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  • 04/25/14--19:23: Shiggy Diggy
  • (MAJORWIP. HALPNEEDED.)

    About

    Shiggy Diggy or Shiggy Diggy Doo is an expression used on sites such as 4chan,Reddit,Funnyjunk, and Tumblr to express disdain at a comment, quote, or action, In the same manner as Costanza.jpg.

    Origin

    The earliest usage of “shiggy diggy” on 4chan comes from an anonymous post made on December 24th, 2011 on /tv/ expressing his Dislike for Die Hard. [1]

    According to 4chandata, [2] the phrase comes from an onomatopoeic mispronunciation of ISHYGDDT, an acronym for “I Sure Hope Hoy Guys Don’t Do This”, used on the site.

    Spread

    As of April 2014, there are countless 4chan posts with the phrase archived on Foolz.us, [3] as well as on Tumblr. [4]

    On June 26th 2012, YouTube User MrCalhoun posted a video called “Shiggy Diggy – The 2012 Sitcom” which was a fake trailer for a 4chan-based Seinfeld Parody.

    On November 20th, 2012, a definition for “Shiggy Diggy Doo” [5] was submitted to Urban Dictionary:

    Originally starting as the acronym ISHYGDDT (I sure hope you guys don’t do this) on 4chan, the acronym was later extended to ‘Shiggy Diggy Doo’. When the term first came into use, many newfags thought it was also an acronym, so it was often said as ‘I SHIGGYDIGGY’, which was implied as an acronym for ‘I sure hope I go get young dogs in good gay yelps’, which was a reference to the massive amount of furry pornography that flooded the site during that time. Even today, the phrase is in use on many mainstream internet sites such as 4chan, reddit, tumblr, digg, funnyjunk, and facepunch.

    Guy 1: Hey dude, I just bought myself a pack of ciggs. Want one?

    Guy 2:
    >Any year
    >Not smoking weed instead of pleb-tier cigarettes
    >Shiggy diggy doo

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  • 04/26/14--15:13: Baneposting (For You)
  • About

    Baneposting, also known as “For You”, is an image macro and quote meme that refers to a scene from the 2012 superhero film The Dark Knight Rises. The meme originated on 4chan and received mainstream media attention after users from the site flooded a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” interview with Tom Hardy with references to the meme.

    Origin

    The Dark Knight Rises was released in July 2012. Although the film received positive critical reception, some felt that certain scenes featured unnatural or “clunky” dialogue. Users of 4chan focused on the opening scene of the movie, in which a group of hooded men are captured by a CIA agent (Aidan Gillen). The agent takes the men aboard a plane and interrogates them by threatening to throw them out the window if they do not divulge information about the mysterious mercenary Bane (Tom Hardy). One of the hooded men is revealed as Bane himself, and after an exchange of threats, Bane’s team attacks the plane and rescues him.

    4chan users took issue with various lines of dialogue in the scene; in particular, the following:

    CIA agent:“If I pull that [mask] off, will you die?”
    Bane:“It would be extremely painful…”
    CIA agent:“You’re a big guy.”
    Bane:“…for you.”

    The editing of the scene and Hardy’s delivery of the dialogue makes it unclear whether his meaning is “I’m a big guy, compared to you” or “if you pull my mask off, it will be extremely painful, for you.” Although the issue was hotly debated among members of 4chan’s /tv/ (Television and film) board during the summer of 2012, the debate eventually died down.[3]

    Spread

    The controversy was revisited on April 23, 2014 when it was announced that Tom Hardy would be hosting an “Ask Me Anything” interview session on Reddit, in which users can ask him questions. 4chan decided to “raid” the interview and ask Hardy questions pertaining to the now-infamous scene from The Dark Knight Rises. Users were encouraged to downvote legitimate questions about the subject of the interview (Hardy’s new film Locke) and only upvote questions featuring references to the opening scene of TDKR. Hundreds of 4chan users descended on the AMA session, asking a variety of questions that contained various references to the scene, such as the phrases “big guy” and “for you” and variations of the question “Tell me about Bane, why does he wear the mask?”[1]

    Hardy initially responded to some of the questions, but Reddit’s moderators eventually intervened when they realized what was happening and shut down the thread. Of particular note, one user asked Hardy what Bane meant by “for you,” and Hardy replied that "It was written meaning it would be painful for you, but I intoned it meaning “I’m a big guy for you.”"[2] Many users on 4chan, and even some media sources, joked that they had “crashed the thread, with no survivors,” as a reference to Bane’s threat in the scene.[3]

    In the wake of the Hardy AMA, “Baneposting” rapidly spread throughout 4chan’s /tv/ board. By April 26, a huge number of submissions involved some reference to the meme. Many of the lines from the movie’s opening scene are referenced as part of the meme:

