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  • 02/12/14--10:53: Arctic Monkeys
  • About

    Arctic Monkeys is a British indie rock band formed in 2002, consisting of members Nick O’Malley, Jamie Cook, Matt Helders, and Alex Turner.

    Early Career

    The Arctic Monkeys signed with their first label, Domino Records, in 2005.[1] Their first and second singles, “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” and “When The Sun Goes Down” both reached number one on the UK charts.



    In 2006 they were nominated for two Grammy Awards, Best Rock Instrumental Performance and Best Alternative Music Album. [5] The band has recorded a total of five albums: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006), Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007), Humbug (2009), Suck It and See (2011), and AM (2013).

    Online History

    As of February 2014, Arctic Monkeys’ Facebook Page[2] has over 4.6 million likes and their Twitter account[3] has over 800,000 followers. There are also over 6,000 fan art submissions for the band on DeviantArt[8].

    On Tumblr

    The band is very popular on Tumblr, where in one month alone there were 57,000 posts tagged Arctic Monkeys. Popular fan runs Tumblr dedicated to the band include fuckyeaharcticmonkeys[6] and arcticmonkeysus.[7] In addition to Tumblrs focusing on the Arctic Monkeys’ music there are blogs that focus on fan fiction and fan art about the band. Tumblr blog arctickanefanfiction[9] published its first fic on April 24th, 2012. Followers may submit their own fan fiction to be posted by the blog. Arcticmonkeysart[10] was created on June 10, 2012, and focuses on fan art for the band including sketches, painting and mixed media. There are also blogs dedicated only to the band’s lead singer Alex Turner, including arcticalex[11] and alexturner.[12]



    Reputation

    Popular in the UK since their first single, they performed during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Their popularity in America was cemented when they sold out a performance in New York City’s Madison Square Garden on February 8th, 2014. Their concert fell on the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, and the cover of The Beatles’ song “All My Lovin’” they performed that night was uploaded to YouTube the next day. In less than a week it gained over 100,000 views.



    Following the show Nate Auerbach, Tumblr’s music evangelist, told the newspaper The Guardian[4] that “This[the Arctic Monkeys] is bigger than Lady Gaga on Tumblr right now.” Auerbach went on to explain, “The internet is the new Ed Sullivan show,” meaning he believes American audiences are discovering Arctic Monkeys on Tumblr like Americans discovered The Beatles through TV.

    Notable Examples



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    About

    Metal Gear Solid Game Over Parodies refer to screenshots created in the style of a “Game Over” screen from the Metal Gear franchise.

    Origin

    The original Metal Gear Solid featured a number of allies that Solid Snake, the game’s protagonist, could talk to via codec. Should the player die in the game, one of the allies that Snake has contacted will futilely try to make contact with him (shown below, left), usually by a variant of “Snake? Snake!? SNAAAAAAAAAAAKE!”. The sequence is considered to be unintentionally funny due to the overacting of the vocal cast, and is also used for self-parody in the form of Easter Eggs of later titles, such as Snake’s own call to Colonel Roy Campbell in Super Smash Brothers. Brawl (shown below, right).


    Spread

    Some of the earliest parodies of the “Game Over” sequence could be found on user-generated website YTMND starting in 2004.[1] The first of these parodies, Mario Gear Solid used content from the Super Mario series, made by user toastypk. Since the site’s posting in May 17, 2004, the site has obtained over 75,000 views, over 700 votes (with a site average of 3,88/5.00), over 50 favorites, and a total of 100 comments.[2] The site gained steady popularity over time, and several variations appeared since then, such as Metal Gear Wilson, Nintendo 64 Gear Solid, Metal Gear Chocolate, Metal Gear Flintstone, and Metal Gear Doc. The search term “Metal Gear” brings over 600 results on the website.[3]

    In addition to the “Snake? Snake!? SNAAAAAAAAAAAKE!” parodies, other spoofs relating to the series’ “Game Over” sequences have risen in popularity. In Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty, the message “Fission Mailed”, a corruption of “Mission Failed”, appears twice near the climax of the game as a way to fake out the player, giving them the impression that they somehow lost in one of the game’s climactic battles. The phrase itself has gained notability as a way to call out failure between Metal Gear fans. Likewise, the prequel Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater used the term Time Paradox for nonstandard “Game Overs”, should the player do something that directly prevents later events in the series from occurring. This term is used by fans to call out plot inconsistencies and make fun of hypothetical occurrences that would apply to the concept.

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  • 02/15/14--13:02: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
  • About

    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (Scavenger, Trespasser, Adventurer, Loner, Killer, Explorer, Robber) is a series of first person shooter survival horror video games developed for PC by a now defunct Ukrainian developer GSC Game World. It is set in a alternate universe where a second explosion occurs in the area surrounding Chernobyl, creating a place called “The Zone”.

    History

    The series was originally inspired by a science fiction novel Roadside Picnic written by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky in 1971, and a loosely based film adaptation Stalker, released in 1979. Some of the games’ terminology is borrowed from them.

    The original game named Shadow of Chernobyl[2], was originally announced in November 2001 and to be released in 2003, but due to the release date being pushed back multiple times, the game was considered vaporware[1]. The game was eventually released in March 2007 under the publisher THQ, getting generally positive reception.

    Other installments in the series include: Clear Sky[3], a prequel released in August – September 2008, and Call of Pripyat[4], a sequel released in October 2009 – February 2010.



    Another sequel named S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was announced in August 2010, however it was cancelled due to the developer studio dissolving. The team who worked on the game formed a new studio called Vostok Games, and are developing a spiritual successor of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, a free-to-play MMOFPS named Survarium[10].

