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  • 08/29/14--08:19: Trivago Guy
  • About

    Trivago commericals refers to a series of commercials which air in Canada and in the united states, Particually on the sports channel TSN in Canada.

    Origin

    Jay and Dan Canadian celebrities and sports casters from Canada commented on the disheveled look of the spokesperson on their popular podcast the Jay and Dan podcast. this spawned a twitter storm of comments. Trivago guy is Tim Williams and he lives in Berlin.

    http://www.570news.com/2014/08/28/everybodys-talking-about-trivago-guy/

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/life-video/video-whats-the-deal-with-the-trivago-guy-he-tells-us-his-story/article20196051/

    http://mashable.com/2014/08/13/trivago-guy/

    http://ca.askmen.com/news/entertainment/the-trivago-guy.html

    Spread

    People love to comment how he looks like he had too much to drink the night before, hasn’t shaved, isn’t wearing a belt, shirt buttons open at the top, needs a haircut, very relaxed delivery.

    Trivago has embraced the meme and released a trivago guy makeover contest.

    https://www.facebook.com/trivago/app_451684954848385

    http://www.tim-williams.eu/

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  • 08/29/14--11:20: Winter the Lamb
  • About

    Winter the Lamb is the name of a baby sheep that lives on a small hobby farm with Shannen Hussein in Melbourne, Australia. In late August 2014, the lamb gained internet fame after several video clips of him hopping around went viral on Vine.

    Origin

    On August 25th, Vine user Shannen Hussein[1] uploaded a video clip of Winter bouncing down the hallway towards her in a house, which garnered nearly 700,000 views, 16,000 likes and over 560 likes over the course of four days.



    Spread

    Following the viral takeoff of the first Vine clip of Winter, Shannen continued to share additional video clips of the lamb bouncing around the hallway and outdoor fields, including a second take of Winter’s hallway hopping, which has garnered more than 10 million views, 138,000 likes and nearly 10,000 shares in just under 72 hours.



    On August 27th, Redditor ekidwell submitted the same vine to /r/videos[6], where it garnered more than 1,900 points (98% upvotes) over the course of 24 hours. The following day, the Vine clips of Winter the Lamb were featured on several internet humor and viral content sites, including Cheezburger[9], SomeeCards[3], eBaumsworld]8], Huffington Post[4], Jezebel[2] and The Daily Dot.[7]

    Notable Examples

    [coming soon]

    External References


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  • 08/29/14--11:25: Swatting
  • About

    Swatting is a social engineering practice which involves falsely reporting incidents to emergency services in order to deploy various police units to a location. The hoaxes have been criticized for wasting tax payer dollars and preventing emergency services from appearing where they are needed.

    Origin

    On December 18th, 2007, Urban Dictionary[1] user neoeon submitted an entry for “swatting,” defining the practice as calling 9-1-1 to send a SWAT team to an “unsuspecting victim’s home under false pretenses.”



    Spread

    On February 4th, 2008, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) published an article titled “Don’t Make the Call: The New Phenomenon of ‘Swatting’”, which described the practice and listed several prosecutions against suspected swatters.[2] In May, Massachusetts resident Matthew Weigman (a.k.a. “Little Hacker”) was arrested for being involved in a “swatting conspiracy.” In January 2009, Weigman pled guilty and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.[3] On November 19th, 2010, the emergency communications blog 9-1-1 Magazine[5] published an article warning about the threat of “telephone swatting.” On September 10th, 2011, the gaming news blog Kotaku[4] reported that a police unit had been sent to an Xbox Live moderator’s house in Washington by gamers seeking revenge. On December 18th, 2012, CNN[6] reported that a suspect had been arrested for making false calls to emergency services against actor Ashton Kutcher and pop star Justin Bieber. On September 10th, 2013, NBC News[7] reported that a bill increasing penalties for swatting pranks was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown. On June 5th, 2014, Vice released a documentary on swatting (shown below).



    Kootra Swatted

    On August 27th, 2014, an online Counterstrike match livestreamed on Twitch by YouTube gamer Jordan Matthewson (a.k.a. Kootra) was raided by SWAT officers in Littleton, Colorado after a 911 caller claimed a man had shot several coworkers in the Creatures LLC office building he was playing in. That day, YouTuber Amund Johnsen uploaded a recording of the incident, which gathered upwards of 2.3 million views and 9,800 comments in the next 48 hours.



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  • 08/29/14--12:58: Bye Felicia
  • About

    “Bye Felicia” is a memorable quote from the 1995 comedy film Friday which is often used online as a dismissive farewell.

    Origin

    On April 26th, 1995, the comedy film Friday was released, starring the characters Craig Jones (played by Ice Cube) and Smokey (played by Chris Tucker) as a pair of unemployed stoners who must find a way to pay a drug dealer $200 within 24 hours. In the film, a character named Felicia attempts to borrow a car and a marijuana cigarette from Smokey and Jones, causing Jones to say “Bye Felicia.” On March 11th, 2007, YouTuber HyFlyer988 uploaded a clip of the scene, gathering over 870,000 views and 290 comments in the first eight years.