    • “Dr. Pavel, I’m CIA.” Aidan Gillen’s otherwise unnamed CIA agent introduces himself in this manner, leading to 4chan users simply calling him “CIA,” as if this were his name.
    • “The masked man.” One of Bane’s undercover henchmen says “masked” with an accent, causing some users to suggest he is saying “mask-eta” or “mosquito” and subsequently refer to Bane as “the mosquito man.”
    • “Bane?” The CIA agent’s response to the above line. Gillan delivers the line in an odd manner that makes him sound accusatory or angry rather than inquisitive.
    • “If I pull that off, will you die?” “It would be extremely painful.” “You’re a big guy.” “For you.” Described above. In many cases, a user will respond with “for you” in a context where it does not make sense.
    • “Was getting caught part of your plan?” and “What’s the next step of your master plan?” From the CIA agent’s interrogation of Bane.
    • “Crashing this plane…with no survivors!” Bane’s response to the above line. This line received particular criticism, as Hardy initially delivered it in a more menacing tone in the December 2011 IMAX preview of the scene. For unclear reasons, all of Hardy’s dialogue was redubbed for the final film, giving him a different accent and tone.
    • “Somebody get this hothead outta here!” A line from a different character in an unrelated scene, that is typically used as a response to someone criticizing the Baneposting meme. The line was also used repeatedly during the Reddit AMA when moderators tried to retake control of the thread.

    Additionally, on April 20, Aidan Gillen’s Game of Thrones character, Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, returned to the series after a lengthy absence. This coincidental timing led to many /tv/ users crossing over the Baneposting meme with Game of Thrones. The Baneposting meme, like many rapidly growing memes on 4chan, has been criticized by users who feel it is detracting from discussion on /tv/ and other boards.

    Notable Examples


    External References

    [1]Reddit – Tom Hardy “Ask Me Anything” session / 4-23-2014

    [2]Yahoo Movies Canda – The 7 Bane-iest responses from Tom Hardy’s Reddit AMA / 4-24-2014

    [3]The Daily Dot – 4chan hilariously derailed Tom Hardy’s AMA, and here’s why / 4-24-2014


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  • 04/26/14--15:49: Lose/Lose
  • About

    Lose/Lose is a game created by Zach
    Gage in 2009 that involves a player in a ship going towards a swarm of alien ships, and your claimed objective is to kill said aliens. They do not shoot at you, though they do come close to you and try to smash into your ship. If they touch you they die, along with you (similar to a kamikaze).

    History

    What makes this game different than most is that the game is known to be malware. Anyone who downloads the game is specifically warned not to download the game, for the alien ships represent random files on the player’s computer. For every alien killed, one file selected at random is deleted from the computer. The types of files that can be prone to deletion by playing this game can range from html, jpg, mov, avi, users themselves, zip nef, txt, and other types of files of the sort.

    The warning on the website clearly states that playing the game is harmful to your computer. The message is:
    KILLINGALIENS IN LOSE/LOSEWILLDELETEFILES ON YOURHARDDRIVEPERMANANTLY

    Losing in the game will delete the application itself, as it is a download onto your computer.
    This is the safest option if tempted to play the game, for no files (other than the Lose/Lose download itself) will be deleted from the computer.

    Over 200 players have had files deleted from their computer by the game, most notable on the site itself is arvernus with 412 aliens slaughtered, with the highest score in one game.

    An interview with Zach Gage and Intego explained that Gage actually made the game as part as an Australian digital art Clearly shows that United-States born Zach Gage is, in fact, a part of this), and Lose/Lose is meant to be taken as a philosophical manner.

    Interview

    “I would even argue that Lose/Lose does good and not harm, as it’s part of a project bringing this kind of matter to our attention. Part of it is about examining this flaw in our reasoning. We are so afraid of technology that we can become enraged just at the idea of a dangerous piece of software, even when that software is no more dangerous than dragging your files to the trash and deleting them yourself. In a world where so much of our lives are online, shouldn’t we have passed this fear by now? If we haven’t perhaps theres a greater danger to continuing to move forward into this technological future than we’ve come to terms with. When files on your computer are more important physical possessions, the rules of the game change. Imagine if someone could remotely delete furniture from your house, food from your fridge, or work from your desk? Wouldn’t you want to know even the basics of how that system worked before you integrated it so heavily into your life?”

    Warning

    The game is malware (as identified by http://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/loselose-is-it-a-game-is-it-malware-its-both/) , and WILL harm your computer. The files deleted can even delete Internet Files, the Help File (In case you ever need any help), games and applications that were previously paid for, and the Recycle Bin as well. So if any one of those important files are gone, you can be at risk for having previously paid for games needed to be repaid if desired to be played again, no help from your computer with issues small enough to be solved with the help document, the inability to delete anything, the inability to navigate the Internet, two of the above, three of the above, or all of the above. It is specifically warned by anyone who cannot read or does not have English as their native language to avoid at all costs.

    Articles

    Articles for this game consist of:
    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/94917-Lose-Lose-The-Game-That-Deletes-Your-Files
    http://venturebeat.com/2009/10/26/loselose-the-scariest-game-youll-play-for-3-seconds/
    http://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/loselose-is-it-a-game-is-it-malware-its-both/
    http://www.creativeapplications.net/games/loselose-mac-games-openframeworks/
    http://www.joystiq.com/2009/09/30/lose-lose-game-deletes-files-as-you-play/

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  • 04/27/14--09:08: katiethesinger123
  • About

    The YouTuber “katiethesinger123” was a channel created by a 12-year old girl in 2010. It was created due to the fact that apparently “some idiot” had hacked and vandalized her account. She uploaded several videos of her covering quite popular songs. Due to the fact she was recording with a webcam whilst lying on a bed with her laptop on her belly, she has been hated, called fat and ugly by many internet trolls and commenters.

