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  • 12/04/14--19:00: "Trying to get my grades up"
  • About

    “Trying to Get My Grades Up” or phrases in a similar vein are often used to add humor to gifs and images that look hopeless/futile. The meme is targeted at people who are having difficulties in school.

    Origin

    [researching]

    Spread

    The meme is highly popular on Twitter, and has spread to tumblr posts[2]. Meme generating websites like Meme.com[1] have entries tagged with the phrase “trying to get my grades up like.”

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    [W.I.P.]

    External References


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    About

    Robots are automated mechanical entities often created to either resemble an organic organism, or to perform a specific function that would normally be carried out by an organic organism. An artificial intelligence is any software that exhibits intelligence derived from computer processing power. It is distinguished from natural intelligence due to the fact that it is stimulated by man-made machines.

    History

    Unintelligent robots, named “automatons”, were the subject of speculation and attempts at construction throughout ancient history. Examples included fire engines[2] and rudimentary analog computers.[3]

    The first use of “robot” in reference to man-made humanoid beings was in the 1921 play Rosumovi Univerzální Roboti (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Karel Čapek. It soon displaced “automaton” as the most common word used to refer to lifelike machines.[4]

    Popular Culture and Related Memes

    Cleverbot

    Cleverbot is one of the most popular real-time chatbot programs in service at present. Notably, high-powered specialized versions of its software have won artificial intelligence competitions, such as the 2010 BCS Machine Intelligence Competition.[1] Screenshots of humorous conversations between users and Cleverbot have become popular online due to the unpredictable nature of Cleverbot’s responses.



    Portal 2 Space Personality Core

    The Space Personality Core, originating from the 2011 Valve Corporation video game Portal 2, became memetic on the internet due to its comical obsession with space and its catchphrase “Spaaaaaaacce”. It has been the subject of a large number of fan creations.



    Transformers

    Transformers are a toyline created by Hasbro in 1984 featuring a group of sentient machines who possess the ability to change forms into vehicles and other constructs.



    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]Cleverbot – Cleverbot wins Machine Intelligence Prize

    [2]Wikipedia – Automaton

    [3]Wikipedia – Antikythera mechanism

    [4]Wikipedia – R.U.R.


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  • 12/05/14--09:06: #CrimingWhileWhite
  • About

    #CrimingWhileWhite is a Twitter hashtag associated with alleged confessions of White Americans who have been excused from arrest after breaking the law. The anecdotes are meant to illustrate the widely perceived racial bias in police culture, especially the stark contrast between how the blacks and whites are treated by the law enforcement.

    Origin

    The hashtag was coined by Jason Ross[1], a writer for Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, on the night of December 3rd, shortly after the grand jury decision in the case of Eric Garner’s death cleared the NYPD officer of any criminal charges.



    Walking While Black

    The phrase “criming while white” stems from another well-known expression “walking while black”, which pokes fun at the racial profiling against the black community using a wordplay on “driving while intoxicated.” Variations of the phrase include “driving while black,” “learning while black,” “shopping while black” and “eating while black.”

    Spread

    #CrimingWhileWhite[2] saw an explosive growth in volume of tweets overnight, yielding more than 300,000 mentions within the first 24 hours of Ross’ original tweet, according to Topsy.[3] The stories told many confessions of easily being let off the hook after committing various crimes, including shoplifting, dining and dashing, burglary and smoking cannabis in front of a cop.

    News Media Coverage

    On December 3rd, the hashtag was reported on by dozens of major news outlets and blogs in the United States and overseas, including NPR[4], Washington Post[6], CNN[8], ABC News[15], BBC News[16], TIME[9], New York Times[11] and Huffington Post[10], among many others.

    Notable Examples




    #AliveWhileBlack

    In response to the hashtag, Jamilah Lemieux, the editor of Ebony.com, launched #AliveWhileBlack for black people to share stories of their hostile interactions with the cops without any perceivably reasonable grounds.




    Search Interest

    [not yet available]

    External References


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  • 12/05/14--10:53: Dank Memes
  • About

    “Dank Memes” is an ironic expression used to mock online viral media and in-jokes that have exhausted their comedic value to the point of being trite or cliché. In this context, the word “dank,” originally coined as a term for high quality marijuana, is satirically used as a synonym for “cool.”

