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- 07/30/15--18:41: _Cross-Stitch
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- 07/31/15--10:13: _Meme Documentation
- 07/31/15--11:47: _Vocal Fry
- 07/28/15--20:14: 30 Year Old Virgin Wizard
- 07/29/15--04:09: Friendship is Witchcraft
- 07/29/15--04:11: UK Independence Party
- 07/29/15--06:02: Mike Inel / Manyakis
- 07/29/15--08:19: Slide Into Your DMs
- 07/29/15--09:50: ThreatKing
- 07/29/15--09:58: Yandere Simulator
- 07/29/15--12:03: Boing Boing
- 07/29/15--13:57: Bootleg Bart
- 07/29/15--22:26: Ku Klux Klan
- 07/30/15--04:44: Awaken My Masters
- 07/30/15--06:41: Drake and Meek Mill Feud
- 07/30/15--11:59: Buying GF
- 07/30/15--14:42: Dave Grohl
- 07/30/15--15:19: Earl the Grumpy Puppy
- 07/30/15--15:38: Tonkey Bear
- 07/30/15--18:41: Cross-Stitch
- 07/31/15--05:22: Drawfag
- 07/31/15--10:13: Meme Documentation
- 07/31/15--11:47: Vocal Fry
The 30 Year Old Virgin Wizard is an internet myth which dictates that when an individual (usually male) never engages in any sexual intercourse by the milestone age of 30, they would receive immense magical powers and become a wizard.
While the myth is believed to have originated from Futaba Channel, one of the earliest known recorded mentions in western internet culture was on Urban Dictionary by user momo1212 on December 21st, 2008, in their submitted definition of the term “Wizard”. Their definition differentiates however in that the individual must reach the milestone age of 25 instead of 30.
On November 8th, 2011, the 5th episode of the anime series Haganai titled “This Time the SAGA is a Serious Battle” aired in Japan. The episode is notable for referencing the myth when the protagonist Kodaka Hasegawa chose the wizard class while playing a video game only to realize he became a 30 year old otaku virgin. On November 6th, 2011, a screenshot of the scene from a preview of the episode was submitted to Imgur and posted on /r/pics by reddit user nokobueno. The post subsequently gained 848 points (93% upvoted) and 274 points while the image on imgur gained over 534.000 views and 676 points in 4 years.
On February 1st, 2012, Urban Dictionary user herpaderpajerka submitted an entry regarding the term “Wizard” which he describes as “a 30+ year old virgin.”
On July 8th, 2012, the image board site Wizardchan was launched. The site runs in similar fashion to Futaba Channel and 4chan with discussions focusing on male virgin groups and their various interests. The name of the site was directly inspired by the 30 year old virgin wizard myth.
Virgin Age Meter
Virgin Age Meter refers to a series of comic strips which show the ascension of a virgin to becoming a wizard by the age of 30, insprigin various derivates. The earliest recorded version of the comic was on June 3rd, 2010 on the finnish Philipp Lahm Fansite, titled “The Official Virgin Meter” (shown bellow). However, the comic started gaining traction on the english-speaking net on late 2011.
The strip has also inspired some derivates, often expanding the original drawing with more stages.
work in progress
Friendship is Witchcraft is a fan-made abridged video series based off the Hasbro animated series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It is one of the most popular abridged series in FiM’s history, and has spawned a notable amount of derivative media.
The first episode of Friendship is Witchcraft, “The Perfect Swarm” (shown below), was uploaded to YouTube by Sherclop Pones on June 16th, 2011. The main series received nine episodes overall, with the last, “Seed No Evil”, being uploaded on August 2nd, 2013. The series also includes two mini-episodes, and a special set of episodes parodying Equestria Girls is in production.
An entry for Friendship is Witchcraft was created on the MLP Fan Wiki on February 2nd, 2012, and has since been edited over 80 times. DeviantArt returns 1,610 results when searching for “Friendship is Witchcraft”, and has a group dedicated to fan art of the series with 52 members as of July 2015. Derpibooru hosts 616 images.