    Online Presence

    Due to the games’ grim atmosphere and harsh difficulty, the series has garnered a significant following within the gaming community, with a wiki site[5], a Facebook page[6], and several forums[7] dedicated to it. The series also has a presence within sites like 4chan, Reddit, and Tumblr. The series also has an active modding community, with sites such as ModDB[8] and FileFront[9] holding a large variety of game modifications: from patches and bugfixes, to additional content and game overhauls.

    The series fandom has created numerous pieces of artwork over the years and even created several short films based in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. setting.


    Related Memes

    Get Out Of Here, Stalker!

    “Get Out Of Here, Stalker!” is a phrase which comes from the original entry in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game series: Shadow of Chernobyl. It’s often used in discussions surrounding the games and game related image macros.


    Cheeki Breeki

    Cheeki Breeki is a phrase associated with stock quotes, repeated by the stalkers of the Bandit faction during the gunfights with them. It is widely used within the community in discussions and image macros.


    X Soon, Fellow Stalker

    X Soon, Fellow Stalker is a comic, featuring one stalker warning another about the upcoming blowout. When asked about when the blowout occurs, the stalker reveals a skull face and proclaims NOW. The image has been parodied several times.


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  • 02/16/14--01:04: Twitch Plays Pokemon
  • Overview

    Twitch Plays Pokemon[1] is an ongoing live-stream event hosted by the video-streaming platform Twitch.tv in which any member of the site can participate in a massively multiplayer online co-op version of Nintendo’s 1996 role-playing video game Pokémon Red by inputting various commands in chat.

    Background

    Powered by a combination of JavaScript, Python code and the Game Boy emulator VisualBoyAdvance, the massively multiplayer co-op version of Pokémon Red was launched by an anonymous Australian programmer via Twitch.tv on February 13th, 2014.[4] In the game, participants can crowd-control the movement of the main character by typing one of a series of commands (A, B, Left, Right, Up, Down, Start, and Select) in the channel’s chatroom. However, the high volume of input commands from tens of thousands of participants led to much confusion and conflict in gameplay, soon rendering the game almost unplayable. The viewer count has reached over 100,000 at its peak.

    Notable Developments

    Within three days of its release, twitch plays pokemon became a popular tag on Tumblr[2] where various image macros were created about the events taking place in the game, and a dedicated subreddit was created for the stream.[6] It became a controversial topic on 4chan when mods began deleting threads about the stream on every board, before eventually allowing threads on /vp/, the Pokémon board. Online news websites such as Kotaku,[3] Polygon,[4]CNET,[5] and The Independent,[7] published articles about the stream.

    Derivatives

    Inspired by the success of Twitch Plays Pokemon, many others on Twitch began creating similar streams. Many streams were made for different Pokémon games, such as Blue Version,[9] Crystal Version,[10] and FireRed Version.[11] A stream was made where the actions in Twitch Plays Pokemon would control a game of Tetris.[12] A stream known as RNG Plays Pokemon also had Red Version, but the character was controlled by an RNG randomly selecting buttons.[13]

    Memes and In-Jokes

    Helix Fossil

    Due to the many commands being input at once, it was common for items to be selected accidentally during battles. The second item in the player’s bag, the Helix Fossil, was selected so often that it came to be viewed as the player looking to it for guidance, and Twitch users began referring to it as a deity. Other items treated this way were the Moon Stone, Nugget, and S.S. Ticket.



    The Ledge

    Ledges are obstacles in Pokémon games which can be passed through on one side, but not on the other. At one point in the game there is a long ledge with only one unit of space to walk past it; thus, even a single person giving a “down” command would cause the player to go through the ledge, requiring the character to backtrack and go through again. Due to the large number of trolls in the stream, it took multiple hours to get past a single ledge, causing ledges to be viewed as a large obstacle by the viewers, even though they are usually minor nuisances in normal Pokémon games.



    Trees

    Trees are another type of obstacle in Pokémon games. In the first generation of Pokémon games, trees can be removed by going to the menu, selecting a Pokémon which knows the move Cut, and using Cut while facing the tree. Due to the large number of commands needed to achieve this and the lack of coordination among the Twitch users, trees became notorious for being extremely difficult to get past. One particular tree took multiple hours to remove.



    Eevee Debate

    There was a large argument in the chat about whether or not to get the Pokémon Eevee. Doing so would have been a risky move, as it would necessitate evolving it to Vaporeon in order to have a Pokémon which would learn Surf. This would require the viewers to successfully buy and use a Water Stone without wasting all the player’s money. If this failed, something would need to be deposited in the PC in order to get Lapras, another Pokémon which could learn Surf, which would risk accidentally releasing a high-level Pokémon.

    Despite the obvious downsides to doing so, the majority of users chose to get Eevee. They then failed to buy a Water Stone, accidentally buying a Fire Stone and evolving Eevee into Flareon. After going to the PC to deposit it, they accidentally released “ABBBBBBK(” (a.k.a. Abby) the Charmeleon and “JLVWNNOOOO” (a.k.a. Jay Leno) the Rattata. They also put Pidgeot, the highest-level Pokémon on the team, and the Helix Fossil into the PC (although both were later retrieved). Because the source of all this was Eevee, Eevee began to be viewed as a “false prophet” and servant of the Dome Fossil, which was viewed as Satan. A day later, Flareon was released as well.



