    • ”Liberal” replaced by ”generous”,[19] to negate the political connotations of the former,
    • ”Wickedness” replaced by ”liberal values”,[20]
    • “Cast lots” replaced by “gambled”,[21] to ensure that the Bible is interpreted as being opposed to gambling,
    • ”Great burdens” replaced by ”burdensome regulations and transaction costs”.[22]

    The project has received large amounts of criticism from both liberal sources such as Salon,[23] and conservative sources such as WorldNetDaily.[24]

    Colbert Nation Raid

    On October 7th, 2009, Stephen Colbert mentioned the Conservative Bible Project during the Tip/Wag section of his show The Colbert Report, mocking the project’s goal of introducing “free market parables” into the Bible.



    Colbert encouraged his audience members to visit Conservapedia and to write him into the Conservative Bible in place of God. The site crashed less than five minutes after the request due to the surge of visitors, and the administrators were forced to lock down the Bible page for several days afterwards.[25]

    RationalWiki



    RationalWiki was launched in April 2007[1] as a direct response and counterpoint to Conservapedia. Although its original purpose was to monitor the activities of Conservapedia and the online presence of Andrew Schlafly,[26] it has since become an extensive encyclopedia in its own right, written in a self-described “snarky” tone.[27]

    Its articles tend to focus on refuting pseudoscience[28] and promoting knowledge of logic and logical fallacies, but it also frequently approaches politics from a leftist-liberal perspective.[29]

    It has since overtaken Conservapedia in popularity.[30][31]


    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Conservapedia

    [2]Wikipedia – Andrew Schlafly

    [3]The New York Times – Conservapedia: See Under Right

    [4]The Guardian – Rightwing website challenges ‘liberal bias’ of Wikipedia

    [5]Los Angeles Times – A conservative’s answer to Wikipedia

    [6]NPRConservapedia: Data for Birds of a Political Feather?

    [7]Conservapedia – Conservative

    [8]Conservapedia – Fundamentalism

    [9]Conservapedia – United States of America

    [10]Conservapedia – Creationism

    [11]Conservapedia – Liberal

    [12]Conservapedia – Atheism

    [13]Conservapedia – Homosexuality

    [14]Conservapedia – Evolution

    [15]Conservapedia – Theory of relativity

    [16]Conservapedia – Statistics

    [17]Conservapedia – Conservative Bible Project

    [18]Conservapedia – Conservative Bible

    [19]Conservapedia – Second Epistle to the Corinthians

    [20]Conservapedia – Jonah

    [21]Conservapedia – Bible Translation Project

    [22]Conservapedia – Luke 9-16

    [23]Salon – Actual verses from the Conservative Bible

    [24]WorldNetDaily – Now ‘Conservatives’ are Twisting Scripture

    [25]Encyclopedia Dramatica – Colbert Trolls Conservapedia Into Oblivion

    [26]RationalWiki – RationalWiki:History

    [27]RationalWiki – RationalWiki does have a sense of humor

    [28]RationalWiki – Category:Pseudoscience

    [29]RationalWiki – Political spectrum

    [30]Alexa – rationalwiki.org

    [31]Alexa – conservapedia.org


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  • 09/10/14--11:02: Destiny
  • About

    Destiny is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie, the creators of the massively successful Halo franchise, and released for Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox consoles on September 9th, 2014. The game has been described as a unique “shared-world shooter” set in an online “persistent world” that incorporate various elements of first-person shooter (FPS), massively multiplayer online (MMO) and action role-playing genres.

    Gameplay

    Bungie has described the game as a “shared-world shooter” for having combined elements from first-person shooters and massively multiplayer online games (MMOs). Players can interact with others in the persistent open world after being “matched” with the game’s on-the-fly matchmaking system. To create a character, players must initially choose a race and class, each with their own special abilities and play styles.