    Origin

    As explained above, she had her previous account “katiethesinger1223” hacked along with “katiethesingr” and “katiethesinger12231”. Yet, she never learned and created a new. Due to the fact this wasn’t hacked or taken down very quickly, it gained the most infamy out of the others. Her videos were criticized and she was called “talentless”, “overweight” and “ugly” by many. Also, remixes were created shortly after her new videos’ releases.

    WIP

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    MAJORWIP

    Examples

    EXTREMELYMAJORWIP


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    Overview

    The Donald Sterling Racism Controversy was a controversy in which Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling made a racist remark to his girlfriend that said he didn’t want blacks in his game, which was eventually recorded by someone and leaked to the celebrity news site TMZ

    Background

    Earlier this month, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling had a conversation with his girlfriend about her Instagram feed, which had photos of her with African-Americans, including the well known NBA great Earvin “Magic” Johnson, probably out of frustration and embarrassment, Sterling told his girlfriend to not bring any blacks to his game, which someone was recording and sent to TMZ

    however, in a longer recording, it was reported that he tells her he cannot change his cultural beliefs

    Notable Developments

    Twitter reacted greatly to the controversy, making tweets against Sterling







    Earvin Magic Johnson soon reacted to the controversy himself on twitter, saying that he will never go to a Clippers game as long as Sterling is the owner



    Eventually, he tweeted again about Sterling, saying that his racist comments were a black eye for the NBA



    W.I.P


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    Overview

    The Atari Video Game Burial Excavation refers to the excavation of a mass burial site of unsold video game cartridges and other products in April 2014, originally undertaken by American video game and home computer company Atari.[11] The excavation itself gained wide attention due to the recovery of thousands of copies of the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial video game,[1] a game released a year prior to the burial which is often regarded as one of the worst videogames in existance.

    Background

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial[1] is a 1982 adventure video game based on the film of the same name and developed for the Atari 2600 video game console. The development of the game began in July 1982 and was completed before the end of the year, following the commercial success of the film in June 1982.



    Anticipation for E.T. was high in 1982 and the game eventually sold 1.5 million units, becoming one of the best-selling Atari 2600 titles. However, between 2.5 and 3.5 million cartridges went unsold and about 3.5 million of the 4 million produced were sent back to Atari as unsold inventory or customer returns, the latter which went alongside the large amount of negative reception for the game which would later evolve into the game being regarded as one of the worst games in existance.

    Atari Video Game Burial

    The Atari video game burial[2] was a mass burial of unsold video game cartridges and other products in a New Mexico landfill site, undertaken by American video game and home computer company Atari in 1983, following the company’s financial difficulty and several problem titles it released. The burial has long been regarded as an urban legend by a minority and the event has become a cultural icon and a reminder of the North American video game crash of 1983.[12]

    Notable Developments

    Excavation

    On May 28, 2013, Fuel Industries was granted six months of access to the landfill to film a documentary about the burial and to excavate the dump site. Though the excavation was momentarily stalled, they eventually managed to get started on April 26th, 2014. Fuel Industries, Microsoft, and others worked with the New Mexico government to excavate the site to validate the contents of the landfill as a public event.



    The same day when the excavation started, the results revealed the existence of the discarded games and some hardware, affirming the original speculation on the landfill’s contents. Following the discovery of the cardridges, James Heller, the former Atari manager in charge of the original burial, revealed to the Associated Press that there were only 728,000 cartridges buried at the site.[3] Bystanders were also given the chance to play the game at the site. Many news sites and video games websites also quickly followed with articles about the discovery, such as The Guardian,[4] The Star,[5] Fox News,[6] Mashable,[7]IGN,[8] Polygon[9] and The Daily Mail.[10]



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  • 04/27/14--14:43: 2014 MV Sewol Disaster
  • Editor’s Note: This entry is still being worked on, any help would be appreciated

    Overview

    The 2014 MV Sewol Disaster was an event in which the Korean ferry MV Sewol capsized and sunk 2.7 kilometers off of Gwanmae Island on April 16th 2014, taking the lives of 187 people of the 476 people on board and leaving 115 of them missing, leaving only 174 survivors

    Background

    The ferry departed from Incheon in South Korea after a fog delay that lasted two and a half hours to the frequently traveled route of the ship that usually lasted 13.5 hours, however, the ship began to take on water on the morning of April 16th 2014, resulting in it capsizing 25.3 kilometers off of the southwest cost, officials said the cause of it was a sharp turn to the right made between 8:48 AM and 8:49 AM, conditions, however, were calm, and no rocks or reefs were reported in the area and passengers felt the ship tilting. At 8:55 AM, the ferry came in contact with the Jeju vessel traffic service and asked them to notify the coast guards that the ship was in danger and sinking

