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  • 02/03/15--12:03: Nationwide Dead Kid
  • About

    Nationwide Dead Kid refers to the child character featured in the Super Bowl XLIX commercial for the American insurance company Nationwide in which a young boy lists a series of things he will never be able to experience in life before revealing that he was killed in an accident. Upon its airing in early February 2015, the commercial was met by mixed reactions online, with many on Twitter criticizing and mocking its emotionally exploitative premise.

    Origin

    During Super Bowl XLIX held on February 1st, 2015, the insurance company Nationwide released a commercial titled “Make Safe Happen,” in which a boy laments that he will never “ride a bike,” “get cooties,” “learn to fly,” “travel the world” or “get married” because he “died from an accident” (shown below). Within 72 hours, a YouTube upload of the commercial gained over 4.9 million views and 5,400 comments.



    Spread

    That evening, Redditor MerMista submitted the commercial in a post titled “Darkest Super Bowl ad ever?” to the /r/videos[2] subreddit, where it garnered upwards of 3,500 votes (79% upvoted) in the first 48 hours. Meanwhile, comedian Patton Oswalt posted several jokes about the commercial on Twitter (shown below).



    Also on February 1st, Twitter user Jared Smith tweeted a screen captured image of the boy with the caption “I would have run it with Lynch / but I died,” mocking the Seattle Seahawks for failing to make a final play using the team’s star running back Marshawn Lynch (shown below). Within two days, the tweet gathered more than 20,600 retweets and 15,700 favorites.



    Shortly after, other Twitter users posted additional captioned versions of the Nationwide screen capture (shown below).[6][7][8]



    On February 2nd, Redditor Nevek_Green submitted a Scumbag Steve image macro criticizing Nationwide for being dishonest in the commercial to the /r/AdviceAnimals[4] subreddit (shown below). In less than 24 hours, the post gained over 2,700 votes (88% upvoted). The same day, the news sites Daily Mail[9] and Bustle[5] highlighted notable image macros mocking the ad.



    Nationwide Press Release

    In response to the online backlash for the commercial, Nationwide[3] issued a press release claiming that the purpose of the commercial was to raise awareness about childhood death due to injuries occurring in the home.

    “Preventable injuries around the home are the leading cause of childhood deaths in America. Most people don’t know that. Nationwide ran an ad during the Super Bowl that started a fierce conversation. The sole purpose of this message was to start a conversation, not sell insurance. We want to build awareness of an issue that is near and dear to all of us--the safety and well being of our children. We knew the ad would spur a variety of reactions. In fact, thousands of people visited MakeSafeHappen.com, a new website to help educate parents and caregivers with information and resources in an effort to make their homes safer and avoid a potential injury or death. Nationwide has been working with experts for more than 60 years to make homes safer. While some did not care for the ad, we hope it served to begin a dialogue to make safe happen for children everywhere.”

    Notable Examples




    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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    About

    I Wish I Could Talk to Ponies is an exploitable 4-panel webcomic featuring a young girl who wishes that she could speak to a pony, but upon its fulfillment, the talking animal blurts out a blunt or insensitive statement that leaves her disappointed and upset.

    Origin

    On February 21st, 2014, illustrator Jim Benton[7] posted an original comic on Reddit in which a young girl is granted the power to speak with ponies by a magical fairy. In the final panel, a pony is shown tormenting the girl by asking her “why are you so ugly all the time” (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post gained over 2,000 votes (95% upvoted) on the /r/funny[1] subreddit.



    On November 8th, Redditor CloudCollapse posted an Imgur gallery featuring an exploitable template of the comic (shown below) along with several customized examples, purportedly collected from the /b/ (random) board on 4chan. In two months, the post accumulated upwards of 1,600 votes (90% upvoted) and 40 comments on the /4/chan[4] subreddit.



    Spread

    The same day, Redditor Sir-SmokesALot submitted a version of the webcomic titled “Things a pony would say,” in which the horse informs the girl that “jet fuel can’t melt steel beams” in reference to an argument made by conspiracy theorists who claim that the September 11th, 2001 attacks were orchestrated by the United States government (shown below, left).[2] On November 16th, Redditor Corruptacy posted a version in which the pony says “Hitler did bring up some pretty valid points” (shown below, right).[3] In two months, the posts gathered more than 4,400 votes (92% upvoted) and 1,200 votes (82% upvoted) on /r/funny respectively.



    On July 27th, Redditor Nodebunny posted another version in an /r/funny[6] post titled “Be Careful What You Wish For” (shown below, left). On December 13th, IGN Forums[5] member SkywardNord submitted a comic in which the pony says the Islamic Arabic expression “Allahu Akbar” (shown below, right).



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References


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  • 02/04/15--15:09: Revenge Porn
  • About

    Revenge Porn refers to any sexually explicit content that is shared on the Internet without the consent of the subject pictured within. The practice is typically associated with those who seek to publicly shame ex-partners by leaking their intimate photos for strangers, friends and family members to see.

    Origin

    In the 1980s, the adult magazine Hustler ran a monthly feature titled “Beaver Hunt,” which featured reader-submitted photographs of nude women, some of whom subsequently sued the magazine for publishing the photos without their consent. In 2000, Italian researcher Sergio Messina coined the term “realcore” for pictures and video of ex-partners that were shared in Usenet groups.[1]

    Spread

    In 2008, the pornographic video site XTube claimed it was receiving weekly complaints from people claiming their exes had posted their sexually explicit videos for revenge. In 2010, housepainter Joshua Ashby from New Zealand was sent to prison for logging into his ex-girlfriend’s Facebook account and posting a nude photograph of her that remained online for 12 hours.[2]

    Is Anyone Up?

    In August 2010, founder Hunter Moore launched his adult media submission site Is Anyone Up?, featuring photographs and videos of anyone of legal age uploaded to the site, often including musicians and fans of the hardcore music genre. The site came under fire for frequently hosting nude photographs of women along with their full names and Facebook profiles. In April 2012, Is Anyone Up? was taken offline when Moore sold the site to an anti-bullying charity.

    End Revenge Porn

    In August 2012, the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative launched the EndRevengePorn.org[4] site as part of an effort to criminalize the act of distributing sexually explicit media without the subject’s consent.



