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  • 08/16/15--15:31: Transgender Transformations
  • ABOUT
    Transgender Transformations are photos and videos showing the process of changing from one sex to another, either by crossdressing or actual surgery and hormonal therapy. They are either step by step timelines or before and after pictures.

    ORIGIN
    The practice and lifestyle has been around for a very long time and displaying the earliest records of trans existence chronologically is virtually impossible but it goes as far back as ancient times and was found all over the world throughout history. Yet even so, only around 2006 did it start to get popular to show your progress and final outcome to the world.

    Mostly popular on Tumbler, Pintrist and Riddit, where it has over
    12000 followers, It also has many dedicated sites solely for this process, and showing before and after photos along with education of how it all works. There are also sites dedicated to the crossdressing and drag community with help on makeup and cloths.



    Lili Elbe

    (28 December 1882 – 13 September 1931) was a transgender woman and one of the first identifiable recipients of sex reassignment surgery. Elbe was born in Denmark as Einar Mogens Wegener and was a successful artist under that name. She also presented as Lili, sometimes spelled Lily, and publicly was introduced as Einar’s sister.

    Christine Jorgensen

    (May 30, 1926 – May 3, 1989) was an American trans woman who was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery. Jorgensen grew up in the Bronx, New York City. Shortly after graduating from high school in 1945, she was drafted into the U.S. Army for World War II. After her service she attended several schools, worked, and around this time heard about transitioning surgery. She traveled to Europe and in Copenhagen, Denmark, obtained special permission to undergo a series of operations starting in 1951.

    Laurence Michael Dillon

    Born on the 1st May 1915 in London Laura Maud Dillon, daughter of Robert Dillon of Lismullen, County Meath, was anatomically a healthy female child. A Doctor Foss agreed to give her male hormone pills, she had a mastectomy in 1942, and in 1944 she had her birth certificate amended, changing “daughter” to “son” and “Laura Maud” to “Laurence Michael”


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  • 08/16/15--16:48: Dragon Ball Super Quality
  • About

    Dragon Ball Super Quality refers to the backlash revolving around the low animation quality of the fifth episode of Dragon Ball Super.

    Origin

    Dragon Ball Super aired it 5th episode on August 9th, 2015. Following the release, many noted on the low animation quality of the fight between Goku and Beerus. That same day YouTuber Blues uploaded a video with screenshots from the fight while Blues sings the Dragon Ball Kai theme “Dragon Soul” in a very solemn tone (shown below).



    Spread

    Also on August 9th, YouTuber Chibi Reviews uploaded an angry rant video on his reaction to the fight (shown below, left). The next day on August 10th, 2015, several threads were created on 4chan’s /a/ board discussing the fight and its animation quality.[1][2][3] Several news outlets reported on the episode, such as Kotaku,[4]IGN France,[5] Design and Trend,[6] as well as several others.[7][8][9] On August 11th, YouTuber Rhymestyle uploaded his analysis of the fight and explained why he believed the animation was as bad as it was (shown below, right).



    On August 11th, 2015, YouTuber Bola de Drac C uploaded an edited version of the Dragon Ball Super opening with clips of the fight between Goku and Beerus mixed into it (shown below, left). Bola de Drac C would also upload an edited version of the Dragon Ball Super ending with cropped images of Goku’s various expressions throughout the fight scene and layered them atop other characters in the ending (shown below, right).



    Various Examples




    Search Interest

    Not Currently Available

    External References


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  • 08/16/15--18:24: Male Tears
  • Not to be confused with Manly Tears

    About

    Male Tears is a series of animated gif images featuring male characters crying and the words Male Tears displayed underneath. They are typically used by online supporters of the Feminism movement as reaction images towards male anti-feminist critics who derail discussions to men’s problems when arguing about specific gender issues.

    Origin

    The exact origin of the words “Male Tears” being tied to animated pictures of white men crying is unknown. The earliest instances come from an August 25th, 2012, French Tumblr post from FeministPicture, titled Male Tears. It showed various examples, describing the trend as “A concept to make fun of men who whine about how oppressed they are, how hard life is for them, while they still are privileged”[1]. The way the post is made suggests that the trend may have existed on Tumblr prior.

    Spread

    Beginning on November 13th, 2012, the Tumblr blog Male-Tears[2] was launched as an ironic take on Men’s Rights Activists and the noton of Misandry by curating hundred of reaction images: and gifs mocking the phrase, including “Male Tears” ones. These latters were reused in different feminist articles such as Dance WIth DIssonance[3] in relation to street harassment or Not Sorry Feminism[4] in relation to GamerGate.

    I Sip On Male Tears

    I Sip On Male Tears is a catchphrase and photograghs showing women taking a sip from a mug with the words “Male Tears” written on it. While the trend has been embraced by many women supporters of the Feminism movement as a prime example of ironic Misandry in order to ridicule the man-hating feminist stereotype, it drew criticism online for its perceived sexism against men.
    While male-tears-themed merchandise existed prior, the first photograph showing a woman sipping from a mug sporting the phrase was posted by Tumblr user Lunarynth in mid-July 2013 (shown below) before being deleted later on.