    Team Rocket Hideout Maze

    One of the areas the player must get through is called the Team Rocket Hideout. Inside the Team Rocket Hideout is a maze which involves tiles that when stepped on propel the player in a certain direction. In order to get past this maze, one needs to maneuver through spaces that are only one tile long, and moving outside this space would cause the player to walk onto one of the tiles which would move them back to the start of the maze. Due to the 80k+ people entering commands and the 20 second lag between entering the command in chat and it being registered by the game, the maze has proven to be even more difficult than the ledge. Twitch users spent a full 24 hours attempting to clear the puzzle before the streamer implemented a voting system on which actions to take, which finally allowed them to get through the maze.



    Anarchy vs. Democracy / Start9

    After failing to clear the Team Rocket Hideout puzzle after 24 hours, the streamer implemented a voting system where it would count up all the commands entered, and after 20 seconds take the action which was entered most often. It also included a slider for “anarchy” or “democracy” which could be influenced by entering one of the words into the chat. Anarchy was the mode it was in previously (all inputs registered by the game) and democracy was the new mode (most commonly-input action in 20 seconds is carried out).

    The democracy mode was widely viewed as slowing down progress, taking away the excitement, and generally ruining the fun of the game. Because democracy mode allowed users to input several actions at once, supporters of anarchy mode began saying “start9”, which would open and close the menu 9 times. This was meant as a form of protest against democracy mode. Democracy mode was even opposed by the Twitch.tv staff: Twitch moderators began saying “start9” as well, and the official Twitch.tv Twitter account made a tweet in support of anarchy mode.[14]



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  • 02/16/14--09:43: Classic Game Room
  • [W.I.P.]



    About

    Classic Game Room is a video game reviewing show that was founded, produced, and directed by Mark Bussler that featured reviews of both classic and modern games, accessories, and even miscellaneous things like food and pinball machines. The show is known for it’s non-conventional style of reviewing, witty and lighthearted nature, and it’s focus on finding the “fun” in games. The show was originally being broadcasted on the video-sharing website Youtube, but later moved to it’s own website due to recent copyright issues with Youtube.

    Origin

    Classic game room originally started in 1999 under the name “The Game Room,” Created by Mark Bussler and Dave Crosson, and was the said to be the first video game review show on the internet. The show ran on a $50 dollar budget, which would latter lead to their cancellation on October 23, 2000 due to slow episode production and their revenue failing to cover the show’s cost. The show was later revived on February 20, 2008 under the name “Classic Game Room HD” with Mark being the only host. As of December 13, 2013, Mark left Youtube and began posting his reviews on his own site following Youtube’s content ID policy.

    Reception

    Classic Game Room has been praised numerous times for it’s range and diversity in it’s game reviews, Mark Bussler’s charismatic and witty personality, and it’s deadpan style of humor. Special praise is given to the fact that Mark “Likes to find the fun in games because not every game has the same audience,” a simple practice that is considered ignored in mainstream journalism. The fanbase has also received praised for it’s calm and collected nature, as well as it’s support for Classic Game Room, which Mark referenced in his review of Twisted Metal: Head On for the Playstation Portable, though he is often criticized for his lack of focus or tendency to change the subject, which was a major complaint in his review of the Nintendo Wii U.

    Related Subjects

    Viral Dog



    Mark’s pet dog, Stella (A.K.A. Viral Dog), is a German Shepard/Chow chow mix and is one CGR’s main mascots that made her first debut in September 21, 2007 in a video called “Stella the Wonderdog! Most Cute Puppy in the Land!” Though she occasionally makes cameo appearances in a few of CGR’s videos, she has had several videos dedicated to her, most of which include mark giving her exaggerated praise while using reverb.

    Zombies



    In his Left 4 Dead and the Last of Us reviews, he shares his theories on why zombies are popular in mainstream entertainment. In his Left 4 Dead review, he says that the reason why zombies are cool is that they have an honest nature, as opposed to humans, who he claims to be liars/fakers. He gives a more serious theory in his review of the Last of Us, where he states that “the reason we are fighting zombies is because developers and/or publishers can’t afford to alienate any one group of people or country these days.”

    Leaving Youtube



    On December 12th, 2013, Mark released a video saying that there will be changes to the Classic Game Room website, and that he will be posting his reviews on there using Dailymotion’s video sharing from now on. He has also commented that “the show will go on (despite changes to a certain website)” implying that his reason for leaving is due to youtube’s Content ID policy. Despite this, he still posts videos on youtube regularly, most of which subtly criticizes youtube’s changes to their copyright policies.

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  • 02/16/14--10:56: Incremental Games
  • About

    Incremental Games, also known as Idle Games, are browser and mobile games in which the player accumulates in-game resources by clicking or over time by letting the game run in the background.

    History

    In April 2013, French indie game developer Aniwey released the ASCII art browser game Candy Box,[1] in which the player slowly accumulates candies over time that can be used to purchase items. On June 10th, Doublespeak Games released the incremental browser game A Dark Room,[2] in which the player starts the game in a dark room before collecting enough items and resources to explore the outside world.



    On August 10th, the game Cookie Clicker was released, featuring a giant cookie that the player must click to create cookies used to buy upgrades that assist in cookie production. The original version was created by game designer Julien Thiennot in August 2013, who came up with the idea for the game while playing Aniwey’s Candy Box.



    On September 14th, the /r/incrementalgames[3] subreddit was launched, where members discuss various incremental browser and mobile games. Within the first five months, the subreddit received more than 5,000 subscribers. On November 2nd, a similar subreddit /r/idleclickinggames[4] was launched. On October 25th, the Breaking Bad-themed browser game> was created, featuring a meth cooking and distribution simulation (shown below, left). Clicking Bad[6] On January 31st, 2014, the idle game CivClicker was released, in which the player hires workers to acquire resources in a similar vein to the strategy game series Civilization[7] (shown below, right). On February 12th, The Daily Dot[5] published an article about the rise of Cookie Clicker and other incremental games.