    History

    On September 22nd, 2009, the game Halo 3:ODST was released on Xbox 360 consoles, which contained an in-game Easter egg of a sign with a picture of Earth and the words “Destiny Awaits” (shown below).



    In November 2012, concept art and plot details for Destiny were leaked online.[3] On February 17th, 2013, Bungie released a reveal trailer for the game on YouTube, accumulating over 6.09 million views and 21,500 comments in the next two years (shown below).



    On May 23rd, the destinygame YouTube channel released a trailer for the game titled “The Law of the Jungle” (shown below, left). At E3 2013 in June, an official Destiny gameplay trailer was unveiled (shown below, right). The trailer was subsequently uploaded to the destinygame YouTube channel, where it gathered more than 7.4 million views and 9,100 comments over the next year.



    Release

    On September 4th, 2014, the official live action trailer for the game was uploaded to the destinygame YouTube channel, garnering upwards of 7.9 million views and 6,800 comments within the first week (shown below). On September 9th, Destiny was released for PlatStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles.



    Online Presence

    On December 6th, 2012, /r/DestinyTheGame[1] was launched on Reddit for discussions about the upcoming game. In the first two years, the subreddit gained over 60,300 subscribers. On February 8th, 2013, a Destiny wiki was created on Gamepedia.[7] On February 11th, a Facebook[5] page for the game was launched, which received more than 1.28 million likes in the next two years. On July 19th, another Destiny wiki was created on Wikia.[6] As of September 2014, the @DestinyTheGame[8] Twitter feed has accumulated upwards of 364,000 followers. A directory of livestreams featuring Destiny gameplay is available on Twitch.[9]

    Reception

    Within 24 hours of launch, Destiny had a user score of 6.2 out of 10 on the rating aggregation site Metacritic.[2] Additionally, the game received over $500 million in retail sales the first day of launch.[4]

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Reddit – /r/DestinyTheGame

    [2]MetaCritic – Destiny

    [3]IGNBungies Destiny Story Details Leaked

    [4]Forbes – Destiny Crosses 500 million on Day One

    [5]Facebook – Destiny

    [6]Wikia – Destinypedia

    [7]Gamepedia – Destiny

    [8]Twitter – @DestinyTheGame

    [9]Twitch – Destiny

    [10]Wikipedia – persistent world


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  • 09/10/14--11:44: DisneyBounding
  • About

    DisneyBounding is an alternative form of cosplay in which the participant dresses up as an iconic Disney character in casual contemporary fashion by assembling a color-coordinated outfit that is subtly evocative of the aforementioned character.

    Origin

    On January 27th, 2012, the Tumblr blog Disneybound[1], which features pictures of cosplayers wearing outfits which evoke a certain Disney character, normally by matching the colors of their outfit to that of the Disney character, was created by Leslie Kay. The blog also features curated outfits for would-be DisneyBound cosplayers. In an interview on DisneyGeekery[2] Kay defined DisneyBouding as:


    “A way of showing your love and appreciation of Disney through fashion.”



    Spread

    On May 18th, 2012, The Huffington Post[7] published a post titled “10 Super-Stylish Disney-Inspired Outfits From The Fashion Tumblr” which highlighted the DisneyBound blog. On May 25th, 2013, the subreddit r/disneybound[6] was created by redditor Lyssa_Ray. On May 30th, 2013, Buzzfeed[3] published a list titled “39 Stylish People Who Are Secretly Disney Characters” which featured a collection of pictures from the DisneyBound blog.

    On June 24th, 2014, YouTuber Leo Camacho[8] uploaded a video titled “The Difference Between Cosplay and Disneybound.” As of September 2014, the video has gained over 14,000 views. Also on June 24th, YouTuber imsarahsnitch[9] uploaded a video titled “HOW TO DISNEYBOUND!.” As of September 2014, the video has gained over 14,000 views.