    [wip]

    I Bathe In Male Tears

    [wip]

    Various Examples

    [wip]

    Related Trend: White Tears

    [wip]

    External References

    [1]Tumblr – Male Tears (French)

    [2]Tumblr – Misandry

    [3]Wordpress – WATCHOUTLADIES: YOURSLUTTYFEETAREASKINGFOR IT

    [4]Not Sorry Feminism – Male Tears Time


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  • 08/16/15--21:11: Silent Hills


  • About

    Silent Hills is a cancelled survival horror game developed by Kojima Productions and published by Konami. A sequel to the Silent Hill franchise, the game was directed by Hideo Kojima and famed movie director guillermo del toro and was going to star Norman Reedus. The game became notable online after a playable demo titled P.T. was released on the PSN for the Sony PlayStation 4 in 2014.

    Origin

    On August 12th, 2014, a game titled P.T. (Playable Teaser) was announced during Sony’s Press Conference at Gamescom 2014 and was claimed to be developed by 7780s studio. At the same day, the game was released for free on the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 4. Upon completion of the game, it was revealed that P.T. is a playable demo for an upcoming sequel of the Silent Hill frqanchise titled Silent Hills. On August 14th, Silent Hills was officially announced during an interview with game director Hideo Kojima.


    P.T. Gameplay

    Players are give the role of an unnamed protagonist who is trapped inside a suburban home. The house is designed as a loop in which if players exits through the end of the corridor, they will brought back to the beginning of where they started. To progress the game, players must investigate the home and solve puzzles in order to complete each of the game’s loops. Each time a loop is completed, the rooms will change with new puzzles to solve. The home is also haunted by a ghost named Lisa. If players are caught by her, they will brought back to the starting point with the current loop they’re at resetting.


    Spread

    Since the announcement, Silent Hills has become the subject of discussion on various websites such as 4chan,[1] Tumblr,[2] and Gamefaqs.[3] A facebook page dedicated to Silent Hills was created which accumulated over 31.000 likes as of August, 2015.[4]

    Videos

    Since its release, P.T. has inspired a number of let’s play and reaction videos from various Youtube channels such as GameGrumps, PewDiePie, and TheFineBros.[5][6]


    Cancellation

    On April 27th, 2015, Konami announced the game’s cancellation in the following statement:

    Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles, however the embryonic Silent Hills project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman Reedus will not be continued.

    In the coming days, the cancellation was reported by a number of gaming news sites, including Gamespot,[7]IGN,[8] and Kotaku.[9] On May 5th, P.T. was removed from PSN and previous owners of the demo can no longer re-download the game.[10]

    Allison Road

    Allison Road is an upcoming fan made first-person survival horror game developed by Lilith Ltd. for the PC.[11] The game is considered to be a spiritual successor to P.T. with coverage from a number of websites including IGN,[12] Eurogamer,[13] PC Gamer,[14] and Kotaku.[15] The game is scheduled for a release date in 2016.


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  • 08/17/15--04:19: Judge Dredd

  • About

    Judge Dredd is a character from the British comic book publisher 2000AD which is owned by Rebellion Development and was created by John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra and Pat Mills. Dredd is one of the many judges, a law enforcement officer with the power to act as judge, jury and executioner, in Mega City One, one of the last cities in the dystopian North American wasteland in which the series is set. Dredd is known for his strict adhesion to the law and how by the books and serious he is, especially compared to other judges. Judge Dredd is also known for being ultra-violent to lawbreakers who resist arrest.

    History

    Comics

    In 1976 the editor of 2000AD, Pat Mills went to one of his close friends and writers, John Wagner, to come up with a new character for the magazine. Wagner took inspiration from tough cops and wanted to take the concept to its logical extreme. Wagner had already been working on an idea for 2000AD, a horror comic called Judge Dread but felt it was not suitable for the magazine and instead he took the name and adjusted to Judge Dredd at the suggestion of another editor. Wagner went the artist Carlos Ezquerra to come up with ideas for the look of the character and modelled after the films set in a dystopia, like Death Race 2000, after some co-operation the design for Dredd was created.


    Eventually in 1977 the magazine 2000AD published Judge Dredd and by the end of his first storyline “Robot Wars” Dredd quickly became the most popular character created by the company. In 1983 he was published under Eagle Comics in America, and later in Britain 1990 he got his own magazine called “Judge Dredd Megazine”. Dredd has also been published by DC comics as well as IDW.

    Films

    The character has had 2 films, Judge Dredd released in 1995 and Dredd released in 2012. The former is generally considered to be a bad film, due to it’s corniness and lack of faith to its source material, while the latter is praised highly and received mostly positive critical acclaim despite not doing very successfully at the box office.

    Fandom

    Judge Dredd has a relatively small fandom. There are a few Tumblr blocks dedicated to Judge Dredd and the Mega City One Mythos. There is over 6,800 results for Judge Dredd fanart on DeviantArt and 36 fanfiction on fanfiction.net. (August 2015).