    Felicia: Let me borrow a joint.
    Smokey:You need to borrow a job with your broke ass. Always trying to smoke up somebody’s shit. Get the hell on Felicia.
    Felicia: I’m gonna remember that.
    Smokey: Remember it. Write it down. Take a picture. I don’t give a fuck!
    Felicia:Craig?
    Craig Jones: ‘Bye, Felisha.
    Felicia: Damn. Y’all stingy.

    Spread

    On December 7th, 2008, Urban Dictionary[1] user pimpin’817 submitted an entry for “bye felicia,” describing the phrase as a way to bid farewell to someone who is deemed unimportant. On October 27th, 2011, YouTuber Mamclol uploaded a video titled “Bye Felicia,” featuring the clip from Friday with an accompanying hip hop track about the character.



    On January 14th, 2014, Redditor ArsenalZT asked why “bye Felicia” became popular in a post on the /r/OutOfTheLoop[2] subreddit. On August 4th, the phrase was discussed by guest Nicole Richie and host Ryan Seacrest during the radio talk show “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” (shown below).



    In April 2014, American makeup artist and model Jeffree Star posted dismissive tweets accompanied by the hashtag “#byefelicia” (shown below).[4][5] On June 18th, BuzzFeed[3] published a listicle titled "22 Alternative Names to say “Bye” to Instead of Felicia." According to the Twitter analytics site Topsy,[6] the hashtag #ByeFelicia was tweeted over 35,000 times during the month of August.



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  • 08/30/14--02:26: Gun barrel parodies
  • Entry is a work in progress, please apply for editorship if you want to help


    The gun barrel scene in Dr. No

    About

    Gun barrel parodies is a opening sequence in the James Bond 1962 film Dr. No that it become so popular the other popular culture that it been used as a intro parody.

    History

    The sequence is made to Maurice Binder, a famous title designer who created the opening titles for 14 007 films. The look of the sequence was achieved with a pin hole camera shooting through a real gun barrel.

    In every of the sequence, the gun barrel is pointing at James Bond to shoot but James is shoot at the gunman (use with the blood spilling) and then the gunman was getting dizzy (that means that the gunman is died) and then the film begins.

    Spread

    In every of the Media it use the Gun barrel sequence in Movies or TV shows (Example My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, The Simpsons and others.)


    The episodes names in the media
    Left: MMMystery on the Friendship Express Meddle: And Maggie Makes Three Right: Dear Consumer

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  • 08/30/14--10:13: CryptoLocker
  • About

    CryptoLocker was a ransomware trojan virus which targeted computers running Microsoft Windows and was first observed by Dell SecureWorks in September 2013[1].

    Origin

    Cryptolocker builds up on the successes of ransomware in the recent years, though this ransomware type is not new. One of the earliest pieces of malware that was written specifically to make money, rather than simply to illustrate a point, was the AIDS Information Trojan of 1989[2]. It makes use of encryption methods for malicious purposes as criminal methods become more and more sophisticated each year, similar to the GPCode trojan, whose keys were cracked in 2008[3]. Over the past years, ransomware has become significantly more prevalent and the malware authors have written significantly more clever and scary versions[4].

    Cryptolocker infections normally begin via infected email attachments, and via an existing botnet; when activated, the malware encrypts certain types of files stored on local and mounted network drives using RSA public-key cryptography, with the private key stored only on the malware’s control servers.

    Spread

    Since its discovery and its debut in Great Britain, CryptoLocker infected more than 234,000 computers worldwide, including more than 100,000 in the U.S., and generated its cyber-criminal creators more than $380,000 in revenue. This, along with its sophistication of getting past security programs to complete their infection of computers surreptitously, had led security writers to call it a “diabolical twist on an old scam”[5][6]. It gained notoriety in November 2013.

    At the end of May 2014, U.S. and foreign law enforcement agents seized the computers that distributed CryptoLocker. Although Cryptolocker was neutralized, it is only a matter of time before malware writers devise a new method of attack.

    CryptoWall

    CryptoWall is a copy of Cryptolocker appearing in February 2014. Filling the voidIt has infected over 600,000 computers, encrypting 5 billion files, making it “the largest and most destructive ransomware threat on the Internet”. However, unlike Cryptolocker, it was less effective at generating income for its creators[8].

    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Dell SecureWorks – "":http://www.secureworks.com/cyber-threat-intelligence/threats/cryptolocker-ransomware/ | Posted on 12-18-13.

    [2]Naked Security – Destructive malware “CryptoLocker” on the loose – here’s what to do | Posted on 10-12-13.