    U Got Posted

    In 2012, San Diego resident Kevin Bollaert launched the revenge porn website UGotPosted, which received over 10,000 anonymous image submissions until the site was shutdown in December 2013 after Bollaert was charged with 31 felony counts. In February 2015, Bollaert was found guilty of identity theft and extortion by a San Diego County Superior Court jury, marking the first conviction of a revenge-porn site operator.[3]

    The Fappening

    In August 2014, hackers leaked a large collection of celebrity nude photographs in an event known as “The Fappening”, which has been considered by some to be an example of revenge porn although the leak was orchestrated by hackers instead of jilted ex-partners.

    Legal Status

    In January 2014, Israel passed a law classifying revenge porn as a sex crime punishable by up to five years in prison. As of February 2015, 13 states in the United States have enacted laws against revenge porn, inlcuding Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

    Search Interest

    External References


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    About

    Bill Clinton Records/Bill Clinton Swag is an exploitable meme using an image template of former U.S. President Bill Clinton with several vinyl albums. The original image was a photoshop taken from an article by The Onion back in 1999.

    Origin

    The original image was created by the satirical news website The Onion, for an article entitled Clinton Writes Fan Letter to Joan Jett".[1] The fake article details how then President Bill Clinton wrote a letter to 80’s rockstar Joan Jett, and describes him as a devoted fan. Included in the article was a photoshopped image of Clinton sitting on the floor and holding a vinyl version of the Joan Jett and The Runaways album, “I Love Rock and Roll”, while listening to a record player through a set of and headphones, and surrounded by several other Joan Jett albums.


    Spread

    The image has been used in 4chan’s /mu/ board as a way of showing a user’s four favorite albums: each album in the image being replaced by the user’s own albums. The earliest known instance of this was in a /mu/ thread from September 26th, 2012.[2] In May of 2013, the website Bill Clinton Swag was created.[3] The site allows users to select four albums from a search bar, and generates a new version of the image for them. The site was featured in an article on Buzzfeed,[4] and has been used in threads on Reddit,[5] Rap Genius,[6] Metafilter,[7] and Vocamania.[8]

    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]The Onion – Clinton Writes Fan Letter to Joan Jett

    [2]4chan – tfw you will never have listening session of your favorite records with Bill Clinton

    [3]Web Archive – BillClintonSwag

    [4]Buzzfeed – Bill Clinton’s Got Swag

    [5]Reddit – This site produces a picture of Bill Clinton holding your favourite albums

    [6]Rap Genius: Put the last 4 albums u listened to in the bill clinton swag generator

    [7]Metafilter – Bill Clinton Swag Generator

    [8]Vocamania – Funny Favourite Albums Generator


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  • 02/05/15--07:16: Robert Mugabe Fall
  • About

    Robert Mugabe Fall is a photoshop meme featuring a picture of the President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe falling down a step on his way to give a speech in Harare, Zimbabwe.

    Origin

    On February 4th, 2015, Mugabe stumbled while walking down a series of steps on his way to give a speech at the Harare International Airport (shown below).



    Shortly after, the Associated Press[4] (AP) released a photo of Mugabe taken mid-fall (shown below). That day, the news site News Day[3] published an article about the incident, reporting that other photojournalists were “forced to delete” their pictures of the president falling.



    Meanwhile, Twitter user Sim Kaheru[5] posted the AP picture with an added speech bubble containing the caption “Nobody move! I saw it first!” along with the hashtag #MugabeFalls (shown below).



    Spread

    Later that day, additional Twitter users posted various photoshops featuring a cutout Mugabe from the AP photo superimposed into other base images (shown below).[7][8]



    Also on February 4th, Redditor raaabs submitted the photo to the /r/photoshopbattles[6] subreddit, where other Redditors replied with edited versions of the picture. The next day, the Zimbabwe Herald[12] published an article about the fall, which included a statement by Zimbabwe Information Minister Jonathan Moyo, who denied that the president fell:

    ‘’Nobody has shown any evidence of the president having fallen down because that did not happen. The hump on which the president tripped was formed by two pieces of the carpet which apparently had not been laid out properly where they joined. And to be honest with you, even Jesus, let alone you, would have also tripped in that kind of situation."

    In the coming days, several news sites highlighted notable examples of the photoshop meme, including The Washington Post,[9] Latin Times Pulse[10] and Mashable.[11]

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    References


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    You’ll Cowards Don’t Even Smoke Crack


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  • 02/05/15--17:01: Operation Disrespectul Nod
  • About

    Operation Disrespectful Nod is an email campaign organised and executed by supporters of the Gamergate movement, sending emails to various companies who advertised on the websites of specific online media companies.

    Background

    On August 28th, several news sites published articles calling for an end to the “gamer” cultural identity, including The Financial Post, Ars Technica, The Daily Beast, The Stranger, Beta Beat, Gamasutra, Polygon and Kotaku (shown below). On September 1st, journalists and independent developers involved in this published a signed open letter to the gaming community, asking gamers to end the harassment towards critics and developers.[3]



    In retaliation to this, in September 2014, GamerGate supporters began spreading instructions amongst themselves to email companies who advertised on specific websites that have somehow wronged the movement; such as Gawker Media, Kotaku, Polygon, Wired and TechCrunch; to protest about the sites’ criticisms of their perceived questionable ethical standards and criticisms of the GamerGate movement, which was later dubbed Operation Disrespectful Nod.[1][21] The name of the project is a play on *Nods Respectfully Towards You*, a parody gesture which managed to become a popular subject of parody following its posting in August 2014. The campaign followed a five step plan,[2] which paraphrased reads as follows:


    1. Select a company and one of its advertisors from the compiled list.

    2. Choose a complaint of interest related to the company’s ethical standards.

    3. Choose an article from the company you’re complaining about.

    4. Combine the first three steps into an email using a pre-written form (shown left).

    5. If there is no reply, show patience but persistence through follow up e-mails.

    Notable Developments

    Gamasutra

    On September 10th, 2014, Redditor endertargaryen submitted a post to the /r/KotakuInAction[5] subreddit, calling for gamers to email sponsors of the video game news blog Gamasutra in protest of an article written by staff writer Leigh Alexander titled “‘Gamers’ don’t have to be your audience. ‘Gamers’ are over.”[4] On October 1st, 8chan[6] user In ’N Out Chef submitted a post containing a screenshot of an email reply from an Intel customer support representative, who revealed that the tech company had pulled an ad campaign off Gamasutra after receiving complaints about the Alexander article (shown below). The same day, Redditor primalchaos submitted the email screenshot to the /r/KotakuInAction subreddit.[7]



    Intel’s actions were subsequently covered by various news outlets, such as The Verge,[8] Tech Times,[9]NPR[10] and Ars Technica.[11] On October 3rd, Intel[12] also released an official on its decision to discontinue its ad campaign on Gamasutra on their official blog (shown below).