    Origin

    The exact origin of the phrase “dank memes” is unknown. Many have speculated that it was coined on the /s4s/ (shit 4chan says) board on 4chan, /r/2007scape on Reddit or within the montage parody community on YouTube.[1]

    Spread

    On May 26th, 2013, YouTuber fennthulhu uploaded a parody video titled “How 2 make dank memes!”, in which he demonstrates how to create an “edgy” Success Kid image macro on the website Quickmeme (shown below, left). On December 20th, YouTuber Ethan Holey uploaded a video in which he recommends using “dank memes” as a replacement for the terms “awesome,” “cool” or “bodacious” (shown below, right).



    On September 23rd, 2014, which featured a gnome child seated at a computer with the caption “born just in time to browse dank memes” (shown below, left). On September 30th, Redditor 369DAMNyoFINE posted an image macro of a young child dressed as a police officer writing a ticket for posting a meme that “wasn’t dank enough” to the /r/4ChanMeta[3] subreddit (shown below, right).



    On October 24th, 2014, YouTuber Juston Bibero posted a montage parody video titled “9gagger can’t handle the dank memes,” which gathered upwards of 52,000 views and 150 comments in the first two months (shown below). On December 4th, Redditor Thejacobplumb submitted a post titled “What are ‘dank memes’?” to the /rOutOfTheLoop[1] subreddit.



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 12/05/14--13:11: Big Red
  • About

    Big Red is the nickname of Toronto resident Chanty Binx,[3] who gained notoriety online after appearing in a video in which she aggressively promotes feminism while arguing against men’s rights activists at an event in Toronto, Canada.

    History

    On January 21st, 2011, Binx launched the Tumblr[3] blog “STFU Everything.” On April 5th, 2013, YouTuber 18upper uploaded a video titled “MRAs and Feminists Arguing at U of T MRA Event,” featuring footage of Binx loudly reading feminist arguments off a sheet of paper outside of an event at the University of Toronto (shown below). In the first two years, the video gained over 750,000 views and 23,400 comments. The same day, Redditor Kamen935 submitted the video to the /r/videos[1] subreddit, which received more than 2,600 votes (74% upvoted) prior to being archived.



    Reputation

    Threats

    On April 15th, the feminist news blog Manboobz[2] (now called “We Hunted the Mammoth”), published an article reporting that Binx had been doxxed by online critics and was receiving death threats from anonymous sources.



    Criticism and Remixes

    On April 17th, 2013, YouTuber bane666au uploaded a video titled “Meet Chany Binx (Big Red) Reminist and hypocrite,” which featured 2012 footage of Binx yelling at a street preacher in downtown Toronto (shown below, left). On August 20th, an entry for “Big Red” was created on the Internet culture wiki Encyclopedia Dramatica.[5] On April 25th, YouTuber spector969 uploaded a electronic dance music remix featuring samples of Binx (shown below, right).



    On September 21st, 2014, Redditor tt12345x submitted a photograph of Binx to the /r/punchablefaces[4] subreddit, where it gained over 2,200 votes (96% upvoted) in the first two months (shown below).



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 12/05/14--16:21: The Diva Kid
  • About

    The Diva Kid is the nickname of Brendan Jordan, a teenager who rose to fame online after a video featuring his Lady Gaga-inspired dance moves in the background of a live news broadcast began circulating on YouTube in October 2014.

    Origin

    On October 11th, 2014, YouTuber xbatusai uploaded a video titled “Kid goes full diva on live tv,” featuring footage of a young boy performing various Lady Gaga-inspired dance moves in the background of a live CBS news broadcast from the Downtown Summerlin shopping center in Las Vegas, Nevada (shown below). In the first three months, the video gained over 4.1 million views and 2,000 comments.



    Spread

    The same day, YouTuber Justine David uploaded a video titled “Brendan Jordan the dancing diva at Downtown Summerlin grand opening,” featuring additional footage of Jordan dancing in the background of a news broadcast (shown below).



    On October 28th, the Crush Las Vegas video uploaded an interview with Jordan, who explained how to perform his “stank face” (shown below, left). On November 4th, Jordan uploaded a video on his new YouTube channel, in which he answered questions sent by fans (shown below, right).



    American Apparel Deal

    On November 28th, 2014, Jordan uploaded a video titled “Brendan Jordan – #AAHAUL,” in which he promoted the “Black Friday”: sale for the “American Apparel”;http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/american-apparel-advertisements clothing retailer (shown below).