    Other Popular Games

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Aniwey – Candy Box

    [2]Doublespeak Games – A Dark Room

    [3]Reddit – /r/incrementalgames

    [4]Reddit – /r/idleclickinggames

    [5]The Daily Dot – The most addictive new game on the Internet

    [6]Nullism – Clicking Bad

    [7]DMHolley – Civ Clicker


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  • 02/17/14--09:38: #DangerousBlackKids
  • About

    #DangerousBlackKids is a Twitter hashtag used to protest the mistrial verdict in the trial of Michael Dunn, a Florida resident who was charged with murder after fatally shooting a black teenager named Jordan Davis in November 2012.

    Origin

    On February 15th, 2014, after nearly two weeks of arguments and deliberation in the trial of Michael Dunn, the jury found him guilty[1] of three charges of attempted murder and one count of shooting into a vehicle, however, they failed to reach a verdict on the charge of first-degree murder in the death of Davis, leading Judge Russell L. Healey to declare a mistrial. On the day after the announcement of the mistrial, many took their reactions to the jury’s verdict on Twitter, including @thewayoftheid[2], who used the hashtag #DangerousBlackKids for the first time to address the mistrial verdict and implications about racial stereotypes surrounding black youths and teenagers.



    Spread

    Within 24 hours of @thewayoftheid’s tweet, the hashtag #DangerousBlackKids was used on Twitter more than 16,000 times. On February 16th, several websites reported on the hashtag campaign and compiled some of the most popular examples, including The Huffington Post,[4] Buzzfeed,[5] and Complex.[6] Also on February 16th, @TheObamaDiary[7], a Twitter account about Obamacare, tweeted the hashtag with childhood photos of President Obama and the First Lady.
    Within a day the hashtag had been used on Twitter over 16,000 times. On February 16th, several websites reported on the hashtag and compiled some of the most popular examples including The Huffington Post,[4] Buzzfeed,[5] and Complex.[6] Also on February 16th, @TheObamaDiary[7], a Twitter account about Obamacare, tweeted the hashtag with childhood photos of President Obama and the first lady.




    Notable Examples




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  • 02/17/14--11:03: Craigslist Murder Confession
  • Overview

    Craigslist Murder Confession refers to American teenager Miranda Barbour’s admission to killing at least 23 strangers over the course of six years. Barbour’s self-incriminating allegations first came to public attention during her jailhouse interview in February 2014, two months after she surrendered herself to the authorities and confessed to killing Troy LaFerrara, a 42-year-old Pennsylvania man whom she had met through the classified ad website Craigslist, in November 2013.

    Background

    On November 11th, 2013, Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton, Pennsylvania was stabbed a total of 20 times in the front seat of Selinsgrove teenager Miranda Barbour’s vehicle. On December 3rd, Barbour surrendered herself to the police and was arraigned on charges of criminal homicide, aggravated assault, possession of instruments of crime and simple assault. In her statement to the authorities, Barbour claimed to have met LaFerrara through the classifieds on the site Craigslist, where she had previously set up meetings with other men for “companionship.”[2]



    On December 6th, her husband Elytte Barbour was arrested after telling investigators he had planned to kill LaFerrara with his wife and had wrapped a cord around Barbour’s neck during the stabbing. During a prison interview on February 14th, Barbour confessted to killing many others over the past six years, claiming “when I hit 22, I stopped counting.”[11] In addition, she claimed to have joined a satanic cult while living in Alaska, where she purportedly killed people with other cult members.

    Notable Developments

    Police Investigation

    On February 16th, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) released a statement confirming that its Philadelphia division was in contact with the the Sunbury Police Department regarding Miranda Barbour and it “will offer any assistance requested in the case.”

    Online Reactions

    That same day, Redditor Orchard_Park submitted an article about the confession to the /r/news[3] subreddit, where it gained over 10,100 up votes and 1,800 comments in the first 24 hours. In the comments section of the post, many Redditors expressed skepticism for Barbour’s claims of killing 22 people, with some suspecting that her confession could be driven by her troubled mental state or an ulterior motive to seek fame.

    News Media Coverage

    On February 17th, many news sites reported on the murder confession, including CNN,[4]NPR,[5]ABC News,[6] Fox News,[7]TMZ,[8]USA Today[9] and The Daily Dot.[10] Several articles labelled Barbour a “real life Dexter,” in reference to the American television drama series Dexter which centers around a vigilante serial killer who hunts down criminals that have managed to evade imprisonment.

    Search Interest

    Not yet available.

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  • 02/17/14--11:29: MDickie
  • [W.I.P Please request work if possible]

    About

    MDickie is an Indie Self-Developing Game Maker, he is widely know for his extremely frustrating games such as Wrestling Revolution, and Wrestling MPire.

    History

    MDickie first started making games in 2000, in which his games were only but simplistic 2D games, they weren’t all that good, they were made by Mat Dickie, which in this case he was also making them by himself, but most of his games were hated for its terrible controls, his only games that were worked on hard and went to receive reboots and praises was Popscene and Sure Shot .

    After awhile, he started to make 3D Games, likewise, its actually worse, again hated for its awful controls, but one of his notable and also terrible, and controversial was The MDickie Show but after that, various remakes, and even an boxing game came that out of no where, after awhile, he make Wrestling Games, these were well known and had negativity/postivity for a reason, they were creative, as in creative, I mean things such as changing how you stand to modifying your own character with no restrictions, but then AWFUL controls came in..

    Hard Time was also notable, but truly his most popular game, as having certain videos from popular youtubers such as, MessYourself and Nerd3, but in this case, the terrible controls still apply.