    Related memes

    I Am The Law!

    “I am the law.” Is a iconic quote from the character. It was popularized by the films, but has also appeared in songs influenced by Judge Dredd and is associated with the character .

    Gaze into the fist of Dredd!

    Gaze into the fist of Dredd is meme based on an image from the Dark Judges storyline from 2000AD. The image is of Judge Dredd punching Judge Fear in the face, going right through to the back of his helmet shouting “Gaze into the fist of Dredd!”



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  • 08/17/15--11:49: Josh Ostrovsky / The Fat Jew
  • About

    Josh Ostrovsky, better known by his online nickname The Fat Jew, is an American comedian who rose to online fame through curation of humorous content on his Instagram and Twitter feeds. Despite his notably popular presence in the social media, Ostrovsky has been widely criticized for appropriating others jokes without attribution, including accusations of plagiarism from several stand-up comedians.

    Online History

    In June 2009, Ostrovsky launched the Twitter feed @fatjew,[1] garnering upwards of 255,000 followers within seven years. On May 17th, 2010, Ostrovsky created The FatJewish YouTube channel.[18] On October 11th, 2012, the @thefatjewish Instagram[2] feed was launched, which gathered more than 5.6 million followers over the next three years. On November 27th, 2012, The FatJewish YouTube channel uploaded a sketch video in which prostitutes perform a scene from the 1995 historical drama film Braveheart (shown below). In the first four years, the video gained over 740,000 views and 400 comments. On November 29th, Redditor purdueracer78 submitted the video to /r/videos,[3] where it gathered upwards of 3,100 votes (87% upvoted) and 300 comments prior to being archived.



    On June 23th, 2014, the New York Post[12] published an article about Ostrovsky, noting that he collects up to $2,500 for a sponsored Instagram post. In May 2015, the cover for Ostrovosky’s upcoming book Money, Pizza, Respect[17] was released, featuring Ostrovsky dressed as former AppleCEO Steve Jobs (shown below).



    Plagiarism Accusations

    On January 19th, 2011, the pop culture blog Street Carnage[7] published a post by co-founder Gavin McInnes, which referred to Ostrovsky as “the Carlos Mencia of Twitter” along with several examples of jokes that had been reposted without attribution.



    On January 27th, 2015, The Washington Post[11] published an article titled “Everyone’s stealing jokes online. Why doesn’t anyone care,” which listed Ostrovsky as an online personality known for reposting content without crediting the source. On July 30th, comedian Devon Magwood[4] tweeted a joke referencing Cecil the Lion’s death (shown below, left). The following day, Ostrovsky reposted the joke on Instagram[5] without attribution (shown below, right), where it garnered more than 194,000 likes and 15,300 comments in three weeks. On August 2nd, Magwood published an open letter[6] requesting that Ostrovsky and Instagram user @FuckJerry properly credit the people they take content from.



    On August 13th, The Hollywood Reporter[8] published an article about Ostrovsky, revealing that the comedian had recently signed with the Creative Arts Agency. On August 15th, blogger Maura Quint posted a Facebook[9] update linking to the article, which criticized Ostrovosky for making a career out of stealing other people’s jokes. The same day, comedian Patton Oswalt retweeted a screenshot of Quint’s Facebook post, followed by a series of tweets substituting the word “stealing” for “aggregating.”[15] On August 16th, the @FitJew[10] Twitter feed was launched, which retweets the original creators of jokes reposted by Ostrovosky. The same day, BuzzFeed[14] published an article titled “People Are Accusing Instagram Star TheFatJewish of Stealing Their Jokes.” On August 17th, the Internet humor blog SplitSider[13] reported that Comedy Central had canceled a project in development with Ostrovsky. The same day, The Daily Beast[16] published an article about Ostrovsky titled “The Internet Plagiarist Taking Over the World.”



    Personal Life

    Ostrovsky was born on February 14th, 1985 in New York City, New York. After being expelled from both Skidmore College and New York University, he enrolled at the State University of New York at Albany.

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  • 08/17/15--13:51: Quantified Self
  • Overview

    Quantified Self, also known as personal informatics, bio-tracking, self-hacking, or auto-analytics, is a movement which incorporates technology and data-collection into daily life, including tracking things like exercise, sleep, calories, and heart rate in an effort to better quantify health and productivity. It is related to other self-tracking movements, including life-logging and sousveillance, but is more related to health and well-being.

    History

    The data-minded have always kept track of their personal metrics via personal charts and graphs; Buckminster Fuller was known to keep detailed accountings of his day-to-day activities.[2] The first wearable computers used in bio-analytic tracking were invented in the 1970s,[3] but the term “Quantified Self” was first proposed in 2007 by two contributing editors to Wired Magazine, Gary Wolf and Kevin Kelly, who started a company called Quantified Self to serve the growing community of bio-trackers with meetups, conferences, and other social tools to assist in comparisons.[4][5]

    In a 2010 TED talk, Wolf explained that people had been using smartphones and the improvements in data processing to track every day things about their lives, including their diets and personal exercise regime. He wanted people to understand that this type of tracking could be used not only for external data collection, but also for self-knowledge.