    On December 5th, 2014,



    Search Interest

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  • 12/06/14--18:08: Jaws Poster Parodies
  • WORKANDRESEARCH IN PROGRESS


    About

    Jaws Poster Parodies refers to parodistic imitations of the iconic poster of the 1975 thriller film Jaws. It typically consists of replacing the swimmer and/or the shark with a well-known character, complete with a name pun on the word “Jaws”.

    Origin

    The original Jaws movie poster was created in 1975 by artist Roger Kastel to advertise the release of the film.[1] Featuring an image of a shark surging upwards through the water towards an oblivious swimming woman with the word Jaws printed above in bold red letters, it has become an iconic example of advertising.



    Spread

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Jaws

    [2]


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  • 12/07/14--15:49: The Road to El Dorado
  • Work in progress


    About

    The Road to El Dorado is an animated musical adventure comedy film directed by Eric “Bibo” Bergeron and Don Paul, produced by DreamWorks Studios, and released on March 31, 2000.

    History

    Reception

    The film was met with lukewarm reception upon release. It was a box office bomb, earning only $76 million on a $95 million budget.[2] It currently holds a rating of 48% of Rotten Tomatoes,[3] indicating mixed reviews, and a score of 6.8 on IMDb.[4]

    Fandom

    The Facebook page[1] for the movie has more than 75,000 likes as of December 2014.

    Related Memes

    Miguel’s Banjo



    Both is Good



    Search Interest

    External References


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    Overview

    Background

    On December 7 2014, several thousand people, were evacuated from a Hyatt hotel in suburban Rosemont when an “intentional” chlorine gas incident at the hotel, which was hosting the Midwest FurFest convention, sent 19 people to hospitals early Sunday.

    The incident happened around 12:40 a.m. at the Hyatt, at 9300 West Bryn Mawr Avenue in Rosemont, according to a statement from the Rosemont Public Safety Department. First responders were called to investigate a noxious odor that was spreading across the ninth floor of the hotel, where a high level of chlorine gas was discovered in the air, the statement said.

    Nineteen people were transported to nearby hospitals after complaining of nausea, dizziness and other medical problems, according to the statement. All people inside the building were temporarily evacuated and sheltered at nearby facilities, including the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

    Hazardous materials technicians found the source of the chlorine gas, what appeared to be powdered chlorine, in a stairwell at the ninth floor, according to a statement from police.

    Reference


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  • 12/08/14--02:07: If Lost, Return to X
  • About

    “If lost please return to X” is a phrase often found on shirts to indicate to onlookers that the person with the said shirt should be directed to another person (denoted by ‘X’,) if ever they are found to be missing. Often times, the shirt in question is coupled with another shirt that says “I am X,” which is a popular couple shirt to be drawn by artists in fandoms as a tribute to their ships. The latter phrase of the whole catchphrase is often worn by the ‘man of the relationship.’

    Origin

    The earliest known instance of the meme is in a post titled “If Lost Return to Rita” posted on October 12, 2012 on the website weknowmemes.com[1]. The post depicts an elderly couple wearing the couple shirt, where the old man is wearing the first line of the catchphrase whilst Rita, the elderly woman, is wearing the second line.

    Spread

    The same image was posted on FaadoIndia.com[2] titled “If Lost, Please Return,” on March 1, 2013. As of December 8, 2014, the post has garnered 211k Facebook likes and has been shared 96 times. The meme has then gained popularity on Tumblr[3] and Deviantart[4] as popular ships have been given shirts to wear.

    Notable Examples


    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]WeKnowMemes.com – If Lost Return to Rita

    [2]Faado India.com – If Lost Please Return

    [3]Tumblr – if lost return to


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  • 12/08/14--07:06: Keyhole Turtleneck
  • About

    Keyhole Turtleneck (Japanese: 胸開きタートルネック), also called “That Turtleneck” (例のタートルネック) or “That Sweater” (例のセーター) in the same manner of That Pool, is a sexy turtleneck sweater which chest is open. Triggered by a female cosplayer’s tweet on Twitter, it suddenly became to a new fetish item in the Japanese Otaku culture on December 2014.

    Origin

    On December 4th, 2014, a Japanese cosplayr Myako (みゃこ)[1] tweeted photos of a keyhole turtleneck sweater and she wearing it.[2] This turtleneck called as a catalog number CNT-124 was released by a Japanese fashion brand COMFILAX with the price of 5,500 yen without tax. This tweet by famous sexy cosplayer was immediately shared on the social web. It had earned over 40,000 retweets and 30,000 favorites within its first 5 days.