The UK Independence Party, often abbreviated to UKIP, is a eurosceptic political party based in Great Britain. The party has become criticised for its Anti-immigration staunch and has been accused of being xenophobic.
The UK Independence Party was founded in 1991 as the Anti-Federalist League by Alan Sked. It wasn’t until 1993 that the party gained its current name however. In 1997, Alan Sked left the party due to, according to himself, growing influence of far-right opinions. Alan Sked has since then become a critic of the party.
In the early years of the party, it was a relative minor force in british politics. The party was seen as a single-issue party, that issue being membership of the European Union, which the party opposes. After being elected as leader in 2006, Nigel Farage sought to change the image of UKIP by introducing a wide array of policies, including Tax cuts, reducing immigration and a less interventionist foreign policy. In 2004, UKIP got their first breakthrough when they won 12 seats in the european election in which the party came third. UKIP’s success continued in the next European election as well, where they came second with 13 seats, and in 2014, In which over 4 million people voted for party, giving them 24 seats.
2015 British General Election
On May 7th, 2015, Great Britain held a general election. In the election, UKIP managed to gain 12,6 % of the votes. Yet despite this, the party only managed to gain one seat out of 650 in the House of Commons. This caused outrage among UKIP supporters and UKIP has since criticised the First-past-the-post system used in Great Britain with Nigel Farage declaring the system for bankrupt. If the British election was held using a proportional voting system, UKIP would have won 83 seats in the House of Commons.
Nigel Paul Farage (Born April 3rd, 1964) is the current leader of the UK Independence Party. Since 1999 he has been a member of the European Parliament where he co-chairs the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group. Farage was a member of the Conservative party until 1992, where he left in protest due to the signing of the maastricht treaty. Farage was elected as leader of UKIP in 2006 but stepped down in 2009 to concentrate on winning a seat in the 2010 general election. Farage was then in 2010 elected as leader of the party again, after being defeated in the 2010 general election. After having lost in the 2015 British General Election in South Thanet, Farage resigned as leader of the party but was reinstated again after 3 days due to the party’s national executive committee rejecting his resignation.
Online, he has gained a fan following, in particular on 4chan. As of July 2015, Nigel Farage has over 270.000 likes on Facebook while on Twitter he has over 240.000 followers. The phrase “Can’t barrage the Farage” is often used in Farage threads and in Youtube videos. Farage is also used in images that are similar to Doom Paul.
Douglas Carswell (Born 3rd may, 1971) is the only member of UKIP in the House of Commons. Formerly, he was a member of the Conservative Party. Douglas Carswell was elected for UKIP first in October 2014 in a by-election and then in the 2015 British General Election.
UKIP operates both a facebook page and a Twitter profile. As of July 2015, the official UKIP Facebook page has over 490.000 likes. The UKIP Twitter page was first put up in August 2011 and has over 100.000 followers as of July 2015. On November 8th, 2012, A subreddit called Ukipparty was created as a forum to discuss the party and its politics.UKIP operates a official youtube channel. There are several fan channels dedicated to uploading UKIP material, including RobinHoodUKIP, Ukippers and Ukipmedia.
#WhyImVotingUKIP is a hashtag created by UKIP, asking its supporters to explain why they intended to vote for UKIP in the 2014 local and European election. After its creation, it was hijacked by critics of the party.
Can’t Barrage the Farage
“Can’t Barrage the Farage” is a phrase often used in threads dedicated to Nigel Farage and UKIP on 4chan. A search on archive.moe, a site that achives 4chan threads, reveals more than 10 pages of results.
UKIP will make anime real
”UKIP will make anime real” is a satirical phrase stating that one of UKIPs policies is to make anime real. The phrase is often photoshoped into fake election posters from UKIP.
Mike Inel (also known as his hentai alias Manyakis) is a Filipino digital artist, 2D and 3D animator who does fanart and original artworks on YouTube, DeviantArt and Tumblr. He is known for his works in Katawa Shoujo, What if? videos, his animated short Draw With Me, and his other SFW and NSFW animations.