    “We take feedback from customers seriously. For the time being, Intel has decided not to continue with our current ad campaign on the gaming site Gamasutra.”



    “However, we recognize that our action inadvertently created a perception that we are somehow taking sides in an increasingly bitter debate in the gaming community. That was not our intent, and that is not the case. When it comes to our support of equality and women, we want to be very clear: Intel believes men and women should be treated the same. And, diversity is an integral part of our corporate strategy and vision with commitments to improve the diversity of our workforce. And while we respect the right of individuals to have their personal beliefs and values, Intel does not support any organization or movement that discriminates against women. We apologize and we are deeply sorry if we offended anyone.”

    Gawker

    On October 16th, 2014, Gawker writer Sam Biddle posted a series of tongue-in-cheek tweets calling for a return of bullying[13] and promoting the shaming of nerds (shown below).[14] Although Biddle apologised for his tweets the next day,[15] the tweets were met with a large amount of negative replies.




    On October 17th, Mercedes-Benz took down its advertisements from Gawker after receiving numerous complaints about Biddle’s tweets, according to an official reply to the Washington Post by Mercedes.[16] Mercedes reinstated its campaign a few days later. Biddle also replied to the events through an article on Gawker[19] on October 20th. On October 21st, the official Twitter account for Adobe[17] posted that it had requested Gawker to remove their logo from the site (shown below). A day later, Gawker[18] released an article in reply to Gamergate’s actions, sharing that they had lost thousands of dollars due to Mercedes’ temporary advertising removal. A week later, on October 28th Adobe released an official reply regarding their tweet,[20] sharing that they weren’t an advertisor on Gawker and were mistakenly listed as one.




    Related: Operation UV

    in November 2014, another emailing campaign was launched under the name ‘Operation UV’. This campaign focused around emailing the US Federal Trade Comission (FTC) and ask from them to intervene against Gawker Media’s practices.[22] The FTC addressed specific issues[23] and following this created a new guideline for advertising,[25] of which it was later on noted that GamerGate was the driving force behind the change.[24]

    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]Gitgud – Operation Disrespectful Nod

    [2]Archive.today – @Tienajk

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

    [4]Gamasutra – Gamers Dont have to be your audience

    [5]Reddit – Gamasutra contact

    [6]8chan – Intel pulls ads

    [7]Reddit – Intel is pulling their ads off of Gamasutra due to shifts in editorial positioning

    [8]The Verge – Intel buckles to anti-feminist campaign by pulling ads from gaming site

    [9]Tech Times – GamerGate pressure prompts Intel to shelve ads early, will controversy ever subside

    [10]NPRAfter Pulling Ads, Intel Tries To Stay Out Of #Gamergate Debate

    [11]Ars Technica – Intel issues #GamerGate apology, still not advertising at Gamasutra

    [12]Intel Newsroom – Intel Issues Statement on Gamasutra Advertising

    [13]@Samfbiddle – Bring Back Bullying

    [14]@Samfbiddle – Nerds should be constantly shamed and degraded into submission

    [15]@Samfbiddle – I fucked it up, and I’m sorry!

    [16]The Washington Post – Inside Gamergate’s (successful) attack on the media

    [17]@Adobe – We are not an advertiser w/ Gawker.

    [18]Gawker – How We Got Rolled by the Dishonest Fascists of Gamergate

    [19]Gawker – The D-List Right-Wingers Who’ve Turned Gamergate Into Their Loser Army

    [20]Adobe Blogs – When Anti-Bullying Efforts Backfire

    [21]Gamergate Wiki – Projects: Operation Disrespectful Nod

    [22]Reddit – Important Update: The FTC Heard Our Complaints.

    [23]Reddit – FTC Update 2: Yes, the FTC is going to address the specific complaints of Operation UV

    [24]Reddit – Important FTC Update #4: FTC Confirms that, Yes, #OperationUV is Responsible for the New Guidance on Hidden Affiliate Links.

    [25]ftc.gov – .com disclosures – How to Make Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising


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  • 02/06/15--09:11: Wakfu / Dofus



  • About

    Dofus is a massive multiplayer online tactical role playing game edited and developed by French company Ankama and released in 2004. Set in the heroic-fantasy world of Amakna, the game recieved critical acclaim and encountered commercial success, due to the quality of its animation (made with Adobe Flash) and its easily-accessible gameplay.

    Wakfu is a sequel franchise to Dofus, set in the same universe, and still produced by Ankama. The franchise spawned a new MMORPG, released in 2012 (development however started in 2008), and an animated TV Series, that aired on the French national channel France 3 between 2008 and 2012. The show quickly became popular online for the quality of its flash-generated animations, and the comedic tone of its plot.

    History

    Dofus

    Dofus (Video Game) is the first installment of the franchise, developed by Ankama Studios and released on September 1st, 2004. The game is a turn-based tactical MMORPG, animated with Adobe Flash and running on both client and navigator. [1]

    The plot revolves around completing quests in the “Kingdom of the Twelve” located in the fictional heroic-fantasy world of Amakna, and taking part in the conflict between its two main cities. Players have access to sixteen different playable character races, each one forming a specific gameplay class.

    Game trailer:


    Gameplay footage:


    On 2008, the game reached 10 Million players, and gained several international awards since then[2].

    Since the release of the game, several spinoffs works were created:
    * Dofus arena (renamed as Arena Confrontation in 2011) a tactical turn-based fighting game set in the same world than Dofus. The game however closed in 2014. [3]
    * Dofus: the Treasures of Kerubim (Original title: Dofus: aux trésors de Kérubim in French) an animated TV series set 200 years before the events of the main game. The series consists of 52 episodes airing on French national TV channel France 3 since January 5th, 2013.

    Wakfu

    Wakfu is the sequel franchise to Dofus. The main installment of the franchise is the eponymous MMORPG, designed to replace Dofus. The game uses a similar gameplay system to its predecessor, and is set in the same fantasy universe, several centuries after the events of the first game. The game was announced in 2008 and released on February 29th, 2012. In America, it is published by Square Enix.



    [informations about the game are WIP]

    Wakfu: the animated TV series

    In parallel to the development of the game, Ankama produced an animated TV series adaptation. It spawned two seasons, three OVAs and two special episodes (one of them being produced in collaboration with Studio Ghibli in Japan) [4]. The plot of the show is set a few years after the events of the game.