    [3]Kaspersky Lab – Kaspersky System Watcher – Safeguarding user data with Kaspersky Cryptomalware Countermeasures Subsystem

    [4]Forbes – Computer Virus Spreading That Means You Never Get To See Your Files Again | Posted on 10-22-13.

    [5]Forbes – Cryptolocker Thieves Likely Making ‘Millions’ As Bitcoin Breaks $1,000 | Posted on 11-27-13.

    [6]Brian Krebs (KrebsonSecurity.com) – CryptoLocker Crew Ratchets Up the Ransom | Posted on 11-13-2013.

    [7]USA Today – Federal agents knock down Zeus Botnet, CryptoLocker | Posted on 6-2-14.

    [8]PC World – CryptoWall ransomware held over 600K computers hostage, encrypted 5 billion files | Posted on 8-29-14.


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  • 08/30/14--13:45: The House of the Dead
  • THIS IS STILL A W.I.P, NEEDHELPGUYS

    About
    The House of The Dead (or House of the Dead) is a light gun arcade game series by designer Atsushi Seimiya. the series has overall 4 main games and over 8 spin-offs which include dating games, a beat ’em up and a Tarantino-esqe take on the original game named Overkill. The series is well known for its staple of cheesy voice acting which is prominent with most low budget rail shooters.
    History
    The House of the Dead is a lightgun arcade game series developed by Wow Entertainment (now Sega Wow Overworks) and published by Sega.
    Reception


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  • 08/31/14--23:06: The Fappening / Celebgate
  • [Work in progress. Editors needed]

    About

    The Fappening, also known as Celebgate, refers to a series of nude photographs featuring various high profile celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst, which were leaked on 4chan in late August 2014.

    Origin

    [Researching]

    Spread

    On August 31st, 2014, the subreddit /r/thefappening[1] was creator by Redditor johnsmcjohn for submissions of leaked celebrity nude photos, which gathered upwards of 50,900 subscribers in the first 10 hours.

    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References

    [1]Reddit – /r/thefappening (Warning: NSFW Content)


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    Overview.

    The Kähler Anniversary Vase (Danish: Kähler Jubilæumsvase) is a limited edition danish designer vase celebrating the 175th anniversary of danish design company Kähler Design[1]. The vase sparked a major controversy in Denmark as the demand greatly outweighed the supply[2]. Inflating the price to up to 4000 Danish Kroner (800$)[3]. When Kähler design opened up for ordering, over 16.000 danes whipped out their wallets [4]. Due to the simple yet distinct design of the vase, it has served as an easy exploitable[5].

    Origin.

    In August of 2014, Kähler Design released the new limited edition design of their iconic vase design. The Vase was critically acclaimed by consumers and the vase was quickly sold out due to very low supply[6]. Sparking an outrage among mostly middle aged women [7]. These people were mostly mocked for overreacting, leading to the exploitables that now surface the internet under the hashtag #VaseGate.

    Spread.

    The mock-designs were spread using social media under the name of #VaseGate or #KählerGate[8]. Many Danish news sites also reported the incident [9]. On Septemper 1st Redditor DkForm released an Imgur Album featuering 43 different mock designs[10]. The demand of the vase have been so big that it has even lead to motivate crime [11]

    Search Interest



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    About

    “Yee” is a phrase that refers to an edited clip of an animated dinosaur singing a small jingle, only to be interrupted at the end by another dinosaur shouting “Yee” in an awkward manner. It has since become viral, due to its poor quality animation, voice acting and timing of the “Yee” at the end. It has since became viral around mostly Tumblr. [1]

    Origin

    Uploaded on February 29, 2012, the clip starring these two oddly-designed dinosaurs came from the animated film “Dinosaur Adventure,” a knockoff of Don Bluth’s “The Land Before Time.” The movie was made by Dingo Pictures, who are infamous at ripping off popular animated movies such as Toy Story and Beauty and the Beast. [2][3] The clip was actually an edited bit of the film, in which originally the dinosaurs were just giving the protagonist, a baby dinosaur, some advice. The “Yee” coming from the supposedly “awkward dinosaur” was actually a “yes” but in an accent that stretched the intonation of the word. Also the music used at the end of the film was what made up the melody of the jingle sung in the edited clip.

    Spread

    Even though it was uploaded in 2012, it didn’t became viral until it was uploaded onto Reddit in the r/youtubehaiku section on August 23, 2014. After it was uploaded, the post recieved up to 2062 upvotes and 114 comments. [4] Soon, word of the video from Reddit reached Tumblr, where it spread virally. “Yee” soon became a universally known phrase among Tumblrites, and the meme was expressed through remixes, posts and even fan art of the two dinosaurs.

    Notable Examples


    External References


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  • 09/01/14--21:25: Naked Banana
  • About

    Naked Banana is an image that gained notoriety on imageboards, mostly being used as an out of context image on various boards on 4chan.