    Even more reboots, pro mods from his fans, and silly games, after that he started to retire, at 2008, MDickie [Mat Dickie] started to retire, he said that after Wrestling MPire Remix 2008 had terrible reception, he stopped making games, it turned out to NOT be his last game, but he continued, his real last game was The You Testament, which probably is the most controversial game released by Mat Dickie yet…. But that was his last game.

    Controversy

    When The You Testament came out, some time later it was disliked, and negatively responed towards because of the awful controls. Most youtubes also noted out that it was violent, and this was a Bible Game.

    Wrestling MPire Remix 2008 was also hated for the same reason, terrible controls, but some people enjoy this game, but as it is, it really gaining negative responses.

    Reception

    Most kids like this guy, ONLY for his rustling games, Mat Dickie has helped various people, been involved in various little things, and has been doing interviews ever since.

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  • 02/17/14--13:46: China Smog Baby
  • The China Smog Baby meme / troll was invented by Oblivion_Butt_Banger on Twitch.TV.

    The troll is designed to lure unsuspecting twitch streamers into reading a NSFW message on stream. The format is as follows.

    “Hi from china! Love stream – question, china smog kill all china babies. How much for you to sperm in cup and mail to china wife so we have white baby with strong lung? Please thank you”


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  • 02/17/14--15:02: The Lion King
  • About

    The Lion King is a Disney animated musical film loosely based on Shakespeare’s play Hamlet and released in 1994.

    History

    The Lion King was released on June 24, 1994.[1] The film stars Jonathan Taylor Thomas as young Simba, Matthew Broderick as adult Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, and Jeremy Irons as Scar.

    Premise

    Simba is a young lion cub, and prince, eager to grow up. He spends his days playing with his best friend Nala, and is close with his father, King Mufasa. His father’s brother, Scar, wants to be King, so he hatches a plan to kill Mufusa-by luring him to the site of a stampede by putting Simba in danger. Mufasa is killed, and Scar convinces Simba he is responsible so he will flee. Scar becomes King, and Simba grows up away from the pride in the company of warthog Pumbaa and meerkat Timon. As an adult, he runs into Nala, who believed he was dead. She insists he come back to claim the throne from Scar, who has run the kingdom into the ground. At first he is too afraid, but eventially he works up the courage and returns home, where he learns he was not responsible for his father’s death. He defeats Scar and reclaims the throne.

    Reception

    Upon its release, The Lion King was a critical and commercial success. The film earned a rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes[2] and a score of 83 on MetaCritic. [3] During its original theatrical run between 1994 and 1995, the film grossed more than $987 million dollars worldwide, and when combined with the ticket sales from the 2002 IMAX and 2011 3D re-releases, The Lion King has grossed over $1.18 billion dollars worldwide, making it the highest-grossing hand-drawn film in history.

    Accolades

    It won two Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song (“Can You Feel the Love Tonight”) and three Golden Globes for Best Original Score, Best Original Song, and Best Motion Picture for Comedy or Musical. The Lion King.

    Stage Adaptation

    On November 13th, 1997, a musical adaptation of The Lion King opened on Broadway.[4] The musical was a large success and became known for its eleborate costumes. Directed by Julie Taymor the musical won the Tony Award for best musical in 1998.



    Fandom

    Though The Lion King was released nearly two decades ago it remains popular online due to the wave of online ‘90s nostalgia that began in the mid-2000s. It has also enjoyed more attention online in 2014 due to lists collecting pop culture that will be turning twenty this year.[10] As of February 2014, The Lion King’s official Facebook page has over 19.5 million likes.[5] Fanfiction.net[6] has over 2,900 submissions under The Lion King, while Deviant Art[7] has over 18,000 submissions for the film. Popular Tumblr blogs dedicated to the film include fuckyeahthelionking[8] and lionkingfreak.[9]



    Related Memes

    Everything the Light Touches

    Everything the Light Touches is a photo meme that features screen shots of a scene between Simba and Mufasa with the words the spoke in the scene slightly altered. The scene involves Mufasa and Simba looking out at their kingdom. Mufasa tells his son “Everything the light touches is our kingdom.” When Simba asks, “But what about the shadowy place?” Mufasa replies, “That’s beyond our boarders. You must never go there, Simba.” The dialogue is altered to indicate other areas of dominance and areas that are forbidden for specific groups. For example substituting “fandom” for “kingdom” and indicating the non-fandom side of Tumblr is somewhere you should never go.


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  • 02/17/14--15:04: Quinning
  • About

    #Quinning is a Twitter hashtag used to highlight photographs and stories in which various problems have been resolved through one’s sheer physical strength. The slang term is named after the U.S. Olympic bobsledder Johnny Quinn who became internet famous for busting through a door to free himself after getting locked in a bathroom at the Sochi Olympic Village in February 2014.

    Origin

    On February 8th, 2014, U.S. Olympic bobsledder and former NFL player Johnny Quinn tweeted a photograph of a heavily damaged bathroom door, which he had destroyed in order to free himself from being locked inside.




    Quinn’s “bathroom door” photo, which arrived at the height of #SochiProblems, instantly went viral on Twitter and elsewhere, garnering more than 25,000 retweets within the first few hours.

    Spread

    That same day, Quinn’s tweet was promptly picked up by the AFP[6], NBC News[2], USA Today[3], The Huffington Post[4] and Mashable[5] as part of their round-up coverage of #SochiProblems. Then on February 10th, Quinn found himself locked behind doors once again, this time, along with his teammate Nick Cunningham and bobsled director David Cripps, in an elevator in their hotel building. Quinn’s streak of bad luck was subsequently tweeted by both Cunningham[7] and Cripps, which drew even more attention to the athlete’s bathroom door incident from the night before. According to KHOU-TV, the three men were rescued shortly after tweeting the photos.