    The Captain’s Response

    The captain was in his private cabin at around the time the capsizing occurred and the third mate was at his helm, the captain reportedly returned to the bridge and tried to re-balance the ship immediately

    Aftermath

    After about two and a half hours, the ship fully sunk, leaving only 174 survivors and 115 passengers missing, reports came out that the death toll was at 187

    Notable Developments

    After the sinking happened, #PrayForSouthKorea was trending on Twitter and #PrayForSouthKoreanFerry was trending on Tumblr, the sinking also became the subject for many news channels and sites such as BBC



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  • 04/28/14--12:11: Subservient Chicken
  • Overview

    The Subservient Chicken was a viral online marketing event staged by the American fast food chain restaurant Burger King to promote its TenderCrisp chicken sandwich in 2004. As the digital component of the larger “Have It Your Way” advertising campaign, the event was centered around an interactive webcam channel where viewers could control the actions of a man dressed in a chicken costume by inputing various commands. In 2014, Burger King relaunched the campaign to promote their Chicken Big King sandwich.

    Background

    On April 8th, 2004, the Subservient Chicken[11] website was launched, featuring a video feed of a man standing in a living room above a text input field in which viewers could type commands to see the man performing a variety of actions.



    According to Wikipedia, there were over 300 commands for the original Subservient Chicken web page.


    moonwalk
    Throw Pillow
    Riverdance or Irish dance
    The “elephant”
    Bowl
    Tango
    Show teeth
    Be an airplane
    Shake your booty
    The Robot
    Lay egg
    Walk Like an Egyptian
    Yoga
    Sleep
    Rage
    Raise the roof
    Dog
    Fall
    Can I eat you?
    Squat
    Peck Ground
    Travolta
    Fight
    Roshambo
    Read a book from his bookcase.
    Have a drink of water
    Blow your nose
    Barrel roll
    Begone or go away
    Turn off the lights
    Jump rope
    Hide behind sofa
    Golf Swing
    Try to do a headstand
    Hide
    Leave
    Sit
    Watch TV
    Pick your nose & eat it
    Spin
    Do the YMCA
    Fly
    Handstand
    Hula hoop
    Cartwheel
    Push-up
    Electric Slide
    Air Guitar
    Tap Dance
    Referee
    Bowl
    Poke your eye out
    3 point stance
    Paint
    Throw a Football
    Backflip
    Turn off the lights
    Sing
    Die
    Pee on the couch
    Pee in the corner
    Pee like a dog
    Do the splits
    headbang
    Pray
    Shakespeare
    Headbutt
    March like a German Soldier
    Swim
    Kick an imaginary soccer ball.
    Jump
    Act like a dog
    Puke
    Fart
    Hug
    Cabbage Patch
    Tai Chi
    Hula
    Ballet
    Breakdance
    Make a sandwich
    Playboy
    Be a monkey
    Macarana (note spelling)
    Kiss
    Go to sleep
    Flap around
    Be a duck
    Do the silly walk


    Notable Developments

    On April 16th, 2004, the marketing news blog Clickz[1] published an article about the Subservient Chicken website, which noted it had received over 46 million visits in the first week of launch. On March 7th, 2005, the advertising news blog AdWeek[2] reported that the site reached more than 14 million unique visitors and 396 million hits. In addition, Burger King reported that TenderCrisp sales had increased an average of 9% per week during the campaign.

    2014 Relaunch

    On April 27th, 2014, the Associated Press[3] reported that Burger King was relaunching the Subservient Chicken campaign to promote the Chicken Big King triple-decker sandwich. That day, the old Subservient Chicken website was redesigned to feature a video feed of an empty room with a pop-up message informing the viewer of a “Missing Chicken Error” along with options to share the page on various social media accounts. In the coming days, several news sites reported on the relaunch, including NPR,[4] Business Insider,[6]USA Today,[7] Time,[8] Gawker,[5]ABC News[9] and UpRoxx.[10]



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  • 04/28/14--12:20: Baddie Winkle
  • About

    Baddie Winkle is an 86-year-old woman who has gained a large following on Twitter and Instagram for her youthful sense of humor and free-spirited personality.

    History

    On March 26th, Winkle’s granddaughter Kennedy[4] uploaded a Vine of her uttering the stoners’ catchphrase ‘420 blaze it’ while smoking a hand-rolled cigarette. As of April 2014, the video has gained over 6,000 likes and over 5,000 revines.



    On April 5th, 2014, Baddie Winkle created her Twitter account @baddiewinkle[2] with the tagline “stealing your man since 1928.” Her first tweet featured a selfie with the caption, “I look good when I don’t even try to look good.” In less than a month, the tweet gained over 8,000 retweets and over 6,000 favorites.




    She reached 11,000 followers on Twitter on April 9th.

    Winkle created her Instagram account[1] on April 10th, posting a selfie wearing a tie-dye T-shirt. In less than a month the picture gained over 2,000 likes.