    Online Presence

    Wolf and Kelly’s company, Quantified Self, has been widely responsible for the popularity of the term. They maintain an official web site and a Twitter account, which has 13,500 followers as of August, 2015.[1][6] There is also a subreddit for people interested in Quantified Self-type tracking, which was created in 2011 and has over 2,000 readers as of August 2015.[7] There are 21 separate Usenet groups for different geographic sectors of the Quantified Self organization, and hundreds of separate meetups on Meetup for people interested in discussing the subculture.[8][9]

    The Quantified Self movement has been widely reported on, as well, especially on blogs and in publications devoted to technology. The popular technology and lifestyle blog Lifehacker has hundreds of posts about Quantified Self-related items, including news on new styles of fitness tracking and devices.[10]

    Members of the Quantified Self community use a variety of different apps and devices for their health tracking, including Fitbit, Apple Health, MyFitnessPal, Nomie, Google Fit, Exist, and Athos.




    A variety of self-tracking apps, clockwise from top left: Nomie, Google Fit, Athos Sensor Clothing, and Exist

    Notable Developments

    Fitbit

    Fitbit, also known as the Fitbit Tracker, is a type of wearable technology used to track fitness metrics like daily step counts, heart rate, and more. Because the devices include a social network as part of their operating system, their use has grown a subculture of self-quantification and personal metric tracking.

    Fitbit was developed in 2007 in San Francisco, CA, by James Park and Eric Friedman. Their mission is “To empower and inspire you to live a healthier, more active life. We design products and experiences that fit seamlessly into your life so you can achieve your health and fitness goals, whatever they may be.”

    Apple Healthkit and Researchkit

    After the successes of Nike+ and the Fitbit, both of which are external devices that can interact with iPhones and iPods, Apple debuted the Apple HealthKit as a mandatory download with its 8th version of the Apple iOS. Working from the dominant idea that most iPhone users carry their phones with them at all times, HealthKit automatically tracked steps, stairs, and calories burned automatically, with the ability to enter more data through an app called Health. In addition, the framework included with HealthKit was easier for other apps to integrate, to take advantage of the software and hardware inside the iPhone to improve health-tracking. [11]

    Another included framework, ResearchKit, allowed the data to be used by apps that would use it not for fitness but for instead for tracking health data for the control and research of illnesses like asthma, Parkinson’s Disease, and diabetes.[12]

    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Quantified Self

    [2]PS Mag – The Secret History of Life Hacking

    [3]MIT Media Labs – Wearables Timeline

    [4]Wikipedia – Quantified Self

    [5]Quantified Self – About

    [6]Twitter – Quantified Self

    [7]Reddit – /r/quantifiedself

    [8]Google Groups – Quantified Self

    [9]Meetup – Quantified Self

    [10]Lifehacker – Quantified Self Posts

    [11]Apple Health – What’s New: Health


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  • 08/17/15--14:23: Reactionary
  • The Reactionary Meme is a cartoon image series where a character is brainwashed or given ideas by an outside party.
    The first image was developed by Revleft.com’s Anti-Fascist group for their R9K Revolutionary Front. It featured a racist disguised as Ron Paul giving racist propaganda to a reactionary who claims to not be politically brainwashed. Although only one image was produced by Revleft it soon left Revleft’s closed Anti-Fascism group and emerged onto 4chan’s /pol/ on July, 6, 2015. Overtime anti-feminist versions were created by outside parties and soon more politically driven versions were created. All versions involve an outside party giving propaganda to a reactionary who spouts out dogmatic ideas, usually for the purpose of ironic humor. The meme’s purpose is to also make fun of the reactionary’s ideas and their source.


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  • 08/17/15--16:49: River (@synodicfaerie)
  • River, or @synodicfaerie on instagram is a meme. Many pictures of him are used for meme purposes, but the following imaage is the most famous one.
    River reaction picture.
    Many people use it as a “reaction picture”. More photos of him can be found on his Instagram.


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  • 08/17/15--18:38: I LOVE BEING ME
  • my grandaughter lol


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    About

    Wei Han Xu (徐薇涵), also known as “Weiwei,” or Haitun (海豚, which means “dolphin” in Chinese) is a service worker at a McDonald’s branch in the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan who rocketed to national fame after a photograph of her went viral across the social media in late June 2015.

    Origin

    On June 27th, 2015, Taiwanese blogger RainDog[1] uploaded a photograph of Wei Han Xu to PIxnet.com, which subsequently went viral across the social media outlets in the country. McDonald’s in Taiwan has a track record when it comes to cute girls. RainDog (Wei Han Xu’s brother) has been taking photos and blogging[2] about the McDonald’s staff cosplaying in maids outfits, sailor uniforms and other outfits, which has been met with positive reception since its beginning in December 25th, 2013. Xu has worked as a part-time server at McDonald’s for five years and also works as a model and cosplayer in her free time.