    On June 16th, 2014, Disney’s official blog[5] published a quiz titled “Which Character Should You DisneyBound As Next?” On September 8th, MTV[4] published a list titled “These 22 People Are Secretly Dressed As Disney Characters” which featured pictures of DisneyBound cosplayers from Instagram.

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]IMDBdisneybound

    [2]DisneyGeekery – Interview: DisneyBound Explained by Leslie Kay

    [3]Buzzfeed – 39 Stylish People Who Are Secretly Disney Characters

    [4]MTVThese 22 People Are Secretly Dressed As Disney Characters

    [5]Disney – Which Character Should You DisneyBound As Next?

    [6]Reddit – disneybound

    [7]The Huffington Post – DisneyBound: 10 Super-Stylish Disney-Inspired Outfits From The Fashion Tumblr

    [8]YouTube – Leo Camacho

    [9]YouTube – imsarahsnitch


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  • 09/10/14--13:03: Books That Stayed With You
  • About

    Books That Stayed With You is a Facebook status update meme in which participants list 10 books that have remained relevant throughout their life while tagging several friends to list their own.

    Origin

    In August, Facebook users began posting a copypasta message accompanied by a custom list of 10 selected books that continued to remain pertinent or meaningful. Additionally, participants would tag 10 friends with the message to continue its circulation on the social networking site. The earliest known public update was published on August 21st.[2]

    “In your status, list 10 books that stayed with you in some way. Don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be the “right” books or great books of literature, just ones that affected you in some way. Tag 10 friends including me so I can see your list."

    Spread

    On September 4th, the Australian news site Fraser Coast Chronicle[1] published an op-ed about the status update meme, in which the author listed several of her favorite books. On September 8th, Facebook data scientists Lada Adamic and Pinkesh Patel posted a statistical analysis of the updates, revealing the top 20 books users had ranked with Harry Potter topping the list. In the coming days, several news sites published articles about Facebook’s analysis of the status updates, including The Huffington Post,[4] Gawker,[5] CS Monitor[6] and Bustle.[7]

    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 09/10/14--15:50: Sassy George Washington
  • “Sassy George Washington” is a newer and largely unknown meme that was started around the late spring and early summer of 2014. It primarily features historical paintings, where President George Washington is subject, that have been enhanced with humorous captions (often lacking grammar and punctuation and in the font “Comic Sans”).

    Although the meme’s origins are currently unclear (efforts are being made to find the original post/idea), Sassy George Washington has been seen on websites like ‘ryot.org’ and 9Gag, and on applications such as iFunny and Tumblr.


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  • 09/10/14--16:29: Tavi Gavinson
  • About

    Tavi Gevinson is an American writer, fashion blogger and actress best known for creating Rookie, an online teen magazine.

    Online History

    Tavi Gevinson created her fashion blog, StyleRookie

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Rookie Mag – Rookie Mag

    [2]The Daily Mail – Move over Geldof girls: Meet Tavi, 13, the ‘tiny’ blogger with the fashion industry at her feet

    [3]The Daily Mail – StyleRookie


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  • 09/11/14--04:03: Brain Hucks
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  • 09/11/14--05:52: method actor
  • Joke about method acting featuring Christian Bale as Batman


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  • 09/05/14--22:21: Shorter X
  • About

    The term Shorter X is mostly being mentioned within the online literature communities and blogs. It refeers to the practice of substituting a short snarky summary for a lengthy and (in the opinion of the user) pretentious or intellectually dishonest piece of writing. In short, it is the online literature practice of the related meme tl;dr

    Origin

    It was originated by Daniel Davies[1] and the original target was Steven den Beste, a blogger notably for lengthy posts in support of war with Iraq.