    Origin

    This meme appeared on 4chan in mid 2014. The image, a stock photo of a “naked” banana holding a peel, originally began trending due to a Facebook post in which a group of older internet users find the image to be far funnier than most would, and have a confusing conversation about it; the original source and explanation can be seen below.



    Spread

    Naked Banana, or variations of the image are typically posted dozens of times in “You Laugh, You Lose” threads, to the fury of many users who wish to see different content. When shared on 4chan, users typically reply with “I really, really, really like this image” or other quotes from the bizarre conversation.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Archive Moe – Naked Banana


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    Overview

    Daniel Pierce Coming Out Video refers to a video Daniel Pierce, a nineteen-year-old from Georgia, which was uploaded to YouTube and shows his father and stepmother abusing him after he told them he is gay. After the video went viral a crowd funding campaign for Pierce’s living expenses gained over $100,000.

    Background

    On August 27th, 2014, a friend of Pierce’s uploaded a video titled “How not to react when your child tells you that he’s gay” to the YouTube channel Regina Ryan.[1] The video features audio of Pierce’s family, identified as his stepmother and father telling him being gay is not a choice, informing him he will have to move out, and eventually physically and verbally abusing him. Within a week the video had gained over 5.5 million views.



    Notable Developments

    Also on August 27th, LGBT activist Dan Savage posted the video on his The Stranger[5], explaining how it affected him saying:

    “That was hard to listen to. Jesus. Fucking. Christ. My heart breaks for that poor, brave, tough kid. What the fuck is wrong with these people?

    We could have a fundraiser up and running for this poor kid by morning--if we knew who he was and where he was."


    On August 28th, The Huffington Post[4] published an article titled “WATCH: Family Has Horrifying, Violent Reaction To Son’s Coming Out As Gay.” The article featured quotes from Pierce who explained his expectations going into the meeting with his family, saying:

    ""Their reaction was pretty much expected [once] I chose to leave instead of pray because they have always been very vocal about not supporting the gay lifestyle."


    Also on August 28th, The Advocate[7] published an article titled “WATCH: ‘Christian’ Family’s Terrifying Response to Son Coming Out” which features Pierce’s aunt, Teri Cooper, corroborating Pierce’s account of the violent confrontation with his family.

    The video was covered by several sites the following day including the Daily Mail[6] and NewNowNext.[8]

    GoFundMe Campaign

    Also on August 27th, Pierce’s boyfriend started a GoFundMe[2] page for a crowd funding campaign for Pierce titled “Living Expenses” with a goal of $2,000. Within a week the campaign gained over $90,000. On September 1st, Pierce published an update explaining:

    “It’s important for all of you to know that right now, what I need most is time to think and work through the next steps in my life. I have been working closely with Atlanta-based Lost-n-Found Youth to help figure out what’s next for me. Right now, I’m safe and definitely feel your love all around me. Thank you!”


    He also explained he would be donating a portion of the funds raised to LGBT charities.

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  • 09/02/14--12:48: Penny Arcade Expo
  • About

    Penny Arcade Expo (or PAX) is the video game conference held annually in Washington state. The name was taken from a web comic Penny Arcade created in 1998 by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins. Since its creation the conference has expanded to multiple cities and seen an expansion in cosplay.

    Background

    On November 18th, 1998, Penny Arcade published its first strip about long loading time. The web comic was created by illustrator Mike Krahulik and writer Jerry Holkins. The webcomic continued to update regularly throughout the late ’90s and early 2000s.



    The original Penny Arcade Expo, organized by Krahulik and Holkins, occurred on August 28th and 29th, 2004, in Bellevue, Washington.[5]

    Notable Development

    Expansion Into Other Cities

    On September 7th, 2009, expo creator Jerry Holkins announced an expo would be held in Boston, Massachusetts in 2010. Called Penny Arcade Expo East, the conference occurred between March 26th-March 28th, in the Hynes Convention Center. In 2013, a PAX conference was held in Melbourne, Australia. In January of 2015, Pax South will be held in San Antonio, Texas.

    Online Presence

    As of September 2014, Penny Arcade Expo’s Twitter account[1] has gained over 170,000 followers and its Facebook page[2] has gained over 80,000 followers. In 2009, redditor cyricsmith created the subreddit r/PAX.[6] As of September 2014, the subreddit has gained over 4,000 readers.

    Media Coverage

    On September 2nd, 2005, MTV[9] published an article titled “An E3 For Everybody: Penny Arcade Expo Doubles In Second Year” which reported in the expo’s second year attendance reached 10,000 people. On August 20th, 2007, the Laughing Squid[10] reported Wil Wheaton would speak at the 4th annual expo. On September 2nd, 2010, The Atlantic[15] published an article titled “Penny Arcade Expo: 60,000 Gamers Press ‘Start’” which covered the the work that goes into organizing the expo. On August 30th, 2014, Motherboard[8] published an article titled “The Penny Arcade eXpo Tries to Grow Up, With Awkward Results” which covered the expo’s sometimes unsuccessful attempts to be more inclusive of all genders, sexual orientations and races.