    On April 12th, Winkle tweeted if she gained over 1,000 retweets she would sell tie-dye T-shirts featuring a photo of her wearing a tie-dye T-shirt. The tweet gained over 4,000 retweets, and she began selling the shirts for $28.50 through the Etsy shop Psychicbabe.[8]




    Reputation

    On April 22nd, Buzzfeed[3] published a post titled, “Baddie Winkle Is The Most Hardcore Grandma On The Internet,” which features a collection of some of Winkle’s best Instagram photos.



    On April 26th, she was profiled by The Frisky[5], by Jezebel[7] on April 27th and on April 28th, she was covered by Cosmopolitan.[6] As of April 28th, 2014, Winkle has gathered over 430,000 Instagram followers and over 190,000 followers on Twitter.

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    About

    The Concerned: The Half-Life and Death of Gordon Frohman, or just simply called Concerned, is a webcomic-parody of the Valve’s second installment of the Half-Life series.

    Origin

    The webcomic was created by Christopher C. Livingston in the sandbox program called Garry’s Mod and it’s centered around a citizen called Gordon Frohman, who in fact is the complete opposite of Gordon Freeman, the protagonist of the Half-Life’s main series (HL1, HL2, Ep 1, Ep 2, et al). The story starts not long before the arrival of Gordon Freeman, and after the arrival of Gordon Frohman. Frohman is obssesed with the combine and he tries to became one of their soldiers. Through the story he makes some accidents which leads, for example, to the destruction of Ravenholm. The webcomic get positive reviews by the critics[1] and it was highly praised by the community for it’s humor and story. The comic ended in November 5, one year after it’s first release. Currently it contains 206 issues, including Issue 0 and the acknowledgments.

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    External references

    [1]Gamics – Web Archives


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  • 04/28/14--14:34: Friends Don't Let Friends
  • About

    “Friends Don’t Let Friends” is a phrasal template often used to discourage unwanted or inappropriate behaviors which is inspired by the 1980s anti-drunk driving slogan “Friends don’t let friends drink and drive.”

    Origin

    In 1983, the public service announcement (PSA) organization Ad Council launched a “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk” campaign, which featured various PSA videos encouraging people to stop others from driving while under the influence of alcohol (shown below). On February 23rd, 1992, The New York Times[1] published an article titled “Friends Don’t Let Friends Write Bad Poetry,” encouraging poets to exchange drafts with friends for proofreading.



    Spread

    On February 2nd, 2000, Salon[5] published an article titled “Friends don’t let friends use AOL,” which mocked those still using AOL Internet service. On October 27th, 2004, Straight Dope Forums[6] member Shirley Ujest submitted a post titled “Friends don’t let friends wear ponchos,” criticizing poncho-style outer garments. On November 4th, 2009, Newgrounds Forums member Gorzagh submitted an image macro with the caption “Friends don’t let friends use Internet Explorer” (shown below).



    On April 5th, 2010, a Facebook[3] page titled “Friends don’t let friends vote for Tony Abbott” was launched, which features content critical of Australian prime minister Tony Abbott. In the first four years, the page gathered over 165,000 likes. On October 15th, 2011, the RocketJump YouTube channel uploaded a video directed by Freddie Wong and Bradon Laatsch, in which a player accidentally destroys a helicopter due to an inverted control system, ending with the slide “Friends don’t let friends play inverted” (shown below). In the following three years, the video garnered upwards of 4.95 million views and 15,400 comments.



    On July 22nd, 2012, Body Building Forums[9] member Based Princess submitted a photo of a man at the gym with the caption “Friends don’t let friends skip leg day” (shown below) in a post titled “The worst case of chicken legs I have ever seen." In the following two years, the thread garnered 300 replies.



    On October 11th, 2013, YouTuber MattVisual uploaded a video titled “Friends Dont Let Friends PuG,” which featured a parody PSA urging multiplayer game players to avoid attempting difficult video game tasks in random groups.



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  • 04/28/14--14:55: Make-Up Tutorials
  • About

    Make-up tutorials are YouTube videos in which the vlogger demonstrates tricks and tips on how to apply certain types of make-up.

    Origin

    One of the earliest makeup tutorial videos uploaded to YouTube was posted on November 22nd, 2006, by YouTuber Sandy Gold.[1] The video titled “Sandy’s 10 min. Flawless Face” features Gold demonstrating how to apply a quick and basic makeup look. As of April 2014, the video has over 260,000.



    Spread

    Gold’s next tutorial, which she uploaded on November 28th, gained over 4.8 million views as of April 2014. Several of the most popular makeup tutorial creators joined YouTube in 2007 including Michelle Phan[2] who uploaded her first video on May 20th, 2007.



    By 2010 Makeup tutorial channels had become so common niche makeup sites such as MakeupFiles[3] began publishing roundups of the most popular channels. On June 16th, 2011, The Daily Dot[5] profiled the phenomena of YouTube makeup tutorials in a post titled, “I feel pretty: How to get a YouTube makeover.” In 2012 more popular sites published round ups. On February 12th, 2012, Mashable[4] posted, “Top 10 YouTube Beauty Channels to Follow,” and on April 19th, 2012, the IBTimes[6] posted, “Top 10 Makeup And Hair YouTube Gurus To Help Beautify Your Life.”