    Spread

    References

    [1]BlogDanielDavies – Related Article

    [2]EschantonBlog – Shorter Tom Friedman

    [3]SadlyNo – Related Archive

    [4]CrookedTimber – Shorter Eugene Volokh

    [5]CorrenteWire – Shorter R E H I

    [6]Nielsenhayden – Archieve

    [7]SadlyNo – Related Archive

    [8]Lewrockwell – Shorter Obama War Speech


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  • 09/11/14--11:02: People of Walmart
  • About

    People of Walmart is a single topic blog which features images of strangely dressed people shopping at the American discount store Walmart.

    Origin

    People of Walmart[1] was created in August of 2009, as a site to host pictures of people dressed or acting in a bizarre way at Walmart. The site’s about page explains:

    “We personally have nothing against Walmart. We, along with most of America, shop at Walmart for nearly everything we need. This site is simply a satirical social commentary of the extraordinary sights found at America’s favorite store.”


    The site invites reader submissions.

    Spread

    On August 10th, 2011, YouTuber 2MrSoccerblues2000[3] uploaded a compilation of pictures from the People of Walmart site titled “NEWEST People Of Walmart Photos.” As of September 2014, the video has gained over 11.5 million views.



    On February 13th, 2012, YouTuber midwestcountryguy[2] uploaded a compilation of pictures from the People of Walmart site titled “People Of Walmart (Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO).” As of September 2014, the video has gained over 19.2 million views.



    On February 23rd, 2013, Complex[4] published a post titled “The 30 Funniest ‘People of Walmart’ Photos.” On April 16th, 2014, published a post titled “Friends Don’t Let Friends Go To Walmart Like This.”

    Social Media Presence

    As of September 2014, People of Walmart’s Facebook page[5] has gained over 1.2 million likes and its Twitter account[6] has gained over 40,000 followers.

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest



    External References


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    Overview

    Columbian Chemicals Plant Explosion Hoax refers to a rumor that Birla Carbon’s Columbian Chemicals plant located in Centerville, Louisiana had suffered an explosion on September 11th, 2014. The rumor began when citizens of a neighboring town was sent a text alert, then spread online.

    Background

    On September 11th, 2014, citizens in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana,[4] located near Centerville, Louisana, the location of Birla Carbon’s Columbian Chemicals Plant, received a text message warning them the plant has suffered an explosion.

    Also on September 11th, at 8:01 AM PST, Twitter user digrinzburg[2] introduced the hashtag #ColumbianChemicals without explanation. In less than 24 hours the hashtag[3] was tweeted out over 31,000 times.

    Notable Developments

    Videos

    On September 11th, YouTuber Amy Foster[5] uploaded a video titled “Panic due to the explosion on on a Columbian Chemicals facility in Louisiana” which features a short video of an ambulance on the highway. The same day YouTuber Eric Wood[6] uploaded a video titled “Flash from an explosion on a Columbian Chemicals facility in Louisiana” which shows a flash in a gas station.



    Hoax Confirmation

    On September 11th, local news station KATC[1] published Birla Carbon’s Columbian Chemicals Plant’s official statement confirming the explosion was a hoax which read:

    “We have been informed by the community that a text message has been received by several individuals indicating a release of toxic gas from the Birla Carbon’s Columbian Chemicals Plant near Centerville, Louisiana. The content as stated by the text message is not true. There has been no release of such toxic gas, explosion or any other incident in our facility. We are not aware of the origin of this text message. Law enforcement authorities have been contacted and are following up on this matter.”


    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]KATCdisneybound

    [2]Twitter- digrinzburg

    [3]Topsy- #ColumbianChemicals

    [4]KATC- St. Mary Parish toxic fume warning a hoax

    [5]YouTube- Amy Foster

    [6]YouTube- Eric Wood


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  • 09/11/14--14:03: Oscar Pistorius' Trial
  • Overview

    Oscar Pistorius’ Trial is an ongoing murder trial of South African sprint runner and Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius for the fatal shooting of fashion model and his then-girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013. After months of legal proceedings and deliberation in court, Pistorious was found not guilty of premeditated murder in September 2014.