His first YouTube video titled “Illusion of the Tower (Opening WIP)” was uploaded on January 1, 2007. It shows the progress of his game Illusion of the Tower. Although it is unfinished, he released a playable demo in the CGSociety forums. His first fanart animation, uploaded on April 27, 2007, is based on the anime series Di Gi Charat, which is also unfinished.
His first full fan animation was uploaded on July 11, 2007, based on a Kingdom Hearts fan comic. The video received over 800,000 views and 5,000 likes. On October 16, 2008, he uploaded one of his well known videos, Draw With Me, with no audio, which gained 5 million views.
He re-uploaded another version with audio included was uploaded on July 18, 2009, gaining over 2 million views in total. On January 1, 2013, the video “Drawn with Me: I Love You” was uploaded, as a “gift for Draw with Me fans.” The video description stated that it is not the sequel to the Draw with Me video, although a sequel is possible. It has acquired over 644,000 views and 25,000 likes.
On 2011-2012, he remastered and made the animations and act title cards for the dating sim Katawa Shoujo, in which he communicated Four Leaf Studios by email, and surpassed the team’s expectations. He also contributed to the Katawa-Shoujo’s fifth illustration book: Imperfect Spectrum.
Mike Inel’s first Gravity Falls fanart animation was posted on August 30, 2014 as a GIF, with over 11,000 notes. It is also said to be remastered as a video and will be uploaded on YouTube. Another of his animated GIFs, titled “Biting Twins” was uploaded on Tumblr and DeviantArt.
On October 9, 2014, he uploaded an animation titled “What if ‘Gravity Falls’ was an anime?”, the first of his What if? animations. The video is a recreation of one of the scenes from the Gravity Falls episode “Golf War”. It has accumulated about 6 million views and 100,000 likes. On January 18, 2015, he uploaded “What if ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’ was an anime?”, recreating scenes from The Amazing World of Gumball, which has gained approximately 7 million views and 142,000 likes.
He also made a Rule 34 animation of the characters from the series: Darwin and Nicole Watterson, with the same style of the What if? video. The video was posted via Tumblr on his NSFW blog having over 18,000 notes. Another rule 34 GIF of Nicole Watterson was made and was posted on the same NSFW blog with over 35,000 notes.
Besides his videos on YouTube, Mike Inel also posts his artworks on DeviantArt , Facebook page  and Tumblr . He also has a Game Jolt account where he posts his self-developed games. He posts most of his NSFW material on another Tumblr account  and Hentai Foundry  under the alias “Manyakis”.
Tumblr – Manyakis [Fan animation of The Amazing World of Gumball…][NSFW]
Slide Into Your DMs (permutations are common and may include: Slide Into Her DMs, Slide Into Yo DMs, Slide Into the DMs, often with the word “like” after the phrase) is a catchphrase which refers to the act of direct messaging another person on a social media platform, usually for romantic reasons, in a smooth or cool way. While the phrase can be used literally, it is often parodied by being attached to videos or photographs of people engaging in awkward behavior.
It’s currently unknown where the term originated. The first online examples, including some GIFS with the tag and a Yahoo answers post, seem to appear in November 2013. At that point, the only social media platforms that allowed direct messaging were Twitter and Facebook; Instagram introduced direct messaging in December of 2013, and Vine premiered the feature in April of 2014.
One of the first popular examples of the term was this hip hop single by M-Boy titled “Slide Into Your DMs,” which was released on January 8th, 2014. The video has over 23,000 views as of July 2015.
In January of 2014, the term skyrocketed in popularity; however, due to the phrase’s common permutations, exact numbers are difficult to gather. On January 24th 2014, a Meme Generator was created of a boy going down a slide. The phrase was first defined by Urban Dictionary on March 24rd, 2014, as “When you send a Direct message to someone on twitter confidently and smoothly.” A reddit /r/outoftheloop post was created on April 27th, 2014; a user responded that Sliding into the DMs meant, “… basically like, being slick and starting a DM conversation with someone (of the opposite sex), and be smooth at the same time.”