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  • 04/29/14--09:47: AVbyte
  • About

    AVbyte is a YouTube channel featuring a series of short musical productions that are inspired by a wide range of popular media franchises and social media trends.

    Online History

    The AVbyte YouTube channel[1] was launched by New York film students and brothers Antonius and Vijay Nazareth on January 3rd, 2012, with the mini musical titled “MURDERING MUSICALMADNESS!! | Hot Girl Experiences Sudden Death (Scarface Style).” As of April 2014, this video has gained over 69,000 views.



    On July 27th, 2012, another popular YouTube sibling duo Vlogbrothers uploaded a musical episode titled “Tumblr: The Musical,” which was produced in collaboration with AVbyte. According to Antanius Nazareth, the collaboration became the duo’s viral breakout and brought a massive jump in subscribers for the channel. As of April 2014, the video has gained over 1.8 million views.



    On October 1st, 2012, they uploaded a video titled “Hipster Disney Princess-The Musical,” which quickly became one of their most popular videos, gaining over 14 million views as of April 2014. The video was covered by many sites including The Huffington Post[7], Mashable[8] and The Mary Sue.[9]



    In February 2013, the channel was selected to be a part of YouTube’s Next Up program[5], which provides up and coming YouTubers with support and guidance in building their channel and their audience.

    As of April 2014, the most popular AVbyte video is titled “A Musical feat. Disney Princesses,” which was uploaded on February 11th, 2014. As of April 2014, the video has gained over 20.1 million views.



    In addition to their musicals, their channel also features behind the scenes videos (below, left) that documents the production of their musicals and comments videos (below, right) in which the brothers read comments from YouTube and Twitter from their most recent musical.



    Reputation

    As of April 2014, AVbyte’s YouTube channel has over 500,000 subscribers. Its official Facebook page[2] has gained over 21,000 likes and its Twitter account[3] has over 8,000 followers.

    Personal Life

    Antonius and Vijay Nazareth were born in Verona, Italy to two classical musicians.[10]Antonius began college at 13[4], earning a bachelors degree in music from a school in Germany. He attended NYU for one semester in 2011. Vijay attended New York’s City College.

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  • 04/29/14--11:53: #WeAreAllMonkeys
  • Overview

    #WeAreAllMonkeys (#SomosTodosMacacos in Portuguese) is a hashtag campaign started by Brazilian football star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior on Instagram in protest of racist hooliganism directed toward his teammate Daniel Alves in April 2014.

    Background

    On April 27th, 2014, a season match between the Spanish football teams Barcelona FC and Villareal was held at the El Madrigal stadium in Villarreal, Spain. During the match, a supporter of Villareal tossed a banana at the feet of Barcelona’s defender Daniel Alves, which is a common racist taunt used by hooligans towards non-European football players. Despite the insulting nature of this gesture, Alves calmly proceeded to pick up the banana and eat it on the field (shown below).



    That same day, the footage of Alves’ clever response was subsequently uploaded to YouTube, gaining more than 863,000 views in the first 48 hours. Also on April 27th, Alves’ teammate Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior posted a photograph on Instagram[1] in which he is shown holding a banana with a young boy, accompanied by the hashtag #weareallmonkeys (shown below). Within 48 hours, the post gained more than 558,000 likes.



    Racist Hooliganism in Football

    In a number of European football leagues, racist hooliganism towards non-White football players has long been regarded as a serious issue, one of the most common offenses being the use of the racial slur “monkey” or similar gestures, such as tossing bananas at ethnic players and making monkey-like noises. The phenomenon has been publicly discussed as early as in September 2005, when French footballer Thierry Henry raised the issue during an interview on HBO’s Real Sports.

    Notable Developments

    On Twitter

    Immediately after posting the photo to Instagram, Neymar tweeted[2] a link to the picture which garnered more than 7,100 retweets and 4,100 favorites in 48 hours. According to the Twitter analytics site Topsy, the hashtag #weareallmonkeys was tweeted more than 97,800 times and the hashtag #NoAlRacismo (#NoToRacism in English) was tweeted upwards of 66,000 times that week.



    On Instagram

    Also on April 27th, 2014, Brazilian singer Michel Teló posted a photograph of himself holding a banana in protest of racist hooliganism on Instagram[3] (shown below, left) with the hashtag #sodostodosmacacos (#weareallmonkeys in English). On the following day, Brazilian singer Gaby Amarantos posted another banana selfie on Instagram[4] (shown below, right). By April 29th, the photos gathered upwards of 15,000 and 6,200 likes respectively. Additionally, over 110,000 photos were shared under the tag #sodostomosmacacos[5] and more than 15,000 photos were shared under the tag #weareallmonkeys.[6]



    FIFA Response

    Shortly after the viral takeoff of #WeAreAllMonkeys, FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) president Joseph S. Blatter[7] tweeted a message condemning the act of racism directed at Dani Alves as an “outrage”




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    External References

    [1]Instagram – #weareallmonkeys#

    [2]Twitter – weareallmonkeys

    [3]Instagram – michelteto#

    [4]Instagram – gabyamarantos#

    [5]Webstagram – sodostomosmacacos

    [6]Webstagram – we are all monkeys

    [7]Twitter – @SeppBlatter’s Tweet


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  • 04/29/14--12:23: Hauls
  • About

    A haul refers to a YouTube video in which a vlogger shows of a collection of items from a recent shopping trip or special occasion.