    Fetishisms of “Breasts Sack” and “Ribbed Sweaters”

    On the background of this craze of Keyhole Turtleneck, there are 2 pre-existing otaku fetishes or Moe trends that raised in the Japanese otaku culture in past few years: “Chichi Bukuro” (乳袋, lit. “Breasts Sack”) and “Tate-Seta” (たてセタ or 縦セタ), an abbreviation for “Tatesen Sētā” (縦線セーター, lit. “Vertical-Lined Sweaters”). The former, Breasts Sack, refers to an illustration style which depicts clothes line along with the shape of underboob. This came to be often featured in otaku illustrations after 2009. The latter, “TateSeta”, refers to a fetishism of ribbed sweaters which fits to big boob’s sexy lines and its vertical-lined textures emphasize it. The allure of ribbed sweaters, especially turtlenecks, became well-known by this term circa late 2011, and it has been a very popular item in the Breasts Sack fetishism. Nowadays, there are tons of illustrations for these fetishes on online illustrators communities such as pixiv[3] and Nico Nico Seiga.[4]



    Examples of Breasts Sack by Ribbed Sweater
    Left: Rinko Iori from Gundam Build Fighters | Right: Azusa Miura from THE iDOLM@STER

    Therefore, this online storm of this keyhole turtleneck was not completely new one, but partly derived from the ribbed sweater fetishism, and was boosted by people’s surprise to the fact that such item actually exists in real life.

    Spread

    Inspired by this sexy keyhole turtleneck, amateur, and even professional, illustrators began creating their own illustrations featuring or parodying it on Twitter[5], pixiv[6] and Nico Nico Seiga.[7] The amount of those illustrations had reached over 1 thousand within its first week. Additionally, Some of coplayers bought and took selfies with it.

    This online storm by the sexy turtleneck was covered by Japanese online gossip news media ITmedia[8][9] as well as English news blog RocketNews.[10]

    Various Examples

    Twitter Feed

    Editor’s note: This Twitter Feed may include mature contents.


    Search Interest

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos/illustrations listed in this section.


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  • 12/08/14--11:00: Wuant
  • About

    Wuant is the YouTube alias of Portuguese gamer Paulo Borges. He is known for his random videos.
    This youtuber is very famous in Portugal and Brazil.

    Online History

    Wuant creates his channel on January 11th 2012, his first videos are Minecraft, next to Minecraft he starts to make some horror games (Outlast), Day-Z, Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse and League of Legends.
    In 2013, Wuant starts to make random game plays with some cool language, starts to talk like an “alentejano” wich name is Zé and makes some videos of “WUANT NO…” wich can be Google, yahoo answers and happy wheels.
    He starts to make some G-MOD videos and GTA 4.
    In 2014, Wuant makes more videos of horror games and plays SimSimi, and make a serie of Octodad.
    He starts to make Happy Wheels Series and starts to show his father in some videos.
    In June 2014, Wuant starts to make more random videos of gamplays and simulations games and the series are extinted.
    Only in November 2014, Wuant starts to make a serie of Sims 4.
    Wuant starts to like Snoop Dogg things and starts to create things about Snoop Dogg in his videos.

    Search Interest
    http://www.google.com/trends/explore?hl=en-US#q=Wuant&cmpt=q
    http://www.google.com/trends/explore?hl=en-US#q=Wuant&gprop=images&cmpt=q
    http://www.google.com/trends/explore?hl=en-US#q=Wuant&gprop=youtube&cmpt=q


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    Overview

    Rolling Stone’s UVA Rape Story refers to the online backlash surrounding the pop culture magazine’s investigative report that sought to expose the gang rape of “Jackie,” then an 18-years-old freshman student at the University of Virginia, allegedly carried out by seven members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity on campus in the fall of 2012. Upon its print and online publication in November 2014, the validity of the victim’s claims as cited in the article soon came under intense scrutiny in the social media after the discovery of factual discrepancies and conflicting details in the accounts provided by the accuser and the fraternity.

    Background

    On November 19th, 2014, Rolling Stone[1] published a feature investigative article titled “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA" by staff reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely, which alleged that seven Phi Kappa Psi brothers at the University of Virginia brutally gang raped a female freshman student, who is only identified by her first name as “Jackie,” during a social gathering at their fraternity house held on the night of September 28th, 2012.