    The main protagonists of the show. from left to right : Evangelyne, Tristepin (Sadlygrove), Yugo, Ruel, Amalia


    Plot and characters [may contain spoilers]

    The show follows the adventures of Yugo, a 12 year old child, last survivor of the race of the Eliatropes, on his quest to find his true family. As an Eliatrope, he has the magical power of creating “Zaap” portals, in a similar way to Valve’s eponymous videogame. Many friends join him during his quest, including:

    * Ruel Stroud, an elderly member of the race of the Enutrofs, and longtime friend of Yugo’s adoptive father. He is also a bounty hunter and former champion of gobbowl, the fictional sport played in Amakna. In the show, he is often described as greedy man, his money fetish being a subject of running gags.

    * Sir Percedal of Sadlygrove (original French name : “Sire Tristepin de Percedal”), nicknamed “Percy” or “Grovy” (“Pinpin” in French), a 16 year old warrior of the race of the Iop, brave and fierce fighter and main comic relief of the group. He is also a Shushu guardian, keeper of a demonic sword called Rubilax.

    * Amalia Sheran Sharm, princess of the people of Sadida (plant people). 13 years old, she fled her country to escape her royal duties, and decided to help Yugo in his quest after they met.

    * Evangelyne, nicknamed “Eva”, a 17 year old archer of the race of the Crâ, and bodyguard of Amalia. She quickly becomes the natural leader of the group due to her intelligence. She often uses her magical bow in fight.

    * Adamaï. Introduced during the second half of season 1, he is the draconic twin brother of Yugo.

    Spread

    The Wakfu animated series initially aired from 2008 to 2012 on France 3 on the kids program “Ludo”.

    On January 20th 2014, Ankama started a Kickstarter campaign in order to produce an English dub of the show. On February 19th, 2014, the project gained over 483 000 $, largely surpassing the initial goal of 80 000 $ required to fund the English dub of season 1[5].


    Official promotional video for the Kickstarter campain

    On September 2014, the show became available for streaming on Netflix, with both English and French version available[6].

    The rumors of the production of a third season of the show have never been confirmed either by Ankama or France 3.

    Popularity

    Due to the quality of its animation made in Flash, with a style very close to Japanese animation and due to the mature action /comedic theme of the series, rarely seen on French animated works, the show received overall positive critic feedbacks, most notably on IMDB and Netflix[7].

    The Franchise became also widely discussed online on several sites, including reddit [8]

    Fan art

    The popularity of the franchise spawned a wide range of fan-made works, most notably on sites like Tumblr[9] and DeviantArt[10], the latter one gathering 17 986 search results under the tag “Wakfu” and 17 132 results under the tag “Dofus”.









    Search interests

    External references

    [1]Wikipedia – Dofus

    [2]Ankama – history of Ankama studios

    [3]Wikipedia – Dofus Arena

    [4]TVTropes – Wakfu animated TV series

    [5]Kickstarter – Wakfu, the animated TV series

    [6]Nextimpact – Wakfu, série animée d’Ankama, va envahir le monde grâce à Netflix

    [7]IMDBWakfu

    [8]Reddit – /r/wakfu

    [9]Tumblr – Wakfu tagged posts

    [10]DeviantArt – Wakfu tagged fanarts


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  • 02/06/15--11:05: Mais ça c'était avant
  • About

    Mais ça, c’était avant is a catchphrase used by Krys, a chain of French opticians, as part of its advertising campaign. This sentence became widely used on the Internet as well as in other media, and inspired many parodies of the original campaign.

    Origin

    Krys is one of the main networks of opticians and eyeglasses retailers in France. In 2009, the company launched an advertising campaign on TV, in order to change its brand image.

    This campaign, created by the advertising company Agence H, is based on the sentence: Avant, j’avais/j’étais X – Mais ça c’était avant (which could be translated as: I used to have/be X – But that was before). It shows random people, who used to have a complex about some of their physical features, but who forget about their lack of self-confidence once they wear glasses. This logic is completed by a second catchphrase: Krys – Vous allez vous aimer (Krys – You are going to like yourself).



    (I used to be ugly, but that was before.)

    Soon after, the TV campaign was extended by a printed campaign, and, in 2011, by a new TV and print campaign, featuring celebrities.

    Spread

    On the Internet

    In December 2011, a montage showing a dog wearing sunglasses, with a spoof of Krys’s catchphrase, appeared on the pet-themed website Wamiz.com[1]. Then, in January 2012, Blogger user ArtVintageGallery uploaded, in a blog article about lipsticks, a picture with the Krys logo and the text “My lipstick used to flow – but that was before”[2].

    However, most parodies of the Krys ads didn’t appear until mid-winter 2012. The presidential election in France encouraged the creation of some of the parodies of the Krys ads, mocking Nicolas Sarkozy after his defeat (“I used to be the president – But that was before”)[3].

    A single-purpose Tumblr, named “Avant j’étais chez Krys” (I used to be a Krys customer), was created on January 27th, 2012. It collects, as of January 2015, 18 parodies[4].

    An other single-purpose blog, named “Mais Ça C’était Avant”, was created in February 2012 on the Over-Blog platform. It contains, as of January 2015, 57 parodies created by the blog’s editor[5].

    On YouTube, gospel singer Jerry Tabary uploaded several short video parodies[6]. On Facebook, pages named “Avant j’étais le président”[7] and “Avant j’étais blonde”[8] can be found.

    In other media

    The French satiric puppet show Les Guignols de l’Info created several parodies of the Krys commercials, targeting the president François Hollande[9], his government, or Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    Also, news outlets like to use the expression “mais ça c’était avant” on sport-themed, politics-themed, or light-hearted articles.

    Notable examples

    None uploaded yet.

    External references

    [1]pub lunettes Wamiz December 17, 2011

    [2]Avant mon RAL filait mais ça c’était avant January 5, 2012

    [3]Sarkozy parody

    [4]avantjetaischezkrys.tumblr.com

    [5]maiscacetaitavant.over-blog.fr

    [6]C’ÉTAIT AVANT on Jerry Tabary’s Youtube channel

    [7]Avant j’étais président, mais ça c’était avant on Facebook

    [8]Avant j’étais blonde. Mais ça, c’était avant on Facebook

    [9]La Crise, vous n’allez pas aimer (Les Guignols de l’Info) on YouTube


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  • 02/06/15--15:32: Somecallmejohnny
  • About

    Somecallmejohnny, or Juan “Johnny” Ortiz, is a Peurto Rican gamer who reviews various games, ranging from Sonic, Mario, and Metroid. His reviews are best known for their impartiality and indifference to the bandwagon. His style is typically that of the dry deadpan genre. As of 2015 he has over 148,000 subscribers.
    From time to time he will invite various friends or other reviewers to co-review with him including his younger step-brother Elliot Cancell, or his best friend Matt Metelli. He also has made guest appearances on popular LP channels including “Sonic’s Channel” and “Cobanermani456”.