    Swine Flu Outbreak

    On September 8th, 2009, Boing Boing[12] reported an attendee at the 2009 Penny Arcade Expo had test positive for Swine Flu, according to those behind the expo. The following day Wired[11] reported almost 100 attendees had come down with the flu, causing hashtags such as #nerdflu and #paxflu to circulate on Twitter. The same day the outbreak was covered by Kotaku[13] and g4tv.[14]

    Search Interest

    Search interest for San Diego Comic Con spikes every August when the main conference is held.

    External References


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  • 09/03/14--09:18: Proteus
  • About

    Proteus is an open-world procedurally generated exploration game developed by Ed Key and David Kanaga for Linux, Mac OS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. It is a game in which the player explores a unique layout of a world from a first-person perspective in which every animal and plant has its own unique musical signature, the music also changes depending on which area you are exploring.

    Here is an example of a procedurally generated world :-


    Development


    Ed Key began development of Proteus in 2008 in his spare time, he originally envisioned a role-playing game similar to The Elder Scrolls series in which the player would visit towns and fulfill quests but the game only neared its final form when David Kanaga joined development in 2010. . Realizing the extent of the work that would be needed for such a role-playing game as described, the pair decided to make something “nontraditional and nonviolent”.

    Key developed the game using a game engine he had written in the C# programming language. The developers have expressed interest in allowing player-created mods of the game in the future. After David Kanaga joined the development team as audio composer, the audio mechanics were refined through many different ideas, such as letting players create their own music within the game.

    Proteus was released on 30 January 2013 for Windows and Mac, and on 8 April 2013 for Linux. When Proteus pre-orders were open in 2012, an Artifact Edition was also available; including a boxed version of the game with artwork, soundtrack, and notes on the game’s development. Ed Key apologized when the Artifact Edition was still in development and unshipped at the end of its release year, and offered to refund customers upon request. As of May 2014 the edition has not been released

    Around the time of the game’s release, Curve Studios approached Key and later worked with the developers to port the game for release on PlayStation 3 and Vita. These versions of the game use Curve Studio’s own game engine. Sony requested that new features be added to the game, though Ed Key said that the company never attempted to steer the direction of the development of these features. Key added location and date-based world generation and a way to interact with the game using the Vita’s rear touch-pad. He has stated that the location-specific and date-specific world generation feature could come to the other versions in the future. The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions were released on 29 October 2013

    Gameplay


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  • 09/03/14--12:09: At Dawn We Ride
  • About

    “At Dawn We Ride”, sometimes written “We Ride at Dawn”, is a battle cry used to caption image macros featuring photos of people and animals wearing armor or riding various mounts.

    Origin

    According to the movie quote database Subzin, the quote “We ride at dawn” is spoken at 1:12:09 in the 1981 film Clash of the Titans. In the 2003 fantasy film "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the character Aragorn utters the phrase “We have till dawn, then we must ride” when speaking to the King Theoden about aiding the kingdom of Gondor against attackers. On April 29th, 2010, a “Horsegirl of the Apocalypse”: image macro was highlighted on the Internet humor site Sad and Useless,[3] which featured the captioned “We ride.. / at dawn” (shown below).



    Spread

    On November 18th, 2011, the Internet humor site Dorkly[2] published a Skyrim webcomic titled “The Glorious Life of a Skyrim Companion,” in which the game’s protagonist informs his housecarl “at dawn, we ride” (shown below).



    On April 4th, 2012, Redditor Arx0s submitted a photograph of a cat riding a chicken titled “We Ride at Dawn!” to the /r/aww[4] subreddit, garnering upwards of 1,400 votes (94% upvoted) before it was archived (shown below, left). On April 6th, Redditor chiburaska submitted a photograph titled “At Dawn We Ride!,” featuring gummy bears and a gummy worm depicting a scene from the Dune science fiction franchise (shown below, right). Prior to being archived, the post gained over 1,500 votes (95% upvoted) on the /r/funny subreddit.[1]



    On August 28th, 2014, the Cheezburger site Memebase[5] highlighted a demotivational poster featuring a photograph of a man wearing a turban while riding a mini horse (shown below).



    Notable Examples




    Search Interest

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  • 09/03/14--16:18: Boogie2988
  • About

    Boogie2988 is a YouTuber known for his portrayal of the character Francis, an immature adult who is prone to delivering rage-induced rants.

    History

    On April 5th, 2006, the Boogie2988 YouTube channel was created. The first video uploaded to the channel featured footage of a Dungeons and Dragons tabletop RPG game (shown below).



    On July 14th, 2009, Boogie2988 uploaded his first video performing the character Francis, who rants about 4th edition Dungeons and Dragons (shown below, left). Boogie2988 continued to upload videos featuring the Francis character. On February 4th, 2010, a video titled “Francis Gets His Warcraft Account Hacked” was uploaded. The video was featured by YouTuber RayWilliamJohnson[1] on February 15th, and subsequently gained over 3.8 million views and 28,000 comments in five years.