    Notable Developments

    University of Virginia’s Response

    On November 20th, the University of Virginia Interfraternity Council[7] (IFC) released a statement noting that an IFC officer had been interviewed by the Rolling Stone but that “the reporter elected not to include any of the information from the interview in her article.” On November 22nd, University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan announced that the University was suspending all fraternities on campus until January 9th, 2014.[6]

    Criticism

    On November 24th, Worth magazine editor in chief Richard Bradley[4] published a blog post titled “Is the Rolling Stone Story True?”, which questioned the story’s authenticity and comparing it to the 2006 Duke lacrosse case.[3] On November 27th, Slate[5] published an interview with Erdely, in which she claimed she was unable to contact the accused men for the story due to the fraternity’s “outdated” contact page. On December 2nd, Slate published an article titled “The Missing Men,” noting that Erdely refused to answer follow-up questions about the story. That day, The Washington Post[8] published an article titled “Rolling Stone whiffs in reporting on alleged rape,” which rejected Erdely’s excuse for not contacting the accused men:

    “The charge in this piece, however, is gang rape, and so requires every possible step to reach out and interview them, including e-mails, phone calls, certified letters, FedEx letters, UPS letters and, if all of that fails, a knock on the door. No effort short of all that qualifies as journalism.”

    Phi Kappa Psi’s Response

    On December 5th, the Virginia chapter of Phi Kappa Psi issued a press release, which claimed no fraternity member matched the description of the lifeguard in the story, denied having a social event during the weekend of September 28th, 2012 and revealed that their pledging and initiation periods took place during the spring semester (shown below).



    Rolling Stone’s Apology

    On December 5th, 2014, Will Dana, the managing editor of Rolling Stone,[2] issued an official response in an article titled “A Note to Our Readers, in which Dana apologized to the readers on behalf of the magazine for their admitted oversight on fact-checking and failure to include any account or statement from the alleged assaulters (shown below). On December 7th, Rolling Stone updated the apology letter with a full acknowledgment of their mistake by stating “these mistakes are on Rolling Stone, not on Jackie.”

    “In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced… Because of the sensitive nature of Jackie’s story, we decided to honor her request not to contact the man she claimed orchestrated the attack on her nor any of the men she claimed participated in the attack for fear of retaliation against her. In the months Erdely spent reporting the story, Jackie neither said nor did anything that made Erdely, or Rolling Stone‘s editors and fact-checkers, question Jackie’s credibility.”

    News Media Coverage

    In the coming days, several news sites published articles criticizing Rolling Stone for its poor journalistic practices and for blaming a source for their own errors, including Fortune,[9] Washington Post,[10] The New Yorker,[11] Fox News[12] and The Daily Mail.[13]

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  • 12/08/14--13:36: Andy Tate
  • About

    Andy Tate is a eccentric fan of the English Football/Soccer Team Manchester United, who became famous after his rants on the team’s play and management became the newest use for Vine remixes.

    Origin

    Andy Tate first became noticed on the Youtube channel ‘FullTimeDEVILS’ in which his first video gained 630,000 views in 11 months and his second over 1 million in 8 months

    Spread

    After a while Andy’s funny and loud comments became the joke of Vine remixes, seen here:

    Personal Life

    After saying on one of his interviews that he would like to work at the English supermarket chain Home Bargains to which the supermarket gave him a job offer to work for them to which you can see him working hard here:

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  • 12/08/14--14:53: Sad Joe Biden
  • About

    Sad Joe Biden is a series of humorously captioned images based on a photograph of United States Vice President Joe Biden staring out a window during a summit between the U.S. president Barack Obama and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the White House in September 2014.

    Origin

    On September 18th, 2014, Getty Images photographer Oliver Douliery photographed Biden staring pensively out a window at the White House.



    “US Vice-President Joe Biden looks on during a bilateral meeting between President Obama and President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine in the Oval Office of the White House September 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. The two leaders held a bilateral meeting to discuss a strategic aid package for Ukraine for its battle with pro Russian separatists.”

    On December 6th, 2014, Twitter user Michael Doran[2] tweeted the photo, inviting followers to post captions of Biden’s internal monologue.



    Spread

    On December 6th, Twitter user @Popehat[7] tweeted the photo with a quote uttered by the character Tuco in the 1966 Spaghetti Western film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (shown below, left). The following day, Twitter user Rachel Zarrell[8] posted the photo with the caption “but did adnan do it tho?” (shown below, right). .