Searches for the phrase on Vine return over 8,000 results as of July 29th, 2015, and the hashtag #SlideIntoYourDMsLike is used on over 500 posts. Collected searches for various permutations of the phrase, used as hashtags, return over 5,000 results on Instagram as of July 29th, 2015. In addition, the phrase was tweeted over 78,000 times in the 30 days prior to July 29th, 2015, with and without parody.
Because social media platforms focus on different means of communication, the act of direct messaging someone is different on each. On Twitter, the message can only be text; therefore, sliding into the DMs on Twitter consists of a text conversation which can be screenshot. On Instagram, sliding into the DMs is a photo message with a caption, often expressed as an image macro or a GIF. On Vine, the direct message is a video message; however, the hashtag #SlideIntoYourDMsLike is consistently trending, and therefore these examples refer to that.
Image Macros and GIFs
ThreatKing, also known as Vikingdom, is a black hat hacker who gained much notoriety for taking down the New York Magazine website with a massive distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) in July 2015.
On March 31st, 2015, the Indiana state government website was taken down with a DDoS attack. That day, the @YourVikingdom2015 Twitter feed claimed responsibility for the attack, with many speculating the act was motivated by an objection to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
New York Mag DDoS
On July 26th, 2015, New York Magazine released an article about the recent wave of rape allegations against comedian Bill Cosby. On the following day, the @Vikingdom2016 Twitter account took responsibility for taking down the website NYmag.com (shown below, left). Shortly after, the @NYMag Twitter feed acknowledged the downtime, alerting readers the they were “working on a fix” (shown below, right).
That day, many speculated that ThreatKing had been motivated to take down the website due to the Bill Cosby article. ThreatKing to the rumors by tweeting that he did not like New York (shown below). Additionally, he linked to a Twitter search page listing various New York news publications as potential targets.
Yandere Simulator is a stealth video game developed by YandereDev. In the game, the player controls a Japanese highschool student who falls in love with one of her classmates, and can do a wide range of actions to “eliminate” possible competitors for her senpai love.
The earliest reference to the game can be found on a thread submitted on April 1st, 2014 on 4chan’s video game board /v/, where the original poster proposed a brainstorm for a “yandere simulator”. During the following days, several threads about the game delevoping were made, and on April 4th, 2014 a game development blog was created, along with a post linking to a FAQ section explaining the game. The same day the developer created a YouTube account where he uploads new features of the game, gaining over 160,000 as June 29th, 2015. On April 16th, YandereDev released Yandere Clicker, a Cookie Clicker-styledincremental game where the main character stabs her “senpai”, using the models from Yandere Simulator.
On April 4th 2014, a video was uploaded by Yandere Dev, the official youtube channel of the game’s developer. The video demonstrates an early prototype build of the game showing simple combat in which Yandere-chan kills another girl. Following this, a second video was uploaded on June 1st demonstrating a visual novel style introduction sequence to the game, where Yandere-chan meets her Senpai for the first time.
Each time an update is released for the game, the developer usually uploads a video to youtube covering all the new content that has been added. These updates have been regular occurrences, being released on the 1st and 15th of each month. On July 1st 2015, Yandere Dev uploaded a video titled “Let’s Examine Natsuiro High School” in which he plays through the game analysing various aspects that may be useful to have in Yandere Simulator. The game also features a small local town which the protagonist can visit in a ‘free-roam’ style. A poll was created by the developer asking viewers if they would like Yandere Simulator to be developed into an open world game featuring a small town, of left as it is. Out of 54,017 total votes, 59% voted that the game should take place in a small town.
On July 15th 2015, the developer uploaded two videos concerning the progress of the game, explaining that as the updates grow, more time will be required to create them. He also expresses his concerns over the amount of redundant feedback he receives stating that it only hinders his progress on the game.
Yandere Dev has also used the game to make various jokes and parodies during the course of its creation. On April 1st 2015, he uploaded two April fools videos. One video introduces a new game titled “Kuudere Simulator” featuring a hidden tsundere mode in which the character sits in a room doing nothing. The other video is a parody of the trailer for the controversial shooter Hatred.