    Spread

    Taiwanese bloggers were instantly smitten with Weiwei’s big, round eyes, sweet smile and doll-like beauty. A frenzy reportedly broke out on the local forums. By August 12th, RocketNews[5] published a story about the photos and other news sites[6] have picked up on it. Since her photos went viral, Weiwei’s Facebook[3] and Instagram[4] combined have over 100,000 followers. She has also appeared on several Taiwanese variety programs.

    Various Examples



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  • 08/18/15--14:09: Popeye The Sailor Man
  • Work in progress

    About

    Popeye the sailor made his comic appearance in January of 1929 and drawn by Elzie Segar. Popeye was a middle aged, rugged looking sailor with a odd way of speaking. He is mostly known for gaining fantastic powers and strength by eating his favorite food spinach, and has be in many comics and shows since his creation.

    Origin

    In 1929 Popeye was added to a group of characters in a comic series called Thimble Theater (below). The comic had been around for decade before Popeye was created. When he fist showed up he quickly became so popular, the strip was remade to Thimble Theater Starring Popeye" and then later just called "Popeye" making him the main character like we know him today.

    Popeye was a very popular comic strip and character. But as time went on, he became an even more sucesful cartoon. Popeye’s first appearance on film was in a Betty Boop cartoon called Popeye the Sailor in 1933.


    1933-Betty Boop – Popeye The Sailorby iToons

    Spead

    Popeye has impacted the world for decades. Popeye cartoons were so big that in 1937, Texas, built a official “Popeye” statue. This would be the first time in history a city built a statue in honor of a cartoon character. He has had and been in many comics an has had multiple cartoons over the years. He has even introduced new words to the English language such as Goon, Jeep, Whimpy and Dufus.


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    Overview

    The University of Alabama Sorority Recruitment Video refers to a promotional video produced by the Alpha Phi sorority to recruit pledges at the University of Alabama. After the video began circulating online in August 2015, many criticized the sorority for appearing racially homogeneous and claimed they were promoting the objectification of women.

    Background

    In early August 2015, the Alpha Phi sorority at the University of Alabama released a recruitment video featuring footage of members socializing on campus, playing football, wearing bathing suits by a pond and dancing to electronic dance music (shown below). On August 11th, the Silly Tricks YouTube channel reuploaded the video, which gained over 1.28 million views in the first week.



    On August 14th, the Alabama news site AL.com[1] published an article titled “Bama sorority video worse for women than Donald Trump,” which criticized the video for being racially homogeneous and objectifying to women, while comparing it to sexually explicit productions by Playboy and Girls Gone Wild.

    No, it’s not a slick Playboy Playmate or Girls Gone Wild video. It’s a sorority recruiting tool gaining on 500,000 views in its first week on YouTube. It’s a parade of white girls and blonde hair dye, coordinated clothing, bikinis and daisy dukes, glitter and kisses, bouncing bodies, euphoric hand-holding and hugging, gratuitous booty shots, and matching aviator sunglasses. It’s all so racially and aesthetically homogeneous and forced, so hyper-feminine, so reductive and objectifying, so Stepford Wives: College Edition. It’s all so … unempowering.

    Notable Developments

    Alpha Phi’s Response

    By August 16th, Alpha Phi deleted the video from YouTube and took down their Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr[7] pages.

    University of Alabama’s Response

    Also on August 16th, the University of Alabama administration released a statement condemning the recruitment video:

    “This video is not reflective of UA’s expectations for student organizations to be responsible digital citizens. It is important for student organizations to remember what is posted on social media makes a difference, today and tomorrow, on how they are viewed and perceived.”[3]

    Online Reaction

    On August 17th, the AL.com article was submitted to the /r/frat[2] subreddit, where the top comment described the controversy as “absurd.” The same day, Redditor LikeASharkLovesBlood posted the video to /r/videos,[6] where many of the top comments expressed confusion about why the video was controversial. Meanwhile, many mocked the video on Twitter,[10][11] noting that the majority of the women were White with blonde hair (shown below).



    Also on August 17th, the Funny or Die Vine channel uploaded an edited clip from the video featuring superimposed still images of celebrities Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and the Black Stormtrooper (shown below).



    Additionally, the @CharmOfTheSouth[9] Twitter feed posted a sarcastic tweet scolding Alpha Phi for being so “good looking” and offending “ugly girls” (shown below, left). On August 18th, Twitter user @Cliff_Sims[8] tweeted a composite photoshopped image featuring women from the Alpha Phi sorority, Donald Trump, the Confederate flag and Cecil the Lion, describing it as “the most offensive picture on the Internet” (shown below, right).



    Director’s Response

    On August 18th, The Hollywood Reporter[5] published an interview with University of Alabama student and director of the recruitment video Griffin Meyer, who revealed he was largely inspired by a recruitment video for the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at the University of Arizona.[4] In a statement published by USA Today[3] the same day, Meyer defended his video, saying “It’s kind of sad girls can’t play fake football or be in a bikini without the judgement of the entire Internet.”