    Several minutes later, the BuzzFeed Twitter[3] feed urged followers to caption the photo (shown below, left) On December 8th, Twitter user Vince Coglianese tweeted a photoshopped image of Biden looking at the window next to the character Clark Grisworld from the 1989 comedy film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (shown below, right). In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the Twitter captions, including The Daily Dot,[4] Today[5] and The Washington Post.[6]



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 12/09/14--11:23: Plebcomics
  • About

    Plebcomics is a webcomic blog which often mocks stereotypes associated with overly hostile members of the Tumblr social justice community. In December 2014, the creator of the series was doxxed, which she claims resulted in the loss of her job.

    History

    The creation date of the Plebcomics[1] Tumblr is unknown due to the mass removal of posts that occurred in December 2014 after the blog was purportedly hacked.[9] On March 9th, 2014, Redditor hydra877 posted a Plebcomics comic mocking hypocritical fat acceptance activists to the /r/TumblrInAction[6] subreddit, where it gathered more than 800 votes (96% upvoted) prior to being archived (shown below).



    On August 24th, Redditor SunAtNight submitted a Plebcomic criticizing a crowdfunding campaign by feminist videoblogger Anita Sarkeesian to the /r/TumblrAtRest[10] subreddit (shown below).



    On October 29th, Redditor Greyathus submitted a Plebcomics webcomic mocking the GamerGate Wikipedia article to the /r/KotakuInAction[5] subreddit, where it gained over 1,200 votes (91% upvoted) in the first two months.



    Creator Doxxed

    On December 7th, 2014, the Plebdox Tumblr[4] blog was launched, which posted the personally identifiable information of the Plebcomics creator. That day, the Plebcomics creator’s personal blog “AbbySucks”[3] announced that she had been “forced to resign” from her job due to people contacting her employer.



    After regaining control of the site that day, over 30 comics were reuploaded, including illustrations mocking overweight racists (shown below, left), misogynistic men’s rights activists (shown below, middle) and hypocritical “social justice warriors” (shown below, right). On December 8th, threads about the doxxing were submitted to the /r/KotakuInAction[7] subreddit and the /co/[8] (comics & cartoons) board on 4chan.



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  • 12/09/14--13:42: Turnt
  • About

    “Turnt”, a variation of the word “turned,” is a slang term for the feeling of being excited to participate in a party of other social event often centered around intoxication.

    Origin

    On August 2nd, 2005, Urban Dictionary[1] user Erica Peters submitted an entry for “turnt,” defining it as the state of being “horny,” “drunk,” “f*cked up” or “crunk.”

    Spread

    On October 18th, 2008, Urban Dictionary user KayBee(LD) submitted an entry for the phrase “turnt up,” defining it as “getting drunk” or “getting loose.” On November 26th, 2009, rapper Lupe Fiasco released the track “Turnt Up” on his mixtape Enemy of the State: A Love Story (shown below, left). On January 2nd, 2010, rapper Soulja Boy released “All the Way Turnt Up” as the first single for his debut album Ready Set Go! (shown below, right).



    On May 21st, 2013, the track “Turnt” by The Dream featuring Beyonce and 2 Chainz was released (shown below, left). On May 14th, the pop culture blog Pop Dust[3] published an article titled “Everything You Need to Know About ‘Turnt’”, which chronicled the word’s history in hip hop music. On December 17th, Reach Records released the music video for rapper Lecrae’s track “I’m Turnt,” which celebrates the ability to party without consuming drugs and alcohol (shown below, right).



    On March 13th, 2014, the DJSnakeVEVO YouTube channel uploaded the music video for the track “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon, in which several residents in an apartment building burst through the floors below them while performing violently sexual dance moves (shown below, left). On June 24th, BuzzFeed[4] published a compilation of photos and videos titled “21 People Who Are Way Too Turnt.” On September 27th, Saturday Night Live aired a parody erectile dysfunction medication commercial titled “Cialis Turnt” (shown below, right).



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Urban Dictionary – turnt

    [2]Urban Dictionary – turnt up

    [3]Pop Dust – Everything You Need to Know About Turnt

    [4]BuzzFeed – 21 People Who Are Way Too Turnt


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  • 12/09/14--19:14: Monster Girls
  • W.I.P. Help welcomed.