    History

    In 2008, the channel originally began as a duo review series, known as SGB Reviews (SGB standing for Super Gaming Brothers), as they were reviewed by both Johnny and his aforementioned brother Elliot.

    However, eventually Elliot left, presumably due to the business of school and Johnny took over, renaming the series as Johnny vs. The World. However Elliot still makes guest appearances from time to time.

    Videos

    Reviews

    While most of his videos are isolated reviews, from time to time he’ll do a series of reviews from a given franchise including, these being “Month of Metroid”, “Month of Mario” (of which there have been two), or “Month of Sonic” (of which there have been three of, the latest being dubbed the Sonic Marathon as it did not fit into a month).

    Along with these are series reviews for Indie games or donated games by fans.

    Brainscratch Commentaries

    Johnny is also a member of the LP group known as Brainscratchcomms, along with Nayrman214 (Ryan Malis), SolarisParadox (Lewis Medeiros), and ExandShadow (Ted Weisen). The channel was originally conceived in 2009 by Ryan, who then pitched the idea to Lewis, who then invited John to come along, and much later Ted.

    The commentary group as of 2015 has 56K subscribers.

    SGBLikesToPlay

    Although Elliot no longer participates majorly on the reviews, he still takes full part on John’s personal LP channel, SGBLIkesToPlay. Playthroughs on this channel typically involve co-op LPs or competition games. Johnny’s aforementioned best friend Matt also is prominent on this channel, along with John’s second younger brother Mark.

    Animations

    Johnny also seldom makes animations featuring Sonic the Hedgehog. ranging from parody interviews or voice overs.


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  • 02/06/15--20:03: Awoo~
  • About

    Awoo~ is a phrase associated with the character Momiji Inubashiri from the Touhou Project series of video games, who has also been given the nickname “Awoo~” as a result of this. Unlike many other Touhou Project memes, it is most popular in Western circles as a form of shitposting, most notably on 4chan’s /s4s/ (Shit 4chan Says) board.

    Origin

    Momiji Inubashiri first appeared as a midboss in the tenth main series Touhou game, Mountain of Faith. [1] She is a white wolf tengu, a kind of Japanese mystic apparition analogous to the Western idea of goblins. Despite appearing in few other official Touhou media, Momiji proved to be a very popular character with the fanbase, ranking #21 most favorite Touhou Project character out of 159 in a 2014 popularity contest.[2]



    Precursor: WAN

    Likewise to “Awoo~”, WAN was a phrase similarly associated with Momiji Inubashiri. The first known use of associating Momiji with “WAN” comes from a 2010 Flash animation with various canine-based Touhou characters singing “Someone Else”, the opening theme to the anime Working!!. The joke comes from “one” being a homophone for “wan”, the Japanese onomatopoeia for a dog barking. Several years later in 2014, another Flash was created by a currently unknown animator, featuring a Gyate Gyate version of Momiji and the song “Wop” by American rapper J. Dash. The image of Momiji used in the second Flash became a form of shitposting sometime in the same year, although not to the extent that awoo~ did.



    Spread

    The earliest instance combining Momoji with “awoo” dates back to a Touhou thread posted in /s4s/ (Shit 4chan Says) thread on February 9th, 2014.[3] Two months later, on April 8th of that year, Momiji was first called “the awoo one” in a Momiji thread posted in the /s4s/ board, followed by an image reply of Momiji howling (shown below, left), eventually leading to Momiji being nicknamed “Awoo~” and turning into a form of shitposting.



    In July of 2014, a subreddit devoted to images of Momiji, /r/awoo, was created. “Awoo~” and its accompanying image feature prominently in the design of the subreddit.[4] As of February 2015, the sub-Reddit has more than 380 subscribers.

    Notable Examples


    Search Interest

    References

    [1]Touhou Wiki – Momiji Inubashiri

    [2]Touhou Wiki – THWiki Popularity Poll

    [3]4plebs – Awoo

    [4]Reddit – awoo

    [5]4plebs – Post the awoo one


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  • 02/07/15--02:36: Morning News
  • About

    “Morning News” s an exploitable generator on PhotoFunia[1]. The generator utilizes an uploaded image, and text feilds for an article heading and newspaper section to give the appearance that the generated content is in a newspaper. It is frequently used for Local Man Ruins Everything

    Origin

    The original Photograph was taken by Alexey Ivanov in 2012.

    Spread

    Various Examples




    External References

    [1]PhotoFunia – Morning News


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  • 02/07/15--06:28: Boku no Hero Academia
  • WIP. Feel free to request editorship


    About

    Boku no Hero Academia, translated as My Hero Academia, is a manga series created by Kōhei Horikoshi, and published in Shounen Jump. The story is set on a world where people with superpowers (known as “quirks”) are commonplace; following the life of Izuki Midoriya, a boy born without a quirk who wants to become a superhero.

    History

    Boku Hero no Academia’s serialization began in the 32nd issue of Shouned Jump, on July 7th, 2014 as part of “a special project”[1]. The first volume was released on November 4, 2014, selling its first week 71,575 copies.[4]

    Reception

    WIP

    Fandom

    WIP

    Sub-memes

    Asui Tsuyu / Frog Girl



    Asui Tsuyu (also known as Frog Girl) is a supporting character from the series, who has frog powers. Due her unique appearance, she is usually praised on 4chan boards like /a/[2][3].

    Search Interest

    External Links


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  • 02/07/15--07:35: Battlefield Series
  • About

    Battlefield is a series of First Person Shooters published by Electronic Arts TM and developed by Digital Illusions CE. The series focuses on online multiplayer combined arms combat featuring infantry, Aerial, Naval, and Ground Vehicles over a large, open ended maps and teamwork-focused gameplay.