    News Media Coverage

    In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the online backlash to the recruitment video, including USA Today,[3] Time,[12]ABC News,[13] US Weekly,[14] Today, [15] Jezebel[16] and The Daily Mail.[17]

    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 08/18/15--21:03: Spooky Scary Skeletons
  • About

    Spooky Scary Skeletons is the name of a children’s Halloween song written and preformed by Andrew Gold. The song has since become associated with the online skeleton culture and mixed with various other skeleton related memes like 2spooky.

    Origin

    On August 20th, 1996, musician Andre Gold released the children’s song “Spooky Scary Skeletons” on the Halloween themed album Halloween Howls. Years later on May 5th, 2010, YouTuber JimmyWilson01 uploaded a video of the 1929 Disney short film The Skeleton Dance with “Spooky Scary Skeletons” edited in to play in the background (shown below). As of August 2015 the video has over 5.3 million views.[1]



    Spread

    On October 3rd, 2012, YouTuber 47drift uploaded a video entitled “/v/ Sings – Spooky, Scary Skeletons” which had been previously recorded through a 4chan singing thread (shown below, left).[2] On October 27th, 2013 YouTuber White Void JoJo uploaded a looped clip from a “JonTron”: video in which “Spooky Scary Skeletons” briefly plays, and edited a longer version of the song onto the clip (shown below, right).[3]



    On October 31st, 2013, electronic music producer The Living Tombstone uploaded a dubstep remix of the original song (shown below, left).[4] The following year, YouTuber Nyanners uploaded a cover of the song (shown below, right).[5]



    The Living Tombstone’s remix has also been used in various other animation videos, specifically those within the Minecraft and Five Nights at Freddy’s fandoms, with the most viewed from each having over 1.8 million and 2.8 million views respectively (both shown below).[6][7]



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    About

    Salil Sawarim / Saleel al-Sawarim is a song created by the terrorist group ISIS. Online, the song has been used many times in remixes/parodies.

    Origin

    The song was created by ISIS member Abu Yasir[1]. The song’s name in English means “Clashing/Clanging Of The Swords”.

    Clashing of the swords: a nasheed of the defiant.
    The path of fighting is the path of life.
    So amidst an assault, tyranny is destroyed.
    And concealment of the voice results in the beauty of the echo.

    Clashing of the swords: a nasheed of the defiant.
    The path of fighting is the path of life.
    So amidst an assault, tyranny is destroyed.
    And concealment of the voice results in the beauty of the echo.

    By it my religion is glorified, and tyranny is laid low.
    So, oh my people, awake on the path of the brave.
    For either being alive delights leaders, or being dead vexes the enemy.

    Clashing of the swords: a nasheed of the defiant.
    The path of fighting is the path of life.
    So amidst an assault, tyranny is destroyed.
    And concealment of the voice results in the beauty of the echo.

    Clashing of the swords: a nasheed of the defiant.
    The path of fighting is the path of life.
    So amidst an assault, tyranny is destroyed.
    And concealment of the voice results in the beauty of the echo.

    So arise, brother, get up on the path of salvation,
    So we may march together, resist the aggressors,
    Raise our glory, and raise the foreheads
    That have refused to bow before any besides God.

    Clashing of the swords: a nasheed of the defiant.
    The path of fighting is the path of life.
    So amidst an assault, tyranny is destroyed.
    And concealment of the voice results in the beauty of the echo.

    Clashing of the swords: a nasheed of the defiantt.
    The path of fighting is the path of life.
    So amidst an assault, tyranny is destroyed.
    And concealment of the voice results in the beauty of the echo.

    With righteousness arise,
    The banner has called us,
    To brighten the path of destiny,
    To wage war on the enemy.
    Whosoever among us dies, in sacrifice for defence,
    Will enjoy eternity in Paradise. Mourning will depart.

    Clashing of the swords: a nasheed of the defiant.
    The path of fighting is the path of life.
    So amidst an assault, tyranny is destroyed.
    And concealment of the voice results in the beauty of the echo.

    Clashing of the swords: a nasheed of the defiant.
    The path of fighting is the path of life.
    So amidst an assault, tyranny is destroyed.
    And concealment of the voice results in the beauty of the echo.

    The first “remix” of the song was uploaded to Youtube on the 12th of June, 2014.

    Spread

    The song has been used multiple times in remixes and parodies, as well as in gaming videos online.

    On August 31st, 2014, a clip from the game “Arma 3” was uploaded, with the song being played over the footage. On December 28th, 2014, an MLG montage parody was uploaded by redditor Mtnraccoondew to the r/montageparodies sub-reddit[2], where the song was featured in the video.

    On September 14th, 2014, the first actual remix of the song was uploaded to Youtube.

    Examples

    External References


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    About

    Lauren Mayberry “Leave a Trace” Controversy is a debate in which posters of the music board of 4chan, /mu/ attacked Lauren Mayberry, lead singer of the band Chvrches, for her appearance in a music video for the band’s 2015 single “Leave a Trace.” The controversy spread to Twitter when a board poster invited Mayberry to join.