    Shortly after the elevator photo began circulating online, Twitter user @GeorgeMag[9] declared #Quinning a new trend.




    Notable Examples

    In the following days, a handful of photos illustrating overly physical approaches to everyday problem-solving surfaced on the site with the hashtag #Quinning,[10] such as opening plastic blister packs or clamshell packaging by puncturing a hole through the surface (shown below). While the build-up of its momentum on Twitter has been gradual at best, by February 16th, the hashtag had been declared “a new thing” by a number of news outlets, including BBC[11], ABC News[12] and The Economic Times,[13] providing further boost to its social media profile.







    Search Interest

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    External References


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  • 02/17/14--21:45: Octodad
  • About

    Octodad is a freeware independent video game developed by a group of students at DePaul University, many of whom would go on to form Young Horses, Inc., the developers of its sequel Octodad: Dadliest Catch. The game was developed for the Student Showcase of the 2011 Independent Games Festival

    Spread

    Hey, can somebody help me out with this entry please? I need a lot of help with the editing and whatnot – Marty McFly


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  • 02/18/14--03:26: #feedthepatrick
  • About

    #feedthepatrick is a hashtag that became very popular around januar, 2013.

    Origin

    To celebrate his 100K subscribers, a french minecraft youtuber named Aypierre made with his friend azenet a special computer on their minecraft server, that was able to display all tweets with the #feedthepatrick on a screen. Then Aypierre did a live showing this and asked the viewers to tweet #feedthepatrick to check if it was working.

    Spread

    That’s when the hashtag started growing out of control, a lot of people tweeting it, at first in the minecraft community, french and english, and then people that weren’t even playing the game. Lot of people were tweeting it without understanding, but it became one of the most popular hashtags in the world in one night.
    Some of the people tweeting it



    The original youtuber, aypierre, made a video to explain what happend (french)

    Search Interest


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    Overview

    The hashtag #12FVenezuelaPaLaCalle (or only #12F) refers to the recent manifestations against the socialist government of Venezuela led by president Nicolás Maduro. They began on February 12, 2014 and were organized by María Corina Machado and Leopoldo López, leaders of the Venezuelan opposition, along with students movements. Reasons for the protests are: alleged violation of civil rights, chronic scarcity of basic goods, and high levels of criminal violence. The inflation rate for 2013 was 56.2, the scarcity index had been near 20% throughout 2013.%

    Background
    On April 14, 2013, Nicholas Maduro won the presidential election by a margin of 1.5% of the vote separating him from the second candidate, Capriles Radonski. This election was seeded with accusations of fraud and intimidation of voters. Opposition leader Capriles refused to accept the results of the election, claiming election irregularities, despite the electoral council’s post-election audit of a random selection of 54% of votes, comparing the electronic records with the paper ballots, which showed no problems. Capriles initially called for an audit of the remaining 46% of votes, asserting that this would show that he had won the election, but later he changes his mind, adding demands for a full audit of the electoral registry. The National Electoral Council (CNE) had found no discrepancy with the initial results and confirmed Maduro’s electoral victory.

    On February 2, 2014, opposition leaders, Leopoldo López, María Corina Machado, and Antonio Ledezma called out students to a march for February 12, the National Youth Day of Venezuela.

    Bassil Da Costa´s assassination


    During the protests, an students identified as Bassil Da Costa, was shot in the head, allegedly by a policeman. Roberto Redman, the man who helps Dacosta, died three hours later, in the Chacao’s municipality.
    Someone uploaded a video showing the moment of his death:


    Media
    The media in Venezuela had a hard time covering the protests since many news reporters have had their equipment stolen, or destroyed by government forces and feel threatened. The Colombian channel NTN24 was taken off air at the public cable service, according to the Venezuelan government this was because they want to repeat the coup of 2002.


    Many social networks expressed their anger against the regime and support for students.


    Leopoldo Lopez´s arrest
    The opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez, submitted a video where he says he is going to deliver him to the authorities during a protest, on Tuesday 18th.


    Notable Examples

    Google Trends


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  • 02/18/14--10:15: Manosphere
  • About

    Manosphere is a neologism used to describe a loose network of blogs, forums and online communities on the English-speaking web that are devoted to a wide range of mens’ interests, from life philosophies and gender relations to self-improvement tips and strategies for success in life, relationships and sex. Due to its affiliation with the Men’s Rights Movement, some factions within the Manosphere have come under criticism for their antagonistic stance against feminism and perceived promotion of misogyny.

    History

    On January 1st, 2001, the MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way) blog No Ma’am[18] was created, which initially featured links to various essays and articles addressing gender differences, dating life and masculinity. On April 9th, 2007, the men’s interest blog Chateau Heartiste[11] was launched on Word Press, offering dating and relationship advice for men, as well as arguments against feminist ideals. On November 10th, 2009, the Blogspot blog The Manosphere[9] was created, marking the earliest-known use of the term “Manosphere” to describe an online network of men’s interest communities.



    On December 20th, 2010, the subreddit /r/mansformation[14] was launched for discussions related to becoming a high-status or “alpha” male. On March 10th, 2011, the men’s interest blog Private Man[10]published an article titled “Manosphere – The New Men’s Club,” which highlights the growing number of blogs and discussion forums centered around men’s issues. On August 19th, another manospheric blog The Rational Male[15] was launched. On October 16th, 2012, the men’s interest blog Return of Kings[16] was created by writer Daryush Valizadeh, featuring articles written by male bloggers about pickup artistry and the culture of masculinity.