    History

    Early Series

    Battlefield 1942 was released on September 10, 2002, and introducing the “Conquest” gameplay mode, in which players fought for “capture points” throughout the map, boasting a impressive 64 players available in one instance of gameplay, and creating it’s signature 6-string sting, which is now the ubiquitous theme for the series.
    Battlefield Vietnam, released in 2004, moved the setting to the Vietnam War, various gameplay improvements, such as firing personal weapons while seated in vehicles. It also marked the series’ first use of licensed soundtracks, utilizing such era-defining tracks such as The Trashmen’s Surfin’ Bird and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Fortunate Son .
    Battlefield 2 , released in 2005 takes place in the modern day, during a fictional war between the United States, China, and the fictional Middle Eastern Coalition. It was a commercial success, selling over 2,250,000 copies worldwide, A version of the game called Battlefield 2: Modern Combat was also released for consoles.
    Battlefield 2142 was released in 2006, taking place during a global ice age in the 22nd century, featuring science fiction weaponry, ordnance, and vehicles and battles between two giant “Titan” airships. This was the first game in the series to award players with the enemy’s dogtags after a successful melee kill.

    Modern Series

    Battlefield: Bad Company and Bad Company 2, released in 2008 and 2009 respectively, introduced a story driven, singleplayer experience to the series, following the infamous “B” Company’s AWOL escapades and their search for mercenary gold. This spin-off series features modern day weapons, as well as a variety of vehicles for land, air and sea. It also served as the tech demo for the Frostbite engine developed for the next generation of games, featuring improvements in all aspects of development including audio, animation, cinematics, scripting, artificial intelligence, physics, destruction, rendering, and visual effects.
    Battlefield 3 and 4 was released in 2011 and 2013 respectively, reintroducing several elements absent from the Bad Company games, including fighter jets, the prone position and 64-player battles on PC. and launched the next iteration of the Frostbite engine, allowing for larger-scale set pieces and enhanced destruction.
    Battlefield: Hardline is the next upcoming iteration of the series, moving away from military warfare to law enforcement and organized crime combat. Expected to release in 2015.

    Reception

    In 2012, Joystiq reports that the series has served over 50 million players[1], and over the course of 14 games and 17 expansions, has won hundreds of awards and accolades from major review sites, including GameSpot, Gameinformer, and GamePro.[2]



    Community Works and Parodies

    The series has spawned many works from the community and fanbase across the web, including stunt videos, machinima, and parodies, one of the earliest being “Mine!!!” by Snoken and Sudden[3] , a Battlefield 2 machinima uploaded on October 23, 2006, which has currently received 1.3 million views and over 13,000 upvotes.



    On December 8, 2011, Youtuber Stun_gravy uploaded a video entitled “Battlefield 3 – RendeZook”[4], which gained over 11 million views and over 35,000 comments. the impressive feat featured has also gained fame within the community with many reproductions around the internet.



    Battlefield Friends is a web animation series created by YouTube channel HankandJed[5] , which features comedy and parodies of many elements, features, and issues of the Battlefield series. The series was met with positive reception, Gaining 3 million views from it’s premiere episode and spawning numerous dubs.



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Joystiq – " Battlefield series celebrates 7 year anniversary: over 50 million served

    [2]EA – Battlefield 3 -- More than 60 Awards From Worldwide Press

    [3]YouTube – battlefield 2 Mine!!!! by Snoken and Sudden

    [4]YouTube – Battlefield 3 RendeZook

    [5]YouTube – Battlefield Friends by Hank and Jed


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  • 02/07/15--09:12: KrainaGrzybowTV


  • About

    KrainaGrzybowTV, also known as Mushroomland TV, KGTV and Kraina Grzybów is a Polish YouTube channel featuring 60’s themed videos well-known for nonsensological, foreign sentences and weird plot, telling the story of a mysterious place called Mushroomland. The videos include: Smile Guide’s, Mushroom Melodie’s and OST’s. Series present five main characters: Agatha, Maggie, Agatha’s Mom, Jeansman and Caroline.

    History

    On December 23, 2013, a group of people recognized as students, created an account on YouTube/Google+ named KrainaGrzybowTV[1][2]. The same day, a Poradnik Uśmiechu 1 – Jak skutecznie jabłko (Smile Guide 1 – How to succesfully apple) video was uploaded [3]. Up to date, the episode gained over 1 000 000 views. Shortly after, a official Facebook account was made [4]. On January 6, 2014, KrainaGrzybówTV uploaded Poradnik Uśmiechu OST– Czas Pracy (Smile Guide OST– Work Time) [5]and on February 4 Poradnik Uśmiechu OST– Zmartwienia (Smile Guide OST– Worries_) [6]. The second guide (_How to make from paper) made appearance 2 months after the first [7]. In a few months, third OST and first Mushroom Melodies Grzybowe Melodie – Ballada w Rytmie Dżins were done [8][9]. People also received a Smile Guide 3 promo teaser W Krainie Grzybów[10]. However, it was deleted by the creator. On May 21, a KrainaGrzybówTV website was established [11]. Through time, KrainaGrzybowTV was regularly posting fake screencaps and photos on Facebook. Past the Mushroom Melodies, channel took a 4 month hiatus, and made a comeback on September 18, in form of Poradnik Uśmiechu 4 – Jak swoje włosy (Smile Guide 4 – How to your hair) [12]. The digit was not a typo, it has been confirmed intentional by an older scheme [13]. Fourth OST from Smile Guide 4 was completed on November 3 [14]. On December 6, almost a full year after original Smile Guide, KrainaGrzybowTV has shown us a yet unexplained video To nie moje (It’s not mine) [15].

    Reception

    The channel has got around 2 500 000 views, 400 000 Google+ views, 300 observers and 30 000 subscriptions due to long waiting time. On Facebook, it has got about 65 000 likes and average of likes for post – 2000.

    Impact

    On May 8, 2014 a Polish YouTuber and critic NiekrytyKrytyk reviewed first two episodes of the show [16]. Two channels, KrainaX and SzopDemaskuje were focusing on Mushroomland’s theme, plot and sense [17][18]. On the website Paranormalne.pl 3 KGTV based threads were written, one closed [19][20]. On reddit, a /r/krainagrzybow/ was founded. It got 98 readers overall [21]. Also user Svajoklis93 founded a KrainaGrzybowTV unofficial wiki, both in English and in Polish [22]. On interia.pl, KG article gained 400 comments [23], on Polish derativate of reddit, wykop.pl article gained 40 comments [24], on Creepypasta Wiki– 200 [25] and on Dwutygodnik– 270 likes [26].

    2014 Agatha Identify Hoax

    On wykop.pl, user incorrectly identified Agatha as a Maria Curie-Skłodowska University student Diana Klimowicz [27].