    On January 10th, 2012, Boogie2988 uploaded a video in which Francis has a mental breakdown when he cannot find his Mountain Dew soft drink (shown below, left). In the first three years, the video garnered upwards 6.8 million views and 29,000 comments. On April 10th, 2013, Boogie1988 uploaded a draw my life video, describing his upbringing in southwest Virginia (shown below, right).



    On August 24th, 2014, Boogie2988 uploaded a vlog commenting on the Zoe Quinn online controversy regarding her relationships with a gaming journalist (shown below).



    Social Media Feeds

    On August 3rd, 2010, the Boogie2988 Facebook[2] page was launched, which accumulated more than 189,000 likes in the first four years. On February 13th, 2013, the /r/boogie2988[5] subreddit was launched for discussions about the YouTube channel. As of September 2014, Boogie2988 has over 129,000 followers on Twitter and 13,000 followers on Vine.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]YouTube – Hacked

    [2]Facebook – Boogie2988

    [3]YouTube – Boogie2988

    [4]Twitch – boogie2988

    [5]Reddit – /r/boogie2988

    [6]Twitter – boogie2988

    [7]Vine – Boogie2988


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  • 09/04/14--05:04: GamerGate
  • Overview

    GamerGate refers to the online backlash toward gaming journalism that occurred as a result of the Quinnspiracy online controversy surrounding indie game developer Zoe Quinn’s alleged affairs with a number of men working in the video game industry, including Kotaku jouranlist Nathan Grayson.

    Background

    After game developer Zoe Quinn’s ex-boyfriend published an expose detailing his relationship with Quinn online on August 16th, 2014, claiming she cheated on him with gaming journalist Nathan Grayson, many Internet users reacted by citing the alleged affair as an example of corruption in video game journalism. YouTuber MundaneMatt subsequently uploaded a video critique Quinn’s game Depression Quest and commentary about the alleged affairs with men working in the video game industry. The video was subsequently removed due to a copyright claim by Quinn for using a still image from Depression Quest. On August 18th, YouTuber Internet Aristocrat uploaded the first in a series of videos titled Quinnspiracy Theory, in which he discusses the issue of cronyism in gaming media and the indie game development community.





    As concern over the integrity of gaming journalists increased, it was discovered that several were actively contributing money to Quinn’s Patreon account,[5][6] including Polygon journalist Ben Kuchera who had been donating to her for weeks prior to writing an article about her game. Kotaku writer Patricia Hernandez subsequently came under scruntiny as well when gamers began investigating her relationships with other video game developers.[7] Similarly, many criticized sound designer Robin Arnott for having an alleged affair with Quinn while appearing as a judge in the Indiecade game competition, which gave an award to Depression Quest. On August 26th, Kotaku[24] editor Stephen Totilo posted a statement regarding the gaming news site’s code of ethics, announcing that Kotaku journalists would not be allowed to contribute to the Patreon accounts of game developers. The same day, Polygon[25] followed up with a similar statement announcing that all writers must disclose any contributions they have made to developer’s Patreon accounts. Readers later released a statement condemning Polygon’s new ethics policy for still being unsatisfactory and ‘unprofessional’.[22] Some criticized the new policies for being unfair, while others suggested the policy change was the result of sexism and misogyny.



    On August 27th, actor Adam Baldwin posted a tweet linking to Internet Aristocrat videos along with the hashtag *#GamerGate."[1] In the first week, the hashtag was tweeted over 244,000 times according to the Twitter analytics site Topsy.[26]



    Notable Developments

    Anti-“Gamer” Backlash

    On August 28th, several news sites published article calling for using the term “gamer” as a cultural identity, including The Financial Post, Ars Technica, The Daily Beast, The Stranger, Beta Beat, Gamasutra, Polygon and Kotaku.


    On September 1st, several of the journalists and independent developers involved in this ‘anti-gamer’ movement published and signed an open letter to the gaming community asking gamers to end the harassment towards critics and developers.[18] The following day, software engineer Benjamin Quintero published an article on Gamasutra questioning the strategy of gaming sites deliberately alienating their core readers by denouncing their culture.[19] Shortly after, Quintero tweeted that he had been downgraded by Gamasutra. On August 30th, the Gamer Gate Harassment Tumblr[23] blog was launched, which chronicled harassment of gamers by those associated with the online social justice community.



    On September 3rd, YouTuber Boogie2988 uploaded a video responding to accusations of bigotry toward those who support GamerGate (shown below). In the first 24 hours, the video gained over 111,000 views and 7,000 comments.



    #NotYourShield

    In response to accusations that GamerGate participants were all misogynistic, white men, women and minorities supporting GamerGate launched the hashtag #NotYourShield claiming they were being ignored in their criticisms of gaming industry corruption.