    Background

    In early morning on February 14th, 2013, Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius claimed to have shot his girlfriend after mistaking her for a home intruder while she was in the bathroom. The following day, police arrested Pistorius and charged him with murder.

    Notable Developments

    Online Reaction

    That day, Redditor kevipedia submitted a news article about the shooting to the /r/worldnews[1] subreddit, where it gained over 2,700 votes (89% upvoted) prior to being archived. In the comments section of the post, Redditor BobGeldof2nd pointed out that Steenkamp had tweeted about Valentine’s Day one day prior to her murder (shown below).[3]



    Meanwhile, Redditor Lets_Shag posted a pulled Nike ad featuring Pistorius running with the caption “I am the bullet in the chamber” to the /r/WTF[4] subreddit (shown below).



    Also on February 14th, South African comedian Trevor Noah posted the tweet “And the Oscar goes to – Jail” in reference to Steenkamp’s shooting (shown below). On February 23rd, the @OscarHardTruth[6] Twitter account was launched by Pistorius’ PR team to post updates about the murder trial.



    Bail Hearing

    On February 19th, the prosecution and defense acknowledged that Pistorius shot through his bathroom door four times with three shots hitting Steenkamp inside. The prosecution argued that the murder was premeditated, while the defense claimed Pistorius thought Steenkamp was in bed and an intruder had entered his bathroom.

    News Media Coverage

    On February 21, The Onion[5] published an article titled “Burglar Hiding in Pistorius’ Bathroom Figures Now Probably His Best Chance to Escape.” On March 11th, the United Kingdom news channel BBC3 broadcast a documentary about the shooting titled “Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened?” (shown below) That same day, TIME Magazine[7] published an article on the story titled “Pistorius and South Africa’s Culture of Violence.”



    On April 15th, 2014, the South African news site Daily Maverick[8]published an op-ed by columnist Jani Allan, who accused Pistorius of taking acting lessons for his trial. On June 16th, the American television news program 48 Hours aired an hour-long segment on the incident titled “Oscar Pistorius: Shots in the Dark.”

    Charly’s Bakery Pistorius Cookie Gaffe

    In February 2014, the South African bakery Charly’s Bakery posted a photo of cookies decorated with images of Pistorius along with joke captions related to the shooting.



    On February 25th, the bakery tweeted an apology for the cookie decorations.[10] The social media gaffe was subsequently reported on by several news sites, including Jezebel,[9]CBS News[11] and The Citizen.[12]



    Verdict

    On September 11th, 2014, Judge Masipia delivered a verdict of not guilty of premeditated murder for Pistorius but said he was “negligent,” leaving him open to a conviction for culpable homicide. The trial will reconvene on September 12th when Masipia is expected to deliver the final verdict.



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 09/12/14--05:38: Kekfats
  • About

    Kekfats (formerly Kekkats, also known as Miki ©ᵒᵒᵏᶦᵉ and Luptron) was a morbidly obese namefig on 4chan’s funposting board, [s4s]. He spammed a lot of froge a long time ago, got some GETs, got banned for inciting raids, and was Ananamoose’s campaign manager in [s4s]‘s first royal elections. Kekfats’ remained in relative obscurity until his picture was leaked online, at which point he blew up all over 4chan due to his unhealthy levels of cholesterol.

    Origin

    Kekfats was an [s4s] namefig who had been posting under the name “Kekkats” since mid 2013. When his picture was leaked online, [s4s] users were quick to criticize his unhealthy weight, blessing him with the nickname “Kekfats”. The first Kekfats thread was a huge success, lasting six days.[1]

    Spread

    Although the “Kekfats” meme was initially very popular all over the internet, it died down after a few weeks, and now mainly resides on [s4s]. Of note, a later thread[2] had the goal of making Kekfats’ portrait the first result when doing an image search on Kekkats.