    Origin

    On August 17th, 2015 the official Chvrches Vevo uploaded a music video to the song “Leave A Trace,” the second single off their album Every Open Eye.



    On the same day, a thread on /mu/[2] was created showcasing the video. Much of the comments in the thread focused on two criticisms: firstly, that Lauren Mayberry was being sexually provocative in how she was clothed and styled in the video, and secondly, that the other Chvrches members Iain Cook and Martin Doherty were barely featured in the video, despite Mayberry’s previous claims that she was intent on not focusing on being a female figurehead for the band.[8] Before it was archived, the post received 819 replies.



    A few hours after the post went up, after it had accumulated several hundred replies, one poster tweeted a link to the thread to Mayberry. She responded by blocking the user who sent it, retweeting the link and writing: “Dear anyone who thinks misogyny isn’t real. It is and this is what it looks like.”

    Spread

    After Mayberry tweeted the thread, multiple news outlets, including the Mirror[3], Music.mic[4], Daily Records[5], The Sidney Morning Herald [6] and The Independent[7] wrote opinion articles commenting on the misogyny and abuse of the 4chan users, as well as their sexual objectification of Mayberry. The official Chvrches Twitter tweeted in support of Mayberry on the same day, along with fellow Chvrches member Martin Doherty, and Stuart Braithwaite, the lead guitarist of the post-rock band Mogwai.




    External References


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  • 08/19/15--11:42: Animu and Mango
  • About

    Animu and Mango is an intentional misuse of the words “anime” and manga". The phrase is typically used by critics of otaku culture to mock japanohiles who give attempt to give a word a Japanese pronunciation when none existed prior. The phrase is also used by western otakus who intentionally use the terms as a way of poking fun at their own community, and own selves.

    Origin

    The exact origin of the use of the phrase is unknown, but it has been postulated that the use of “mango(s)” might have originated as mistranslations around the time when otaku culture began to become more widespread in Southeast Asia. In many Southeast Asian countries, the word for “mango” translates to “mangga”, and was most likely the cause for some inital confusion which eventually in turn gave rise to an ironic use of the word both off and online.[1] At some point the term made its way over onto the western web, most likely originating on either the Something Awful forums, or 4chan’s /a/ board. On May 1st, 2005, Urban Dictionary user Area Denial posted a definition for “animu”,[2] descirbing it as:

    The word Animu is a joke used to describe both Anime and Japanophiles who attempt to give Japanese sounding pronunciations to words that were not Japanese to begin with. It is not meant to describe any specific form of Anime.

    It is my belief that the word originated on the SA forums.

    Stop watching all that animu crap.

    Spread

    On September 29th, 2007, the French animated series, Code Lyoko aired its 86th episode titled “Canine Conundrum”.[3] In the episode the character Jim tells several other younger characters that they, “watch too many stupid Japanese mangos.” The clip of Jim saying this was later uploaded to YouTube by YouTuber KeroKaminaX on October 19th, 2013 (shown below).



    On May 4th, 2014, YouTuber Baka Oppai uploaded a video titled “Animu Stew” which includes various clips from various anime series and edited with several humorous sound samples and audio tracks (shown below, left) As of August 2015, the video has over 2.2 million views. On March 29th, 2015, Let’s Player, Pewdiepie uploaded a video titled “ANIMU IN REALLIFE!” in which he attempts to edit several photos of real people into those of anime characters (shown below, right).



    At some point the image sharing site, 4chan renamed it’s /a/ board from “Anime & Manga” to “Animu & Mango”, it has since been changed back. It should be noted that the site Archive.moe, a site dedicated to archiving 4chan threads, still uses “Animu & Mango” as the heading for /a/.[4] Also the /a/ wiki’s url is “animu-mango.wikia”.[5] On Reddit, the largest anime subreddit is known as /r/animu.[6] On Tumblr there are various posts tagged under both “animu” and “animu and mango”.[7][8]

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Stack Exchange – When did people start calling “manga” as “mangos”?

    [2]Urban Dictionary – Animu

    [3]Code Lyoko Wiki – Canine Conundrum

    [4]Archive.moe – /a/

    [5]/a/ Wiki – Home

    [6]Reddit – /r/animu

    [7]Tumblr – Posts tagged under ‘Animu’

    [8]Tumblr – Posts tagged under ‘Animu and Mango’


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  • 08/19/15--18:30: Captain America: Civil Run
  • Article taken from: http://gizmodo.com/captain-america-civil-war-already-has-a-meme-1725152047

    Fans of Captain America and The Avengers franchise are awaiting Civil War with anticipation--so much so that any release of information is hotly debated and pictures are fast transformed.

    After Comicbookmovie.com posted an on-set snap of The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) seemingly racing--each other? Away from danger? To save their pal Steve Rogers, a.k.a Cap?--social media had a field day setting the heroes to run amongst well-known backdrops.