    Riddles.pl

    There was a KGTV related thread originating from uminus.pl website [28]. Main character – Marcus Molibdenus had a related theme and KrainaGrzybowTV references. Then, bohrystrojka.vot,pl, redirected to bohrystrojka.pl concentrated on a Bohrys Mikołajewicz Helcyn character, based on russian president Borys Jelcyn, Wiktor Mikołajewicz Helcyn and Nadieżda Pietrowa Kuzniecowa [29][30]. The website featured and Agatha, Jeansman and Maggie calendar drawings and Maggie drawing on a mystery video note. Later, the same webpage was apparently “hacked” by Molibdenus, later revealed to be the same person. The author revealed himself as Plaster Rzeczywistości, the semi-creator of KrainaGrzybowTV [31]. The fact itself, is not confirmed. On December 19, 2014 a Bohrys related site was launched. It’s character’s name is Mrots Dnasedurad, a pun from Darude – Sandstorm, a well known meme [32].

    Teufel

    Teufel– aka devil, is a rumor based on a caption from Smile Guide 1, that Maggie the squirrel is actually a demon trying to abduct Agatha from her mom.


    Fandom

    On KG related posts, Facebook users posted fanarts, cosplay, reaction images and remixes. On YouTube people uploaded KGTV reveal videos and episode parodies.

    Exploitable comic

    On June 6, 2014, on Facebook, KrainaGrzybowTV posted an image with a “wytłumacz jej” (“explain to her”) postscript, which received over 160 comments with edits of the comic [33].



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]YouTube – KrainaGrzybowTV

    [2]Google+ – KrainaGrzybowTV

    [3]YouTube – Poradnik Uśmiechu 1 – Jak skutecznie jabłko

    [4]Facebook – KrainaGrzybowTV

    [5]YouTube – Poradnik Uśmiechu OST– Czas Pracy

    [6]YouTube – Poradnik Uśmiechu OST– Zmartwienia

    [7]YouTube – Poradnik Uśmiechu 2 – Jak zrobić z papieru

    [8]YouTube – Poradnik Uśmiechu OST– Na Złej Drodze

    [9]YouTube – Grzybowe Melodie – Ballada w Rytmie Dżins

    [10]YouTube – W Krainie Grzybów – zwiastun odcinka trzeciego

    [11]Koszulka.tv – KrainaGrzybowTV

    [12]YouTube – Poradnik Uśmiechu 4 – Jak swoje włosy

    [13]Facebook – codzienna pielęgnacja twarzy

    [14]YouTube – Poradnik Uśmiechu OST– Nowe Przebudzenie

    [15]YouTube – To nie moje

    [16]YouTube – Niekryty Krytyk ocenia: Kraina Grzybów

    [17]YouTube – KrainaX

    [18]YouTube – SzopDemaskuje

    [19]paranormalne.pl – Projekt ‘Kraina Grzybów’

    [20]paranormalne.pl – Zagadki nie dot. Krainy Grzybów

    [21]reddit – Kraina Grzybow

    [22]Wikia – Kraina Grzybow Wiki

    [23]Interia – Kraina Grzybów – największa tajemnica polskiego internetu

    [24]wykop.pl – Poradniki Uśmiechu (Kraina Grzybów) – rozwiązanie zagadki

    [25]Wikia – Creepypasta Wiki – Kraina Grzybów

    [26]Dwutygodnik – Kraina Grzybów

    [27]wykop.pl – Więcej o Agatce czyli Dianie i całej “ekipie” stojącej za KGTV

    [28]U- – U miNus Kraina

    [29]bohrystrojka.vot.pl – Bohrystrojka

    [30]bohrystrojka.pl – Bohrystrojka

    [31]Riddles.pl – Plaster Rzeczywistości

    [32]Mrots – Mrots Dnasedurad

    [33]Facebook – wytłumacz jej


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  • 02/07/15--12:36: Sad Violin
  • (WiP)

    About

    Sad Violin is a nickname given to the song Sad Romance from the soundtrack to the Korean drama Over the Green Fields, which is usually used during a sad or otherwise depressing event in montage parodies.

    Origin

    The song, originally titled “Sad Romance”, was written in 2002 by composer Ji Pyeongkeyon for the soundtrack of the Korean TV drama Over the Green Fields (저 푸른 초원위에) (shown below, left).[1] Pyeongekeyon also made a violin-heavier remix of the song (shown below, right), which has become the most well-known version, and the version used in montage parodies. Song is given as 2002 because that is when the soundtrack apparently came out.


    Spread

    The first known instance of the song on YouTube was on July 25th, 2007 when user elmo126 used the song as background music for a Final Fantasy X music video. As of 2015, the video has over 2,000,000 views and over 7,700 likes. As montage parodies became more popular on YouTube, use of the song became more frequent. On March 14, 2014, YouTuber Dankster Prankster uploaded a heavily distorted version, featuring the phrase “I crei everytime”. Since 2014, the video currently has 48,000+ views and 1,000 likes.



    An air horn version of the song (shown below) was first uploaded by Youtube user Baba Yetu. Despite being incomplete, (only about 21 seconds long) it is still used in montage parodies.



    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    References


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    About

    Check out My Mixtape and Check out My Mixtape Fam are phrases used in social media sites like twitter to mock the instrusiveness, as well as the quality of the music of artists (commonly rappers) asking people to listen to their music, which is normally compiled in a mixtape[1] format.

    The phrase is normally followed with images of a person being intrusive and annoying towards others.

    Another popular phrase is My Mixtape is Fire (fire being used to refer to someone rapping) which is followed by images of literal fires in different context.

    Origin

    W.I.P

    One of the earliest images date back to july 7, 2014, with the Daquan meme, in which a picture with the caption “No Daquan you can’t write the link to your mixtape on the board” was uploaded to twitter by account @YaBoyTabarius




    The same day a similar image mentioing Daquan´s mixtape as fire was uploaded by account @PerfectSceness




    Spread

    On November 14, 2014, Internet Personality Filthy Frank uploaded a video titled “BADINTERNETRAPPERS” (Shown Below) in which he parodies The behaviour of amateur rappers, and jokingly demonstrates the steps to becoming one, in the video he mentions his annoyance towards them shamelessly promoting their mixtape and soundcloud.

    After the video, both Phrases increased in popularity, with multiple tweets and captioned images.