    Origin

    One of the earliest hauls uploaded to YouTube was uploaded by YouTuber Blair Fowler (juicystar07)[3] on April 9th, 2008. The video was a haul featuring MAC cosmetics, and as of April 2014 it has gained over 310,000 views.



    Spread

    On November 2nd, 2008, Yahoo Answers[1] user Larissa R posed the question “Whats a ‘haul’ on YouTube?” User xFollowYourHeart answered saying:

    “A “Haul” on Youtube is referring to when the person purchased many items while they were out shopping at stores and show what they bought and sometimes do a small review of the item."


    The first entry for haul on Urban Dictionary[2] was submitted on August 7th, 2009, by user raven L who defined it as:

    “a vlog titled “Makeup Haul” or “(Store Name) Haul” is a video showing a shopping spree in that given area, showing products or clothing that will usually be featured in future How To, or tutorial videos."


    Several of the most popular haul creators joined YouTube and uploaded their first haul video in 2009, including Bethany Mota[10], who uploaded her first haul video (below, left) on June 12th, 2009, and Missglamorazzi[11], who uploaded her first haul video (below, right) on December 29th, 2009.



    On February 26th, 2010, Marketplace[4] published an articled titled “The new YouTube sensation: Hauls,” which featured several commentators, including consumer culture writer Rob Walker, weighing in on the popularity of hauls.

    On December 14th, 2011, humor YouTube channel Slacktory[7] uploaded a haul video supercut. As of April 2014, the video has gained over 27,000 views.




    In 2013 the phenomena was covered by several sites. On December 3rd, 2013, Buzzfeed[8] published an article titled “YouTube Shopper Haul Videos Have More Combined Views Than ‘Gangnam Style’.” The article focused on the boom in haul videos following Black Friday sales. On March 14th, 2013, NPR[9] published an article titled “Showing Off Shopping Sprees, Fashion ‘Haulers’ Cash In Online.” The article focused on retailers partnering with haul creators on YouTube to promote their products.

    Parodies

    On November 19th, 2011, YouTuber sawyerhartman[5] uploaded a video titled “JUICYSPOOF07 – MACHAUL ! (A beauty guru parody),” (below, left) which specifically parodies original haul creator juicystar07. As of April 2014, the video has gained over 690,000 views. On December 26th, 2006, YouTuber lohanthony[6] uploaded a video titled “CVSHAUL (PARODY),” which pokes fun at hauls by featuring basic drugstore purchases. As of April 2014, the video has gained over 380,000 views.



    Related Memes

    51 Things in my Room

    51 Things in my Room is a YouTube video fad in which people display their collection of personal items and possessions in the style of “show-and-tell.” The videos are often edited with quick cuts for each item and accompanied by music playing in the background.

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  • 04/29/14--16:50: Not All Men Are Like That
  • [Work in progress]

    About

    “Not All Men Are Like That” (NAMALT) is an expression often used in response to generalized statements about men to emphasize individual differences.

    Origin

    The exact origin of the phrase “not all men are like that” is unclear. One of the earliest known uses of the phrase as a rebuttal was posted by several Puerto Rico[1] Forums members in response to a post titled “Why can’t men accept when its over?”

    Spread

    On March 18th, 2014, a post titled "I don’t care if ‘not all men are like that’. On March 26th, Twitter user Ann Boobus posted a tweet featuring a photoshopped comic of the Kool Aid Man with the speech bubble reading “not all men.”




    On April 28th, Time[3] published an article titled “Not All Men: A Brief History of Every Dude’s Favorite Argument,” which

    Notable Examples

    Related Term: NAWALT

    The term “not all women are like that” (NAWALT) is often used in a similar fashion to discourage generalizations about women.

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  • 04/29/14--23:11: Space
  • About

    Space, also referred to as outer space, is the region of the universe beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Since the human discovery of the Solar System in the 17th century, space has long been a subject of scientific studies, artistic representation and fascination for the general public, all of which have seen great advancements with the advent of the Internet.

    History

    NASA Science Internet

    The online history of outer space as a research discussion topic dates back to the mid-1980s with the development of the NASA Science Network (NSN) by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), one of the early applications of the Internet Protocol that connected space researchers to data and information stored anywhere in the world for the first time. In 1989, the NSN evolved into NASA Science Internet (NSI), the first multiprotocol wide area network that could provide completely integrated communications to over 20,000 scientists within the NASA scientific community.

    Mars Pathfinder (1997)

    The Mars Pathfinder was an exploration probe launched on December 4th, 1996. On July 4th, 1997, the probe landed on the planet’s Chryse Planitia region to conduct experiments on the surface. MSNBC published an article titled “Internet Users Follow Mars Missions”, which reported that NASA was struggling to cope with Internet traffic after the Pathfinder reached the surface of Mars on July 4th. The NASA Pathfinder website received several awards, including 1998 Best of the Net, Los Angeles Times 1997 Pick, Cool Site of the Day and Family Site of the Day. On July 14th, the Los Angeles Times published an article titled “Millions Visit Mars -- on the Internet”, which reported that the network of mirror sites hosting information about the probe average about 40 to 45 million hits a day.