    Related Subgroups

    Men Going Their Own Way

    Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW)[17] is a men’s separatist movement centered around the belief that society is biased against men in favor of women. Many MGTOW proponents argue that the risks for a man to get married and have children are too high in comparison to the reward due to an alleged female-biased legal system.

    PickUp Artists

    *Pickup Artists":http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/pickup-artist are men who utilizes a variety of techniques to attract and seduce women. As part of the manosphere, there are many advice blogs and discussion forums that cater to the PUA community, equipped with their own set of jargon and slang terms.

    Men’s Rights Activists

    The Men’s Rights Movement is a social and political movement which aims to combat perceived disadvantages toward men, which can be seen as a reactionary phenomenon to advancements of feminism in modern society.

    The Red Pill

    The Red Pill (TRP) is a movement within the manosphere that uses the red and blue pill[20] symbols from the 1999 science fiction film The Matrix in which the protagonist Neo leaves a simulated reality for the real world after choosing to swallow a red pill. The movement promotes an evolutionary biology and economic-inspired view of human sexual relationships, encouraging traditional forms of masculinity in which men are the dominate gender. Many TRP enthusiasts insist that women are hypergamous[5] and prefer to sleep with high-ranking (alpha) males while having relationships with low-rank (beta) males if provided with sufficient resources. On October 25th, 2012, the movement began with the creation of the /r/theredpill[2] subreddit, which features discussions related to relationships, self improvement, feminism and sexuality. On January 9th, 2013, the satirical subreddit /r/thebluepill[3] was created, which mocks posts featured on TRP and criticizes the group’s ideology. On August 18th, the /r/purplepill[4] subreddit was launched as an alternative to TRP which aims to have a more balanced view of human sexual relationships.

    Notable Figures

    Roosh V

    Roosh V is the nickname of writer Daryush Valizadeh, known for writing several ebooks on seduction founding the blog Return of Kings. On March 2nd, 2006, Roosh created the YouTube channel Roosh4, featuring vlogs containing dating and seduction techniques. On November 1st, Valizadeh launched his personal blog RooshV,[13] which features links to his ebooks, pickup artist tips and a discussion forum. On February 13th, 2014, The Daily Dot[12] published an interview with Valizadeh in which he denounced feminism’s influence on American women and claimed that eating disorders should be encouraged.



    Karen Straughan

    Karen Straughn[7] is a Canadian vlogger who posts videos criticizing feminism and promoting men’s rights. On April 29th, 2011, she launched the blog Owning Your Shit[8] with a post criticizing modern feminism. On October 21st, she created the “Girl Writes What” YouTube channel, which gathered upwards of 4.5 million video views and 53,000 subscribers in the next three years. As of February 2014, her most popular video is titled “Feminism and the Disposable Male,” which has accumulated over 830,000 views and 32,500 comments (shown below).



    Criticism

    On July 10th, 2011, YouTuber somegreybloke uploaded an animation titled “The Manosphere,” which features a man sitting in front of a computer who sarcastically mocks segments of the manosphere who assert that men are suffering from discrimination (shown below).



    On October 16th, 2013, ABC News published an article titled “Women Battle Online Anti-Women Hate From the ‘Manosphere’,” which criticized the manosphere blog for attacks on women like feminist Anita Sarkeesian. On October 19th, manosphere vlogger RamzPaul uploaded a video mocking the ABC News piece for being biased and reactionary (shown below).



    Hate Group Categorization

    In Spring 2012, the Southern Poverty Law Center[19] released an intelligence report titled “Misogyny: The Sites,” which listed several notable manosphere websites.

    The so-called “manosphere” is peopled with hundreds of websites, blogs and forums dedicated to savaging feminists in particular and women, very typically American women, in general. Although some of the sites make an attempt at civility and try to back their arguments with facts, they are almost all thick with misogynistic attacks that can be astounding for the guttural hatred they express.

    Related Memes

    Misandry

    Misandry is a term referring to hatred and prejudice against men. On the web, the word has been adopted by men’s rights activists (MRAs) and is often mocked by feminists on Reddit and Tumblr.



    Rationalization Hamster

    “Rationalization hamster” is an Internet slang term used within the manosphere as an analogy for the thought processes used by women to excuse poor decisions and bad behavior. On June 5th, 2012, Urban Dictionary[6] user rampaging teddybear of wub submitted an entry for “rationalization hamster,” which described it as “a legendary creature dwelling deep in the minds of the self-delusional, and is particularly common among young liberal women.”



    It Was My Privilege

    “It Was My Privilege” is a sarcastic expression used as the punchline in greentext stories wherein gentlemanly courtesy is misunderstood as male patronage, thus mocking the feminist concept of the male-dominated social system known as the “patriarchy."

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]ABC News – Women Battle Online Anti-Women Hate From the Manosphere

    [2]Reddit – /r/theredpill

    [3]Reddit – /r/thebluepill

    [4]Reddit – /r/purplepill

    [5]Wikipedia – hypergamy

    [6]Urban Dictionary – rationalization hamster

    [7]TV Tropes – Web Video – Girl Writes What

    [8]Owning Your Shit – My Beef With Modern Feminism

    [9]Web Cite – The Manosphere

    [10]Private Man – The Manosphere – The New Mens Club

    [11]Word Press – Chateau Heartiste

    12. The Daily Dot – The Webs Most Infamous Misogynist

    [13]RooshV – Roosh V

    [14]Reddit – /r/mansformation

    [15]The Rational Male – The Rational Male

    [16]Return of Kings – Return of Kings

    [17]MGTOWMGTOW

    [18]Blogspot – No Maam

    [19]SPLCenter – Misogyny The Sites

    [20]Wikipedia – Red pill and blue pill


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  • 02/18/14--11:57: If Only Someone Loved You
  • [Editor’s Note: This entry contains spoiler information related to Disney’s Frozen.]