    The Subreddit “r/BlackPeopleTwitter”[2] currently holds a number of examples of these images

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest

    Not available

    External References

    [1]Urban Dictionary – mixtape

    [2]Twitter – r/BlackPeopleTwitter


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  • 02/08/15--15:42: #BrianWilliamsMisremembers
  • About

    #BrianWilliamsMisremembers is a Twitter hashtag and photoshop meme featuring the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News Brian Williams following a news scandal regarding Williams’ false claims he made about time he spent in Iraq. The photoshopped images commonly feature Williams present in notable historic events.

    Background

    On January 30th, 2015, NCB anchor Brian Williams repeated a story of his time in Iraq in 2003, claiming that he he was flying in a helicopter that “was forced down after being hit by an RPG.” Following this, crew members who were on the helicopter that was actually hit came forward saying that Williams was on a different helicopter that arrived at the crash site later. In the past Williams had repeated the story multiple times, including pn “The Late Show with David Letterman” in March 2013 (shown below).



    Notable Developments

    Willaims’ Apology

    A few days following the scandal, on February 4th, Brian Williams made an official apology, describing the tale as “a bungled attempt by me to thank one special veteran.”



    On Twitter

    [Researching]

    The Twitter reactions were also covered by various online news outlets, such as Business Insider,[2] Washington Times,[3] Mediaite,[4] Total Frat Move[5] and Buzzfeed.[6]

    Notable Examples


    External References


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  • 02/09/15--06:10: Operation ISIS / #opISIS
  • PLEASENOTE: as of February 9,2015 the entry is brand new and it documents a recent event. The contents of the entry may expand as more and more information become available.

    About

    Operation ISIS, known widely via the hashtag #opISIS, is the name of a hacktivism operation perpetrated by Anonymous against the terrorist organization ISIS, which follows their recent #opCharlieHebdo, their revenge against the attacks to the satirical tabloid Charlie Hebdo. During Operation ISIS, Anonymous hacked various sites and social media accounts that were associated with ISIS or their members.[1]

    Origin

    On February 8th, 2015, the hacktivists collective Anonymous informed via a YouTube video that they will hack into websites, email, Facebook and Twitter accounts owned by ISIS members and used by the latter to recruit new terrorists. The video points out that Anonymous is an extremely wide group, whose members come from a variety of social, religious and racial backgrounds, and that they will hunt down ISIS, considered, a la Sylvester Stallone’s “Cobra”, as a “virus” against which Anonymous is the “cure”[2]:



    Greetings citizens of the world, we are Anonymous,
    Operation ISIS Continues:
    First we need to clarify few a things.
    We Are: Muslims, Christians, Jews…
    We Are hackers, crackers, Hacktivist, phishers, agents, spies, or just the guy from next door.
    We Are students, administrators, workers, clerks, unemployed, rich, poor, We are young, or old, gay or straight.
    We wear smart clothes or rugs, we are hedonists, ascetics, joy riders or activists.
    We come from all races, countries, religions, and ethnicity.
    UNITED AS ONE, DIVIDED BY ZERO…
    We Are Anonymous.
    -REMEMBER…THE TERRORISTSTHATARECALLINGTHEMSELVESISLAMICSTATE,(ISIS), ARENOTMUSLIMS!!!.
    -ISIS; We will hunt you, Take down your sites, Accounts, Emails, and expose you…
    From now on, no safe place for you online…
    You will be treated like a virus, And we are the cure…
    We Own The Internet…
    We are Anonymous, We are Legion, We do not forgive, We do not forget, Expect us.


    As of February 9, 2015 Anonymous successfully disabled more that 80 ISIS social accounts on Twitter, and warned Internet people to “keep a close eye” on certain Facebook accounts which are considered close to ISIS[2].

    Spread

    The news of the Anonymous attack quickly spread among news websites, both for general, technical or IT-related news, all around the world. Many sites show a list of the social accounts hacked by Anonymous. These lists are provided by a group called The Red Cult, which is close to the worldwide hackers network.

    Search interest

    It should be noted that at the time of this article’s publication the “#opisis” hashtag didn’t generate enough search volume to be displayed in the results.

    External references


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  • 02/09/15--08:58: Anti-Vaccination Movement
  • About

    The Anti-Vaccination Movement, also known as the Anti-Vaxxer Movement, is a grassroots medical activist campaign that opposes the practice of vaccination based on fears about the adverse effects of immunization. The movement is most commonly associated with discredited claims that vaccines are linked to autism spectrum disorders.

    History

    In 1998, the medical journal The Lancet published a paper[1] providing support for the claim that colitis and autism disorders were linked to the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. The paper was subsequently discredited with a series of reports released between 2004 and 2010 by British investigative reporter Brian Deer. On September 17th, 2007, the book Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism by Jenny McCarthy was released, in which the actress describes her experiences raising a child with autism. The following day, McCarthy was interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey Show, revealing that she believed an MMR vaccine triggered her son’s autism.

    Online Presence

    On April 11th, 2001, the anti-vaccination website Vaccination Liberation[10] was launched. On June 22nd, 2007, a page for “Anti-vaccination movement” was created on the wiki site Rational Wiki.[9] On February 2nd, 2009, the website Jenny McCarthy Body Count was launched, which lists the number of illnesses and deaths that have occurred since celebrities began speaking out against vaccinations in 2007. The website has since been renamed “Anti Vaccine Body Count.”[2]



    On July 13th, 2013, Something Awful[6] published a compilation of photoshopped parody anti-vaccination ads (shown below).



    On March 17th, 2014, Time[8] published an article titled “4 Diseases Making a Comeback Thanks to Anti-Vaxxers,” which listed measles, mumps, whooping couch and chicken pox as preventable diseases that were on the rise due to anti-vaccination efforts. On July 12th, CollegeHumor released part three of the “If Google Was a Guy” sketch comedy series, in which an personified version of the Google search engine provides search results for an anti-vaxxer (shown below).



    On December 15th, artist Maki Naro published a webcomic titled “Vaccines Work: Here Are the Facts” on the blogging platform Medium.[7] In January 2015, more than 100 people were diagnosed with the measles in 15 states in the United States, which many speculated was caused by parents refusing to vaccinate their children. In February, critics of the anti-vaccination movement began posting joke reviews on the Amazon[3] page for the book Melanie’s Marvelous Measles by Australian anti-vaxxer Stephanie Messenger.[4] On February 4th, Redditor Thalaas submitted a post titled “How I Think Anti-vaxxers view their kids,” which featured a screenshot of the character Lord Farquaad from the Shrek franchise. In the first week, the post gained over 4,100 votes (92% upvoted) on the /r/AdviceAnimals[5] subreddit.



    Search Interest

    External References


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