    Online Presence

    NASA

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    [1]Wikipedia – Outer space


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  • 04/30/14--03:59: VG Cats

  • About

    VG Cats is a webcomic series hosted on vgcats.com, written and illustrated by Scott Ramsoomair. The series mainly focuses on the two feline protagonists known as Leo( full name- Leo Leonardo, The Third) and Ares. Though, many other characters are used for situational humor. The series mostly parodies video games but can often branch off into other forms of pop culture, parodying everything from movies, tv shows, internet phenomenon, and even anime.


    History


    According to Wikipedia, Scott began drawing the series due to boredom at work. The first VG Cats strip was released on September 1, 2001. Prior to taking the VGCats.com domain, the comic was hosted at www.vgcats.cjb.net. In 2006, Ramsoomair made a strip depicting creatures from Maxis’ video game Spore, and Maxis created a version of the strip replacing all the drawn characters with in-game versions, and sent him custom figurines of the creatures.



    Highlights


    VG Cats has been nominated for several Web Cartoonists’ Choice Awards, winning 2 awards in 2005 and 1 in 2006. Including outstanding use of color and Outstanding Gaming Comic.



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    About

    Children’s Coloring Book Parodies refers to both humorous coloring books purposefully created for adults with adult themes and pages from real children’s coloring books with unintentional inappropriate content highlighted or added.

    Origin

    On June 24th, 2009, The King of Crayon[1], a blog made of up pages from children’s coloring books colored in in a way that makes them more violent or funny than originally intended, posted its first picture.



    Spread

    On August 27th, 2010, popular YouTube musician Molly Lewis[3] tweeted a series of pages from a dinosaur coloring book that she colored in and captioned to portray the dinosaurs as hipsters. The collection of pictures was covered by several websites such as UpRoxx[2] and Geekosystem.[4]



    In 2011 and 2012 pop culture and adult themed coloring books, which were published as print books but whose scanned and uploaded pages spread through the web, became popular. On September 15th, 2011, 90s pop culture-themed Colour Me Good 90s[16] (below, right) was published. The book was featured on The Guardian[17]. On October 30th, 2012, Coloring for Grown-Ups: The Adult Activity Book[9] (below, center), a coloring book featuring adult situations like finding an apartment or dealing with a one night stand, was published. The book was featured on The Huffington Post[12] and Complex.[13] On July 15th, 2012[10], Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling (below, left), was published. The book were featured on Buzzfeed[11] and Paste.[14]



    The trend continued in 2013 with the publication of attractive male celebrity themed Color Me Swoon: The Beefcake Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as well as Beginners[15] and Bun B’s Rapper Coloring and Activity Book.[18]

    On March 17th, 2014, the blog Coloring Book Corruptions[5], which features pages from children’s coloring books colored in to become NSFW, posted its first picture. A photoset of edited coloring book pages taken from the blog reached the front page of Reddit[8] on April 14th, 2014. The blog was covered by several sites including The Laughing Squid[6] and Smosh.[7]



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  • 04/30/14--10:32: Gratata
  • About

    “Gratata” is an onomatopoeia for the sound produced by a fully automatic firearm which is often mocked by users of the video-sharing site Vine.

    Origin

    On April 10th, 2014, Viner Bryan Silva posted a mirror-shot selfie video in which he recites threatening rap lyrics that ends with the “gratata” sound effect while standing in the bathroom in his underwear (shown below, left). On the following day, Silva posted a second video featuring the onomatopoeia accompanied by a gun shot hand gesture (shown below, right). Within 20 days, the videos gained over 49,000 and 146,000 revines respectively.



    Spread

    On April 16th, the @GratataEdits Twitter feed was launched, featuring photoshopped pictures of Silva.




    On April 18th, Viner Nam Tran posted a parody mocking Silva’s gratata videos, which gathered more than 23,000 revines and 17,000 likes in the next two weeks (shown below).



    On April 20th, YouTuber Vines Compilations posted a compilation of notable “gratata” Vine videos, garnering upwards of 197,000 views and 90 comments in the next 10 days. (shown below).



    On April 24th, Soundcloud user WhoIsSizzle posted a rap song titled "#Gratata (part 1), featuring vocals by Silva (shown below). In one week, the track accumulated more than 22,600 plays and 1,000 likes in one week.



    On April 26th, a post questioning the meaning of “gratata” was submitted to the /r/OutOfTheLoop[1] subreddit, where several users cited Silva’s gratata Vine videos as the original of the phrase. On the same day, Urban Dictionary user Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaak submitted an entry for “gratata,” defining it as “a term used to represent gunshots.” On April 28th, Viner Klarity posted a parody video containing several short sketches mocking the “gratata” onomatopoeia, which gained over 135,000 revines and 92,000 likes in the first 48 hours (shown below).



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