    On September 4th, YouTuber MundaneMatt uploaded a video about #NotYourShield.



    The same day, Quinn posted a tweet accusing #NotYourShield of bring a “jamming hashtag” to “spread disinformation,” along with a screenshot from a 4chan post about the hashtag (shown below).[27]



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Adam Baldwin GamerGate Tweet – Adam Baldwin #GamerGate Tweet

    [2]MundaneMatt DMCA-Takedown Evidence – MundaneMatt DMCA-Takedown Evidence

    [3]MundaneMatt’s Re-uploaded Video – MundaneMatt’s Re-uploaded Video

    [4]Reddit – TotalBiscuit discusses the state of games journalism

    [5]Patreon – Patreon

    [6]Zoe’s Questionable Patreon Supporters – Zoe’s Questionable Patreon Supporters

    [7]Patricia Hernandez’s Journalistic Integrity – Patricia Hernandez’s Journalistic Integrity

    [8]Robin Arnott and Indiecade Corruption – Robin Arnott and Indiecade Corruption

    [9]Gone Home Polygon Review – Gone Home Polygon Review

    [10]Gone Home IGN Review – Gone Home IGN Review

    [11]PAX Q&A Panel – PAX Q&A Panel

    [12]Kotaku Comment Moderation – Kotaku Comment Moderation

    [13]Reddit ShadowBanning – Reddit ShadowBanning

    [14]Reddit Banning Thread – Reddit Banning Thread

    [15]Reddit Mod Leaks – Reddit Mod Leaks

    [16]Reddit Admin Backlash – Reddit Admin Backlash

    [17]Reddit Admin Testimony – Reddit Admin Testimony

    [18]Open Letter To The Gaming Community – Open Letter To The Gaming Community

    [19]Gamasutra Article – Ben Quintero’s Gamasutra Article

    [20]ISIS Comparisons – ISIS Comparisons

    [21]Response to Hitler Youth Comparisons – Response to Hitler Youth Comparisons

    [22]Polygon Unprofessional – Polygon Unprofessional

    [23]GamerGate Harassment – GamerGate Harassment

    [24]Kotaku – Stephen Totilo

    [25]Polygon – On Patreon Support

    [26]Topsy – #GamerGate

    [27]Twitter – Gamergate


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  • 09/04/14--08:46: Transfer Deadline Day
  • [Note: This page is still a work in progress. This is my first entry, so additional editing by more experienced users is appreciated especially with regards to formatting. Do not deadpool yet]

    Overview

    In the world of Association Football, the Transfer Window is a period during the year in which football clubs are allowed to trade players. There are two distinct windows, the dates of which are fixed by the football governing body of each country (e.g. The FA in England). The most well-known period is the English transfer window, which occurs on the following dates: 9 June – 1 September and 1–31 January.[1]

    The transfer Deadline Day is the last day of the window. This is usually one of the busiest days of the window, generating a flurry of transfers, often because a number of interdependent transfers are completed resembling a housing chain, generating much media interest. The deadline day is accompanied by round the clock reporting by sports journalists and websites such as Sky Sports and Eurosport, and on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.


    Recurring Themes in Each Deadline Day

    Due to the heavy news coverage that the Deadline Day receives together with the popular nature of sportspersons, many events that happen on each deadline day have become well-known amongst the football community. These are accompanied by a meme-like spread on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites.

    Jim White / Sky News Reporting

    Jim White is a Scottish television presenter that works for Sky Sports. He is best known for his round-the-clock presenting marathon on the transfer deadline days.[2] Because of this, the days (1st September and 31 January) are sometimes affectionately referred to as “Jim White day” by football fans.

    Jim White’s coverage is accompanied by several field reporters giving the latest news from outside the main football clubs’ headquarters. These are often surrounded by the fans of the respective clubs. Due to the live nature of the reports, many notable moments have occurred, some of which are listed below.






    Harry Redknapp Leaning Out of the Window

    Harry Redknapp is an English football manager. He is currently the manager of Premiership side Queens Park rangers but has managed other big-name clubs such as Portsmouth and Tottenham.[3] He is usually one of the busiest men on the transfer deadline day, receiving notable media attention. He is regularly stopped by Sky Sports reporters waiting for him outside the parking lot of his club, and has to lean out of his car window in order to answer. This has become synonymous with Deadline Day and is accompanied by several image macros and videos shared on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.[4]










    Arsene Wenger

    Arsene Wenger is the manager of Premier League side Arsenal.[5] Due to his job managing one of the most popular football clubs in the world, his dealings on deadline day are the target of several image macros, either by happy / disappointed Arsenal fans or by rival teams’ fans sharing some banter.