    On March 16, 2014, Kekfats passed away peacefully in his sleep after a massive heart attack because his coronary artery was blocked up with cholesterol. In his final moments, he announced his retirement in a thread on 4chan. R.I.P. in peaces.[3] As expected, he posted on the force until he drew his last breath, though now any new posts with his name are imposters.

    Kekfats also went by some other names, and loved to lie that he and Miki ©ᵒᵒᵏᶦᵉ are two completely different people.[4]

    He’s a big (morbidly obese) guy.

    External References

    [1]4plebs Archive – The first Kekfats Post

    [2]4plebs Archive – Epic meme trolling Google

    [3]4plebs Archive – Kekfats’ retirement thread

    [4]Kekkats.com – “Miki and Kekkats are two completely different people.”


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    About

    Bassie en Adriaan Theme Song Challenge is a YouTube video fad in which a non-Dutch speaker attempts to sing the lyrics to the theme song from the popular 1980s Dutch children’s show Bassie en Adriaan. Due to the general difficulty of phonetically mimicking a foreign language, and further compounded by the rapid pace of the song, the challenge has spawned a series of videos showing humorous and poorly-executed renditions of the theme song.

    Origin

    The TV show Bassie en Adriaan,[1] a children’s show featuring the adventures of the titular clown and acrobat, premiered in the Netherlands in 1984. A karaoke version of the theme song was first uploaded to YouTube by YouTuber bassieadriaanchannel[2] on July 9th, 2012. As of September 2014, the video has gained over 110,000 views.



    On September 7th, 2014, YouTuber matjz[3] uploaded a video titled “Amerikaan zingt bassie en adriaan” (“American sings Bassie and Adriaan”), which features an American man[4] reading the Dutch lyrics to the Bassie en Adriaan theme song as the background instrumentals play. Within a week the video gained over 140,000 views.



    Lyrics

    Dutch Lyrics:

    Hallo vriendjes en vriendinnetjes.
    We komen er weer aan.
    Hallo vriendjes en vriendinnetjes.
    ‘t is Bassie. En Adriaan.
    English Translation:
    Hello friends and girlfriends.
    Here we come again.
    Hello friends and girlfriends.
    It’s Bassie. And Adriaan.

    Spread

    On September 9th, YouTuber MNMbe[4] uploaded a video of two radio personalities singing the song, within a week the video had gained over 5,000 views. On September 10th, YouTuber Christian Becker[5] uploaded a video of himself singing the song, within a week the video gained over 5,000 views.



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]IMDBBassie en Adriaan

    [2]YouTube – bassieadriaanchannel

    [3]YouTube – matjz

    [4]YouTube – MNMbe

    [5]YouTube – Christian Becker


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  • 09/12/14--11:57: Lacey Micallef
  • About

    Lacey Micallef is a digital artist known for her unique style of 8-bit, rainbow-colored animated GIFs featured on her Tumblr blog formerly known as “Lulinternet.”

    Online History

    On July 5th, 2010, Micallef launched the Tumblr blog Lulinternet.[1] In February 2011, Micallef began uploading her first GIFs featuring animated pixel art sprites (shown below).[3][4][5]



    On May 7th, 2011, Micallef posted a rainbow-colored animated GIF with the caption “Eternal Pizza Party,”[6] gaining more than 12,800 notes in the next four years (shown below, left). On June 17th, she featured a pixel art animation of a hot dog and Slurpee drink (shown below, right).[7] Animations of various junk food items subsequently became a recurring theme in her work. On July 12th, a page for Micallef was posted on the Tumblr staff site.[4]



    Television-Inspired Art

    In early November 2011, Micallef posted pixel art animations characters from the animated television series Adventure Time (shown below).



    In March 2012, Micallef launched a series of pixel art animations inspired by the television show Breaking Bad, featuring the antagonist Gus Fring with hot dogs flying out of his pants (shown below, left) and protagonist Walter White riding a recreational vehicle (shown below, right).