The game didn’t started to gain traction until early 2015, when the youtuber AzzMan started uploading a series of videos about the game on January 31st, 2015, having 38 videos dedicated to the game as June 29th, 2015. On March 30th, 2015, the youtuber PewDiePie posted the first of a series of Let’s play videos, gaining the first of them over 5 milion views under 4 months. On June 1st, 2015, the youtuber Markiplier uploaded the first of a series of Let’s play videos, gaining over 2.2 milion views under two months.
The game has a following on sites like Tumblr and 4chan, as well as having a wikia to gather information about the game. On April 2nd, 2015, a subreddit dedicated to the game was created, gaining over 700 subscribers in less than 4 months. Searching on the artist community DeviantART the keywords “yandere simulator” leads to over 1,000 results as July 29th, 2015.
Along with the game-related fanart and fan made content, there’s also some crossover fanart with some youtubers and let’s players like PewDiePie and Markiplier, as they were the ones who popularized the game in early 2015.
Boing Boing is an off-beat news blog featuring stories covering a variety of topics, including science, technology, culture, art and politics.
In 1988, journalist Mark Frauenfelder, along with his wife Carla Sinclair, launched the zine bOING bOING. In 1995, the Boing Boing website was launched. In January 2000, Boing Boing was turned into a blog on the Blogger platform (shown below).
In 2003, Boing Boing removed their user commenting system. In September 2006, Boing Boing premiered the weekly podcasts“Boing Boing Boing” and “Get Illuminated,” featuring news and interviews with a variety of creatives. In August 2007, the site was redesigned and the user comment section was restored.
Social Media Presence
In May 2007, the @BoingBoing Twitter feed was launched, which received upwards of 213,000 followers in the first eight years. On August 18th, 2008, a Boing Boing Facebook page was created, gaining over 261,000 likes over the next seven years. On April 29th, 2014, the Boing Bong Tumblr blog was launched.
On October 27th, 2010, the front page of Boing Boing was vandalized with a photograph of a man wearing a costume covered in penises, followed by a caption mocking the site’s editor Cory Doctorow. That day, the tech news blog Tech Crunch reported that the site had been compromised using an SQL injection attack.
In July 2008, the site was widely criticized for censoring users and for removing posts by former contributing writer Violet Blue without explanation. In response to the backlash, Boing Boing editor Teresa Hayden posted a statement revealing that “Violet behaved in a way that made us reconsider whether we wanted to lend her any credibility or associate with her.” Other users have claimed that moderators deliver bans for minor infractions, including those who express conservative views.
As of July 2015, BoingBoing.net has a score of 1,038 in the United States on the traffic analytics site Alexa.
Bootleg Bart refers to original unauthorized merchandise and/or original or contemporary fan art created with the image of Bart Simpson, often mutated or badly drawn, or sometimes with the character represented as a different ethnicity. While originally created to capitalize on fandom for the original character, the bootleg version now has a clear fan base of its own.
Bart Simpson was launched along with the rest of The Simpsons family in 1987. In the early 1990s, a fan trend called “Bartmania” took hold; millions of types of merchandise were sold, much of it featuring unauthorized, fan-drawn images of Bart. An Entertainment Weekly article from the time estimates that more than $200 million worth of Bootleg Bart merchandise had already been sold, and the popularity of The Simpsons didn’t peak until seven years later, in 1997.
Bootleg Bart merchandise has always been sought out by collectors and acknowledged by people involved with the production of The Simpsons, as in a 2009 issue of the comic book “Treehouse of Horror.” However interest in the phenomenon became popular online with the debut of a single-topic blog devoted to the phenomenon, run by an anonymous person known only as Leo. The blog began as a Facebook page and expanded into other platforms, eventually spawning its own web site. In 2014, in an interview with Vice Magazine, Leo explained that he began collecting the shirts in 2003, but that much of what is on the blog comes from the readers who send in images of their own.