    Surprising / Shock Deadline Day Deals

    Being the last day of the transfer window, many teams often rush to sign some heavily-needed players. Deadline Day deals are often done in a desperate manner (most deals are concluded only hours before the 11pm deadline, with some teams having to request a special extension), and this often results in clubs grossly overpaying for a player’s services or signing a player of a lower calibre than expected. These deals are covered heavily in the press, and are the subject of several image macros on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and other football-related forums.[6]

    Examples of major Deadline Day Deals include:
    Marouane Fellaini (September 2013) Everton to Mancehester United
    Mesut Oezil (January 2014) Real Madrid to Arsenal
    Fernando Torres (September 2014) Chelsea to AC Milan
    Radamel Falcao (September 2014) AS Monaco to Manchester United[7]
    Danny Welbeck (September 2014) Manchester United to Arsenal
    Tom Cleverley (September 2014) Manchester United to Aston Villa






    Notable Incidents During Live Deadline Day Reporting

    September 2014: Reporter Gets Attacked by Dildo






    September 2014: Blow-Up Doll / Fuck Her Right In The Pussy



    September 2014: Fuck Her Right in the Pussy (West Ham / Newcastle)

    Note: Live reports start at 0:23 and 1:15



    Google Trends

    The spike in searches corresponds with the two transfer window periods in each year:


    External references

    [1]Wikipedia – Transfer Window

    [2]Wikipedia – Jim White

    [3]Wikipedia – Harry Redknapp

    [4]Yahoo! Eurosport – Harry! Falcao! Sky shenanigans! The story of Transfer Deadline Day

    [5]Wikipedia – Arsene Wenger

    [6]The Independent – Transfer Deadline Day: The Best Memes and Tweets Featuring Radamel Falcao, Javier Hernandez and Bart Simpson

    [7]The SPORT Bible Facebook Page


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  • 09/04/14--09:59: #DogBands
  • About

    #DogBands is a Twitter hashtag which gained popularity after it was introduced by the Comedy Central show @midnight. Twitter users add the hashtag to the game of a popular band name which they have altered to included a dog breed or dog related term.

    Origin

    On August 26th, 2014, which is also National Dog Day, the official Twitter account[1] for @Midnight introduced the hashtag #DogBands, just before the episode which featured the hashtag in their recurring segments “Hashtag Wars” aired.



    Spread

    On August 27th, 2014, CollegeHumor[3] published a post titled “Combine Dogs, Music and Puns and You Get #DogBands” which featured some of the funniest uses of the hashtag on Twitter. The hashtag was covered by several sites the same day including In Touch Weekly[4] and TheQuickLaugh.[5] Within a week the hashtag[2] was tweeted out over 42,000 times.

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 09/04/14--12:54: Internet Slowdown Day
  • Overview

    Internet Slowdown Day refers to an online protest in support of Net Nutrality to be held on September 10th, 2014. Participating websites and blogs can put a spinning loading icon on their webpage, which urge their audience to speak out in favor of Net Neutrality.

    Background

    On September 3rd, 2014, Fight for the Future[3] published a press release on their Tumblr account[4] announcing the creation of Internet Slow Day, to be held on September 10th, to allow activists to let the FCC know they are for Net Neutrality and against the slow down of certain sites destroying Net Neutrality would create. It explained:

    “On Wednesday, a diverse range of public interest groups representing more than 10 million people announced a day of mass online mobilization on Sept. 10 in support of Net Neutrality. On that day, numerous websites, social networks, online activism organizations and others will call on their members to contact Washington and demand real Net Neutrality protections. (Sites will employ icons that symbolize a slower Internet, but will not actually load more slowly.)”


    This date comes five days before the September 15th, deadline for the public to comment to the FCC about their impending decision about Net Neutrality. The release directed users to Battle For the Net[1], where they can find the code for the loading widgets and explanation of their message that will explain to their visitors why they are participating in Internet Slowdown Day. The release also included a list of groups supporting the day:

    “The American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause, Center for Media Justice, Color of Change, DailyKos, Demand Progress, Democracy for America, Democrats.com, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Engine Advocacy, Fight for the Future, FireDogLake, Free Press Action Fund, Future of Music Coalition, Greenpeace USA, Harry Potter Alliance, Media Alliance, MoveOn, National Hispanic Media Coalition, OpenMedia, Popular Resistance, Presente, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Progressives United, the Other 98%, RootsAction, Rootstrikers, SumOfUs, Voqal, Women, Action & the Media”


    Notable Developments

    Media Coverage

    On September 3rd, Seattle Pi[6] published an article titled “The Internet won’t really slow down on ‘Internet Slowdown Day’” which explained the call to action and how to participate. On September 4th, Wired[5] published an op-ed titled “Etsy CEO to Businesses: If Net Neutrality Perishes, We Will Too” in which Etsy CEO explains and expresses support for the Internet Slow Down. It was covered by several other sites the same day including TIME[7] and RT.[8] The same day The Daily Dot[9] reported several large websites and companies would be participating including Kickstarter, Foursquare and Reddit.

    Search Interest

    External References


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