    Cartoon Hangover

    On April 1st, 2012, the YouTube channel CartoonHangover uploaded a pixel art animation by Micallef titled “Veggies vs Fat Boy,” in which several anthropomorphic plants wielding knives chase a child holding a hot dog down a sidewalk (shown below). Over the next year, the channel featured 14 additional animations by Micallef.



    News Media Coverage

    On June 12th, 2012, The Daily Dot[3] published an interview with Micallef. On May 6th, 2013, Paper Magazine published a article about Micallef’s work.

    Notable GIFs




    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]LaceyMicallef – Lacey Micallef

    [2]Paper – The GIF Giver

    [3]The Daily Dot – Behind lulinternet Lacey Micallefs junk food GIF empire

    [4]Tumblr Staff – Lacey Micallef

    [3]Lacey Micallef – A Mart X Lulinternet Collab

    [4]Lacey Micallef – snowed in again

    [5]Lacey Micallef – eat ur pizza

    [6]Lacey Micallef – eternal pizza party

    [7]Lacey Micallef – hotdog


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  • 09/12/14--13:43: Rice Bucket Challenge
  • About

    Rice Bucket Challenge is a social media charity campaign inspired by the internationally popular Ice Bucket Challenge in which the participant gifts a bowl of rice to a needy individual and shares a photograph of the random act of kindness on Facebook with a nomination for a friend to carry on the good deed. Upon its launch in late August 2014, the challenge quickly spread among Facebook users in India.

    Origin

    On August 23rd, 2014, the Facebook page Rice Bucket Challenge[2] was created, which laid out the four steps to complete the challenge and credited the idea for the challenge to Manju Latha Kalanidhi. As of September 2014, the page has gained over 63,000 likes.



    Spread

    On August 24th, 2014, Twitter user naman_bhandari[3] introduced the hashtag #ricebucketchallenge. Within a month the hashtag[4] was tweeted out 11,000 times.



    The same day Buzzfeed[5] published a post titled ““The Rice Bucket Challenge” Is India’s Brilliant Alternative To The Ice Bucket Challenge.”

    Also on August 24th, YouTuber Prasar Bharti[8] uploaded a video titled “India Rice Bucket Challenge for charity” which features the rules of the challenge and pictures from those who completed it. As of September 2014, the video has gained over 21,000 views.



    The following day the challenge was covered by several major news sites including CNN[6] and CNBC.[7]

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  • 09/12/14--14:20: Laser Background Portraits
  • About

    Laser Background Portraits are photographs in which the subject is posed in front of a background featuring criss crossed glowing lines. The background is often mocked online for its cheesy aesthetic, which was commonly used in American school yearbook photos during the 1980s.

    Origin

    During the 1980s, many public schools in the United States partnered with the photography company Lifetouch[7] to shoot yearbook portrait photographs. A popular background uses in photo shoots during this time featured a criss cross grid featuring glowing neon lines, often referred to as a “laser background.” On December 17th, 2007, the single topic blog Sexy People[6] highlighted a photograph of a teenager with long hair leaning against a step ladder in front of a laser backdrop (shown below).



    Spread

    On September 30th, 2008, blogger Lindsey Weber launched the “We Have Lasers!” Tumblr[1] blog, which highlights portrait photographs with laser backgrounds. On June 25th, 2009, Weber published an article about her blog on the Internet culture site Urlesque.[5]



    On July 13th, We Have Lasers was featured on the Internet news blog BoingBoing.[9] On March 3rd, 2010, the single topic blog Awkward Family Photos[2] highlighted a portrait of a man holding a cat in front of a laser background (shown below, left). On August 26th, BuzzFeed[3] posted a compilation of several notable examples of laser background portraits. On October 26th, 2012, user kazmataz on the crafting site Instructables[10] published a guide for making a laser background school portrait costume (shown below, right).