    Tumblr user meficrow: http://meficrow.tumblr.com/post/126965082178/on-your-left started with the transparent Winter Soldier and Falcon


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  • 08/19/15--21:50: 2015 Canadian Election
  • Overview

    The 2015 Canadian federal election is scheduled to occur on October 19, 2015; during which Canada will elect 338 members of parliament to the House of Commons. The three parties contesting to form government are the incumbent Conservatives under Stephen Harper, the New Democrats under Thomas Mulcair, and the Liberals under Justin Trudeau.

    Background

    On February 6, 2006, the newly merged Conservative Party of Canada was elected in a minority government, defeating the Liberal Party of Canada which had been in power since 1993. Party leader Stephen Harper replaced Paul Martin as the Prime Minister and led his party to re-election in 2008 and 2011. The 2011 election also resulted in the Liberals – under Michael Ignatieff – falling to third place for the first time in Canada’s history, losing significant ground to the New Democratic Party, who were previously an underdog in elections.

    The current Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau, was elected in April 2013. Trudeau is the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who served from 1968 to 1984 (save for 9 months). The current NDP leader, Thomas Mulcair, was elected in March 2012, replacing his deceased predecessor, Jack Layton. Polls indicate that all three parties are on roughly equal ground leading into the election.

    Notable Developments

    August 6, 2015: Maclean’s Debate

    Maclean’s, a Canadian news magazine, hosted a debate between the leaders of the major political parties.

    Early into the debate, Stephen Harper’s discussion on energy policies was interrupted by Justin Trudeau saying “Mr. Harper, nobody believes you!” A reversed, slowed GIF of Harper’s reaction to Trudeau’s attack was posted to /r/canada[1] the day after the debate, where it was renowned for its “robotic” appearance. It was reposted to the /r/reactiongifs subreddit hours later, where it accumulated a score of 6,092.[2]

    One hour into the debate[3], Justin Trudeau engaged Thomas Mulcair on his stance on Quebec sovereignty, prompting Mulcair to ask how many votes Trudeau believed would be acceptable to grant Quebec secession. While attempting to reframe the question, Trudeau was interrupted by Mulcair making remarks such as “He won’t answer,” “it’s real secret when you put it in the House of Commons,” and most notably, “what’s the number, Justin?”[4] Ultimately, Trudeau’s answer was “nine.”

    The event briefly repeated itself later during the same discussion.





    August 18, 2015: Angry Old Man

    During one of Stephen Harper’s campaign stops in Toronto, reporters were seeking information on the Prime Minister’s involvement in a 2013 scandal involving inappropriate expense claims by senator Mike Duffy. They were confronted by an older man who attempted to rebuke them, but grew increasingly hostile as they continued to ask questions, eventually yelling at them and referring to one journalist as “a lying piece of shit.”[5]



    The event received instant media coverage, and prompted the circulation of parody images and social media accounts.[6]








    On August 19, Redditor /u/stinkstick17 posted a link on /r/canada[7] to a Maclean’s article from 2014 which described an older man named Earl Cowan, a supporter of Rob Ford, causing a similar disruption at a Toronto mayoral debate, telling candidate Olivia Chow to “go back to China.”[8] The OP posted another link which suggests that Earl Cowan may be the angry man in question.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Reddit – A great gif from the debates last night / Posted 8-7-2015

    [2]Reddit – MRW I ask my new lab partner for a copy of the results she wrote down, and she says ‘What results?’ / Posted 8-7-2015

    [3]YouTube – REPLAY: Maclean’s National Leaders Debate / Posted 8-6-2015

    [4]Huffington Post – On Sherbrooke Declaration, Mulcair May Ask Trudeau To Provide His Number / Posted on 8-6-2015

    [5]CBCStephen Harper supporter hurls profanity at journalists over Duffy questions / Posted on 8-18-2015

    [6]CBCHarper supporter’s profane rant brings out all of the memes / Posted on 8-19-2015

    [7]Reddit – Harper’s ‘angry old man’ identified as Earl Cowan,this is a Macleans magazine story from 2014 that speaks of him causing a ruckus at a Doug Ford event. / Posted on 8-19-2015

    [8]Maclean’s – The world’s worst debate in one word? ‘Shumbling.’ / Posted on 9-24-2014


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  • 08/20/15--02:20: We Require More Minerals
  • About

    “We Require More Minerals” is a memorable quote from the video game Starcraft that inspired various image macros and parodies.

    Origin

    The quote comes from a character in Starcraft called the “Zerg Advisor”. It is triggered in-game by trying to construct something when you have a lack of the material known as minerals.

    Spread

    Online, one of the earliest references to the catchphrase can be found on a image macro featuring Isopods and a bag of doritos, uploaded for first time to the media sharing page Memerial in August 2010.[2] The catchphrase remained dormant until April 2012, when the webcomic The Oatmeal uploaded a strip making reference to the quote, by comparing North Korea and South Korea.[1] World of Warcraft features a small quest that features this quote as the title of it. [5]



    On October 13, 2012, youtuber j3googs uploaded a video titled “We require more minerals!”, featuring a person imitating the quote.

    Various Examples


    Search Interest

    External References

    [5]Wowhead – We Require More Minerals!


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