    About

    Monster Girls are a special type of Gijinka (擬人化) / Humanization where the anthropomorphic character is a mix between a creature (both real and fictional) and a human. The human is usually a female, though some rare male examples exist. Monster Girls can also refer to moe versions of already existing monsters, such as vampires or trolls. Fetishism of monster girls is referred to as teraphilia, and is a common form of internet paraphilia.

    Definition

    Since monster girl is such a broad and vague term, creators and fans often argues about its clear definition.
    The general consensus is that a monster girl is a mix between a human being and a monster or an animal.
    Most of them are an human torso on the top of a monster bottom body. One of the general rule is to keep the face and torso area human, with exception of cyclops and something spider, who get either only one eye or more of them.
    Also, independent and more mainstream genre like Succubus and Cat Girls are sometime excluded.

    The umbrella terminology of monster girl can include certain types of personifications of monsters from video games, movies, books and so forth. Mythological creatures such as fox girls or other types of humanoid creatures are often included and so forth. However while succubus and nekomimi/cat girls are mainstream it is common for succubus and cat girls to be included.

    History



    While the origins of the modern Monster Girl can be debated the idea of non-human suductresses can be traced back to antiquity. Many ancient cultures, such as the Greeks, have tales of men (and women) being seduced by mythical and mystical creatures. Even in the eastern hemisphere there are mythological stories about would be considered monster girls seducing individuals such as the Gumiho, a fox who lore wise lived to a thousand years and gained the ability to shape shift into human form or it can become human by not killing humans for a thousand days or other means.

    Majors Type of Monster Girls

    Although Monster Girls come in many forms these Girls presented have the largest sub-species count and can be seen as the “parent” group. However be aware that these only represent the most popular niches of the monster girl umbrella terminology; there are well over thousands of different types based anywhere from mythology to personification of popular media and so forth.

    Harpy



    A harpy are a mix of a human and a bird. They usually have bird legs instead of humans legs and wings instead of arms. They almost always lays eggs. They are one of the most famous and representative monster girls, second only to lamia.

    Lamia



    A lamia is composed of an human torso and the tail of a snake. It may also come with a forked tongue. It is seen as the most popular monster girls and is often used to represent the whole genre, similar to how ‘Space Invaders’ is representive of video games.

    Centaur



    A centaur is a human torso implanted on the neck of a horse. They are more commonly seen outside the fandom in mythology than in the fandom.

    Arachne



    Also know as spider girl, an arachne is a human torso on top of what would be the spider’s head or sometimes the abdomen. They sometimes have multiple eyes similar to the many eyes of a real spider. The mandible of a real spider are almost always absent if the torso is on the head.

    Works Focused on Monster Girls

    Daily Life with Monster Girl

    Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou, or more commonly called Monster Musume, is a Japanese manga created by Okayado. The story is set in modern day Japan; the backstory is that monster girls have been known to be true for a undescript amount of time in a undescript nation and have been revealed to the public as existing. The main character, Kurusu Kimihito, is a “volunteer” for a homestay with Miia, a lamia, but over time more and more monster girls come to live with her and they wish to be with him, basically it’s a harem comedy.

    Monster Girl Encyclopedia

    The Monster Girl Encyclopedia is an data base about all the Monster Girls (know as Manamo) created by the Japanese artist know as Kenkou Cross. Monster girls profile are posted on his site (NSFW) and are released as books, along with the books describing the setting. The setting is that of a undescript mythological land being taken over by essentially culturally assimilating other nations into it by using monster girls to seduce people; the backstory is that of a fictional documentary writer cataloging the different types of monster girls.

    Monster Girl Quest

    Monster Girl Quest is a Japanese erotic visual novel that has gained a sizable fandom thanks to its graphic sex scenes and it’s non-generic storyline.

    The story in monster girl quest follows the hero Luka and the lamia Alice Fateburn. The backstory is that the goddess of their world, Ilias, commands her worshippers to slay the lord of the monsters and to slay monster girls. Luka, contrary to his goddess’ commands, wishes for there to be peace as that the monster girls and humans have been in constant on and off again wars for a thousand years. He travels to other countries to find out that the situation isn’t as metaphorically black and white between the humans and monsters as he initially thought. In some places of the world monsters are kept as unpaid servants, in others humans are metaphorical cattle. The story takes a turn and the true story is revealed at the site of Remina; a destroyed city where both monsters and humans lived peacefully that both sides blame each other for the destruction of.