Bootleg Bart has expanded far beyond the original Facebook and Instagram pages, which have 12,000 followers and 38,800 followers, respectively; for instance, although the official Instagram account has 648 posts as of July 29th, 2015, there are almost 10,000 posts on Instagram tagged with #bootlegbart. The term is also popular on Tumblr, where the results return modern fan art.
In a February 2015 episode of the IFC show Portlandia, a main storyline features a t-shirt manufacturing character who believes he has the right to create a shirt featuring an image of Bart Simpson, along with the words “Bart Ska-Mpson.” Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons cameos in the episode in a courtroom scene regarding the shirt.
In Los Angeles on July 25th and July 26th, 2015, a magazine called Be Street sponsored an art show called “Bootleg Bart,” where contemporary artists, selected from a pool of more than 1000 submissions, created new Bootleg Bart art. Groening himself, rumored to be a large collector of Bootleg Bart merchandise, visited the show.
The Ku Klux Klan is a former social movement and secret organization that consists of loosely affiliated independent chapters across the United States. Though historically associated with remnants of racial bigotry in the South after the Civil War, the group remains highly notorious for its open advocacy of white supremacy, white nationalism and xenophobia, as well as extremist terrorism. In the U.S., it is classified as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
CSCA Journal of Communication Studies – The internet rhetoric of the Ku Klux Klan: A case study in web site community building run amok
International Business Times – http://www.ibtimes.com/hate-groups-kkk-social-media-double-edged-sword-1724919
The Washington Post – The state of hate in America: A new home on the Internet
The Guardian – Anonymous takes over Ku Klux Klan’s Twitter account
Wikipedia – Stormfront
Memecenter – Search Results for KKK\
Truth Or Fiction – The Ku Klux Klan has endorsed Barack Obama for president
Independent – "":http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/khloe-kardashian-has-been-criticised-after-posting-ku-klux-klan-meme-9855605.html
Internet Archives – Search Results for Ku Klux Klan
“Awaken My Masters!” is a quote from a Japanese manga JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure uttered by a character named Wamuu during his and his masters’ bombastic awakening.
The original scene originates from chapter 64 of the manga, released on March 28th, 1988, which was during the events of Part 2, Battle Tendency. In the scene, the Nazis are guarding the site of sleeping Pillar Men, the Part’s antagonists. One of them, named Wamuu, awakens from his slumber and after killing the Nazis, awakens the rest of Pillar Men, his superiors, Esidisi and Kars.
For the longest time, the scene has been popular within the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure community, the earliest known archived mentions of it existing on February 21, 2008. On January 11th, 2013, the scene gained even popularity due to the scene (video below) in the episode 14 of the anime adaptation of Part 2 . The theme that was playing during the awakening scene, named “Awake”, became associated with the scene and the quote ever since.
fn5 .Soundcloud – Awake
work in progress
On July 21st, 2015, Meek Mill, who has more than 4.92 million followers on Twitter, tweeted that hip hop contemporary Drake did not write his own raps. While ghostwriters and collaborators are common in hip hop, to say that someone does not write their own raps is the equivalent of saying that they are not very good at rapping. The post received over 135,000 retweets and over 107,000 favorites by July 30th, 2015.
Meek went on to tweet several more allusions to Drake not writing his own songs that night, including a tweet that contained only the name “Quentin Miller,” a man with writing credits on several Drake songs. Drake didn’t respond directly to the tweets, however he was active on Instagram, liking a post by a user who covered a magazine with Meek Mill’s face on it with another magazine that featured Skepta, one of Drake’s friends, and telling another user in a private message that he “signed up for greatness. This comes with it.”
Funkmaster Flex Plays Quentin Miller Recording
The following day, the New York City radio station Hot 97 DJ, Funkmaster Flex, played a recording sung by Quentin Miller as a reference track for the Drake song “10 Bands.” The track was clearly the basis for the final song.
Two days later, Miller responded in a post on Tumblr, saying that he had worked on the track briefly and that he had seen Drake write the songs himself, in front of him. The post received 3,008 notes.
On July 26th, 2015, Drake responded publicly to the allegations for the first time by releasing a song called “Charged Up” through his label, October’s Very Own, and through his deal with Apple’s Beats One radio service.