    On November 21st, a Lifetouch school photographer participated in an “ask me anything” post in the /r/IAmA[8] subreddit, claiming that the “eighties style” laser art background was not available in her camera system. On April 16th, 2014, BuzzFeed[4] highlighted a photograph of former Nsnyc band member Nick Lachery wielding a toy gun in front of a laser background (shown below).



    Notable Examples



    Draven Rodriguez Yearbook Photo

    On September 7th, 2014, New York-based high school student Draven Rodriguez posted a photograph of himself on Instagram[11] holding his cat in front of a laser background with a digital composite of his face in the upper right-hand corner (shown below, left). The following day, Rodriguez uploaded a second version of the photo in which a close-up of his cat’s face is shown in the upper right-hand corner (shown below, right).



    On September 10th, Rodriguez posted an online petition[13] titled “Get my Photo into the Yearbook” in order to support his submission of one of the Instagram photos for his senior portrait yearbook photo. In the first 24 hours, the petition gained over 5,100 signatures. In the coming days, the stunt was reported on by several news sites, including Jezebel,[14] The Daily Gazette,[15] UpRoxx,[16] The Daily Dot,[17] New York Daily News,[18] The Huffington Post[19] and E! Online.[20]



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    Overview

    The Mark Driscoll Controversy refers to a series of remarks and bizzare quotes made online by the megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll[1] in 2001 under the handle William Wallace II. The remarks have been recently resurfaced, gone viral on the internet and came under scrutiny by the media in the midst of controversy surrounding Driscoll.

    Background

    In 2001,[2] under the online handle William Wallace II, pastor Mark Driscoll wrote a blog post detailing his thoughts on marital relations. Among the remarks made:

    While His penis is on loan you must admit that it is sort of just hanging out there very lonely as if it needed a home, sort of like a man wondering the streets looking for a house to live in. Knowing that His penis would need a home, God created a woman to be your wife and when you marry her and look down you will notice that your wife is shaped differently than you and makes a very nice home.
    Therefore, if you are single you must remember that your penis is homeless and needs a home. But, though you may believe your hand is shaped like a home, it is not. And, though women other than your wife may look like a home, to rest there would be breaking into another man’s home. And, if you look at a man it is quite obvious that what a homeless man does not need is another man without a home.


    On April 18th, 2006, Driscoll published a book titled “Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church”,[3] which contains references to his online identity. On July 27th, 2014, blogspot member WenatcheeTheHatchet submitted a blog post investigating some of Driscoll’s earliest comments under this identity.[4] On July 29th, writer and blogger Matthew Paul Turner expanded on these revelations in a blog post[5] which was then referenced on August 1st in an article by Christianity Today.[6]

    On September 8th, feminist blogger Libby Anne submitted a blog post[2] detailing her discovery of Driscoll’s “penis homes” comments, causing the remarks to go viral on the internet.

    Notable Developments

    The resulting controversy was covered extensively by online news and opinion sites including The Independent,[7] Jezebel,[8] Huffington Post,[9] and MailOnline,[10] with many of the sites noting that Driscoll’s chain of megachurches had been struggling financially in recent times. The controversy was also taken as an opportunity to criticize many other comments that he had made in the past; on September 9th, vocativ published an article titled “Sexist, Homophobic Pastor Mark Driscoll’s Greatest Hits”, which detailed many of his controversial remarks.[13]

    The cartoonist nakedpastor satirized the remarks through two cartoons[11][12] published on September 9th (below, left) and September 10th (below, right) respectively.



    The news was met with backlash and mockery from the online community. On September 8th, redditor booyatrive submitted an article about the controversy to /r/nottheonion, where it has received over 2500 points.[14] On September 9th, the novelty Twitter account @PenisHomes[15] was created amidst critical comments and ridicule from Twitter users (example below).

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  • 09/13/14--18:29: Douchebag Hipster Kid
  • The douche hipster kid from the Fire Phone commercial. He’s the one thing that kept me from buying their product.


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