    Monster girl quest was such a hit that a sequel called “monster girl paradox” is slated to come out at a later date. The immediate difference is that it no longer will be a visual novel and instead will be a fully fledged game whose gameplay so far is massively resembling of fire emblem.

    30 day monster girl challenge

    The thirty day monster girl challenge is a art challenge originating from deviantart in which participants draw at least one monster girl a day for 30 days as a art challenge.

    Reception

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    Fandom

    The fandom largely remains to be a subniche fandom, but is growing in popularity. There’s fan songs that have been made, costumes, fan content and so forth. Over the last couple years it has been slowly been moving from a subniche to it’s own fandom and has grown fairly large with plenty of content created by individuals.

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    About

    Javert, also known as Javert your eyes, refers to a series of photoshopped GIFs and still images consisting of Javert, the main antagonist of Les Misérables, staring through a window with a distressed look on his face. Many of the images are accompanied by captions, typically setting up the image as the punchline in a My Face When joke. It has recently become extremely popular on Imgur, and has been compared to dick butt due to many instances of people hiding Javert in their images.

    Origin

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    The original GIF has existed for quite some time on Imgur, used as a My Face When reaction image. It is derived from a scene featuring the character Javert, played by Russell Crowe, from the 2012 historical drama film Les Misérables directed by Tom Hooper.[1]

    Spread

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    [1]Wikipedia – Les Misérables

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  • Overview

    2014 Sony Pictures Hack refers to a cyberattack which compromised the Sony Pictures entertainment company’s computer network in late November 2014, resulting in the leak of several unreleased films and confidential information regarding Sony staff.

    Background

    The Interview

    On June 11th, 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s official YouTube channel uploaded the first teaser trailer for the film The Interview. The film follows a talk show host and his producer, played by James Franco and Seth Rogen respectively, who are hired by the CIA to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un after the two arrange an interview with him. Within six months the trailer gained over 7.4 million views.



    On June 25th, a representative for the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement[2] about the film, saying:

    “If the United States administration tacitly approves or supports the release of this film, we will take a decisive and merciless countermeasure.”

    The same day, Seth Rogen[1] tweeted a joking response to the threat. In less than 48 hours, the tweet received over 8,000 favorites and over 5,000 retweets.



    Sony Pictures Entertainment Hack

    In late November 2014, weeks before the box office premiere of The Interview, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s online database was hit by critical cyberattacks from a group of hackers who identified themselves as the Guardians of Peace (GOP), leading to the leak of private corporate data at an unprecedented volume in the tens of terabytes in early December. Among other things, the leaked data included many scripts and screeners of recently released or upcoming films to be distributed by the studio, including Fury, Annie, Still Alice, Mr. Turner and To Write Love On Her Arms, as well as the personally identifiable information and corporate profiles of over 6,000 employees.



    Notable Developments

    North Korea Denies Involvement

    On December 4th, North Korean officials released a statement denying any involvement in the cyberattack, though one of them implied that the hack “might [have been] a righteous deed” of its supporters or sympathizers. Also on December 4th, researchers at the computer security firm AlienVault revealed that the computer that compiled the malware responsible for compromising the Sony network was written using Korean characters.[5]

    Email Threats

    On December 5th, Variety reported that Sony employees were receiving mass threatening emails, purportedly from the hackers who carried out the cyberattacks.

    “Please sign your name to object the false (sic) of the company at the email address below if you don’t want to suffer damage. If you don’t, not only you but your family will be in danger.”

    Franco and Rogen SNL Sketch

    On December 6th, The Interview actors James Franco and Seth Rogen appeared on Saturday Night Live, where they joked that hackers had leaked humorous and embarrassing photos of each other in compromised positions (shown below).



    Guardians of Peace Statement

    On December 8th, the GOP created a Github[6] page, which demanded that Sony stop showing the “movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the war,” in reference to The Interview. In addition, 2.7 gigabytes of files were released by the group.

    Leaked E-Mails

    Included in the 2.7 gigabytes of files were emails from Sony Pictures Television president Stephen Mosko and Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal. On December 9th, Gawker[4] reported on leaked emails between Pascal and film producer Scott Rudin, in which the two argue about an upcoming Steve Jobs biopic and the ego of actress Angelina Jolie, whom Rubin referred to as a “minimally talented spoiled brat.” Additionally, The Wall Street Journal reported that several of Pascal’s leaked emails revealed that Sony planned on making a crossover film between the comedy film series Jump Street and Men in Black.

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