As of July 30th, 2015 the song had received more than 1 million plays on Soundcloud, and many more through YouTube uploads and the Beats 1 service. The song featured many specific jabs at Meek Mill, including references to relationships that Meek’s current girlfriend, Nicki Minaj, may or may not have had with Drake before she and Meek began dating.
“Rumor has it, there’s something that only I know/ Rumor has it, I steer this shit with my eyes closed/ Rumor has it, I either f--ked her or I never could/ But rumor has it, hasn’t done you n---as any good.”
On July 29th, 2015, Drake released a second dis track, entitled “Back to Back Freestyle”, featuring an image of Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrating after hitting a game-winning home run in the 1993 World Series against the Philadephia Phillies. This referred to the hometowns of Drake (Toronto) and Meek Mill (Philadelphia), and also how Drake was intending to finish the argument with the track. In addition, the addition of the word “freestyle” onto the end of the track’s title specifically indicated that Drake had not only written these lyrics, but come up with them off of the top of his head.
This track featured even more insults for Meek Mill, including the lyric “Trigger fingers turn to Twitter fingers,” and a reference to Nicki Minaj’s “Pinkprint” Tour, on which Meek was accompanying Minaj, with “You love her, then you gotta give the world to her/ Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?”
Meek Mill was rumored to also be releasing a dis track, including in a tweet that appeared to have a snippet (below) however none ever materialized.
Here it gooooooooo lets get it pic.twitter.com/eWdMOXZrPh— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) July 28, 2015
After Funkmaster Flex spent several hours hyping the track’s arrival on his radio show, and then never played it, a Change.org petition was created to get him fired from the station. As of July 30th, the petition was only 355 signatures away from its goal of 10,000.
In addition, Meek Mill tweeted several responses to Drake’s raps, some of which have been interpreted as half-apologies.
Various aspects of the Drake and Meek Mill feud trended worldwide on almost every social network and gained news coverage from sources as varied as The New York Times and TMZ. Users created images that were spread widely via Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter, especially though the subculture known as Black Twitter. In the subreddit devoted to that subculture, /r/blackpeopletwitter, where the feud was referred to as “Rap Civil War” in flare, over 50 posts related to the feud have thousands of upvotes. Over 20,000 posts on Instagram are tagged with the hashtags #drakevsmeekmill and #drakevsmeek and another 30,000 posts were made on Twitter with the latter hashtag.
Toronto City Councillor Norm Kelly’s Reaction
While many different celebrities reacted to the feud, one of the most widely noticed was the reaction of Toronto City Councillor Norm Kelly, who started his own feud with Meek regarding his comments. The morning after Meek Mill made his initial comments regarding Drake, the Councillor tweeted that Meek was no longer welcome in Toronto after dissing the local hero. This initial tweet earned @Norm, as he is known on Twitter, over 133,000 retweets. The conversation continued:
After his defense of Drake, Norm Kelly began appearing in exploitables, tweets, and Instagram-style memes about the feud. He has continued to support Drake, tweeting about the song releases and other media related to the feud.
New York Times – Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill, Twitter’s Ethics Police
“Buying GF” is an ironic expression indicating an interest in purchasing a girlfriend within the MMORPGRunescape for in-game currency.
In many online games, players advertise their willingness to purchase in-game items in trade channels or populated areas. According to a post in the /r/OutOfTheLoop subreddit, players in the game Runescape often had in-game girlfriends which many speculated were actually men masquerading as women to scam users for gold and items. The “buying gf” expression was subsequently invented as a joke to mock the online relationships.
On April 24th, 2013, Redditor derione1 submitted a cropped Runescape screenshot featuring an armored avatar with the expression “Buying gf” over his head to the /r/gaming subreddit, where it received upwards of 2,200 votes (93% upvoted) and 1,300 comments (shown below). On May 21st, the screenshot was reposted on FunnyJunk.