    About

    “If Only Someone Loved You” is a catchphrase that refers to the massive plot twist in Disney’s Frozen. The quote has been said by one of the main character’s love interests, which revealed him to be the film’s main antagonist who was only using the love of the main character to further his own agenda. Because of the impact of the revelation, the quote has evolved into a multi-pane meme, in which lovers from different medias betray their partner with the quote.

    Origin

    In the movie Frozen, protagonist Princess Anna must stop an eternal winter that was accidentally brought down on her kingdom by an icy spell from her magical and aloof older sister Elsa the Snow Queen. One of the supporting characters of the movie was Prince Hans who played the love interest of Anna. Throughout the film, Anna (and the audience) only saw Hans as the classic “Prince Charming” archetype usually found in fairy tales and Disney films.

    Hans (left) and Anna (right) meeting each other for the first time [1].


    Later in the film, Anna was unfortunately hit by another accidental spell by Elsa when her attempt to persuade Elsa to come back to her kingdom and stop the winter went awry. The lethal spell would turn Anna into a frozen statue if she does not receive a true love’s kiss in time. Desperate, Anna turns to Hans in hope that his love could cure her of the spell. Unfortunately, her prince could not be further from her ideal vision of her true love.

    “Oh Anna, if only there was someone out there who loved you.”

    Reception

    The Frozen fandom were not happy.

     


    Judging by the two pics, everyone who saw the movie were left with a massive impact due to the revelation that defied one of the classic Disney fairy tale tropes. The impact was so powerful that mainstream media began to discuss the revelation and how it affected its audience [2][3]. However, some fans from Tumblr decided to make light of the revelation.

     


    What started as a mere joke soon became something of meme status when it became spreading like wildfire all over Tumblr after some users posted a multi-pane meme that have fictional couples filling in the roles of Hans and Anna. [4]
    ,

    Notable Examples


        
            

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Disney Wiki- Hans / Posted on 2-2-2014

    [2]The Atlantic- Frozen’s Cynical Twist on Prince Charming / Posted on 12-10-13

    [3]Jezebel- Frozen: Finally, a Disney Prince Who’s a Disingenuous Dickweed" / Posted on 12-26-13

    [4]Tumblr- if only someone loved you | Tumblr


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  • 02/18/14--14:41: Space Jam
  • About

    Space Jam is a children’s comedy movie released in 1996. The film features a mix of live action and animation, and stars basketball star Michael Jordan.

    Origin

    Space Jam was released on November 15th, 1996. The film stars Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Bill Murray and features famous Looney Toon characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.



    Premise

    In the real world, basketball star Michael Jordan has given up basketball for baseball, but finds he isn’t a talented baseball player. In the world of Looney Toons, the Toons are in danger of being taken over by a group of criminal aliens. Because the aliens seems small and unathletic, the Toons challenge them to a game of basketball for their freedom, but the aliens steal the talent of famous basketball players to become large and athletic. The Toons then kidnap Jordan and convince him to play on their team. Basketball season in the real world comes to a halt because players fear their talent will disappear as well. The game begins, and after an initial slump the Toons hold their own. Jordan strikes a deal that if the Toons win, the aliens will give back their stolen talent, and even if they loose they will kidnap him instead of the toons. The Toons begin to loose badly, and loose players to injuries, so that an alternate must be called in (Bill Murray). The Toons win, Jordan returns home and decides to return to baseball.

    Reception

    The film was not well received, earning a 35% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.`1 on IMDB. It won a Grammy award and was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly,” which he created for the movie.

    Related Memes

    Space Jam Theme Song



    Nostalgia Resorgance

    Notable Examples




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  • 02/18/14--16:19: Twitch.tv
  • About

    Twitch.tv is a live-streaming online video platform for e-sports and video game-related feeds.

    History

    On June 6th, 2011, the online video broadcasting website Justin.tv launched a public beta for the website Twitch.tv for video game-related feeds.

    EVE Online: Battle of Asakai

    Twitch Plays Pokemon

    Twitch Plays Pokemon is an ongoing live-stream event hosted by the video-streaming platform Twitch.tv in which any member of the site can participate in a massively multiplayer online co-op version of Nintendo’s 1996 role-playing video game Pokémon Red by inputting various commands in chat.

    Reception

    On June 5th, 2013, Tech Crunch[1] reported that Twitch.tv was receiving more than 35 million unique visitors per month.

    Related Memes

    FrankerZ

    FrankerZ

    Raise Your Dongers

    Raise your dongers

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 02/18/14--18:00: Bravely Default
  • About

    Bravely Default, known as Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (ブレイブリーデフォルト フライングフェアリー Bureiburī Deforuto: Furaingu Fearī?) in Japan, is a role-playing video game by Square Enix for the Nintendo 3DS, a spiritual successor to the 2010 video game Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light.[3] Originally released in Japan in 2012, the game was developed by Silicon Studio, best known for the adventure game 3D Dot Game Heroes.[4] The game’s job and battle system are similar to Final Fantasy V.[5] It features augmented reality in the gameplay.[6] On April 17, 2013, the game was announced to be released in Europe and Australia in 2013 and North America in 2014, published by Nintendo.[7] An updated version, titled Bravely Default: For the Sequel (ブレイブリーデフォルト フォーザ・シークウェル Bureiburī Deforuto: Fōza Shīkuweru?), was released in Japan on December 5, 2013. The Western versions of the game are based on the updated version.[8] A full sequel, Bravely Second, was announced in December 2013.

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