On August 22nd, 2014, YouTuber Joe Redfurr uploaded a Runescapemontage parody video titled “Buying GF 1M” (shown below, left). On October 24th, Body Building Forums member 7thbrah reposted the screenshot on the site’s misc board. On May 25th, 2015, YouTuber ToddTalks uploaded a video titled “Buying GF,” featuring footage of himself in public wearing a T-shirt with the expression printed on the front (shown below, right).
On July 28th, Redditor PencilErection posted a photograph of a person cosplaying the armored avatar from the “buying gf” screenshot to the /r/gaming subreddit (shown below). In the first 48 hours, the post gained over 4,800 votes (88% upvoted) and 510 comments.
Body Building Forums – If You Played Runescape This Pic Will Make You Smile
Dave Grohl is an American musician best known as the former drummer of the grunge band Nirvana and the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Foo Fighters.
At the age of 17 in 1986, Grohl joined the hardcore punk band Scream, with whom he toured with for several years across the United States until 1990.
In 1990, Nirvana band members Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic met Grohl while attending a Scream performance on the West Coast. Several months later, Scream disbanded and Grohl subsequently joined Nirvana as their new drummer. On September 24th, 1991, the band’s second studio album Nevermind was released to critical acclaim, reaching the top position on the Billboard 200 chart. By 2008, the album sold over 30 mllion copies worldwide. In April 1994, Nirvana disbanded following the suicide of Kurt Cobain.
After Nirvana disbanded, Grohl formed the band Foo Fighters with guitarist Pat Smear, drummer William Goldsmith and bassist Nate Mendel. In July 1995, the band released their self-titled debut album, which received positive reviews and reached the 23rd spot on the Billboard 200 chart.
On February 21st, 2008, YouTuber scottcobain27 uploaded an interview in which Grohl discusses what life was like immediately following the suicide of Nirvana band mate Kurt Cobain (shown below, left). In the next seven years, the video gained over three million views and 3,600 comments. On July 12th, 2011, YouTuber Dean Mo uploaded a video in which Grohl stops playing mid song to scold a man fighting in the crowd during the Foo Fighters performance at the iTunes Festival (shown below, right). In four years, the video accumulated more than five million views and 9,700 comments.
On October 12th, YouTuber Suka00 uploaded a Grohl tribute video, which gathered upwards of 4.5 million views and 7,400 comments in the next four years (shown below, left). On June 12th, 2015, YouTuber Makkaka Kugelsnibb uploaded footage of Grohl breaking his leg after falling off the stage during a performance in Gothenburg, Sweden (shown below, right). After being treated and put in a cast, he returned to the stage and finished the concert. In the first two months, the video gained over 3.4 million views and 1,300 comments.
1000 Musicians Video
On July 30th, 2015, Trail Me Up CEO Fabio Zaffagnini released a video featuring 1000 musicians playing the 1999 song “Learn to Fly” by Foo Fighters as part of a campaign to lure lead singer Dave Grohl to perform with his band in Cesena, Italy (shown below). In less than 24 hours, the video received upwards of 300,000 views and 2,800 comments.
The Best is a lyric from the 2005 alternative rock song “Best of You” by the Foo Fighters, which is often spammed in discussion threads and repeated in edited video clips on YouTube.
“Fresh Pots” is an expression uttered several times by Grohl in studio footage highlighting his caffeine addiction. The video was originally shot during a recording session with his band Them Crooked Vultures in 2009.
Grohl was borin on January 14th, 1969 in Warren, Ohio. He and wife Jordyn Blum have three daughters. Grohl identifies as a Democrat and has supported United States President Barack Obama. In 2012, the music blog Stereogum estimated that Grohl was third wealthiest drummer in the world.
Grumpy Puppy is a nickname given to Earl, a puggle (pug-and-beagle hybrid) from Davenport, Iowa who became the subject of online fame for its adorably irritated-looking facial expressions, in a similar vein to those worn by none other than Grumpy Cat.
On June 8th, 2015, Redditor Do1717 submitted a photograph of Earl to the /r/aww subreddit, where the post garnered more than 5,180 points (96% up votes) and over 500 comments. That same day, a subreddit devoted to Earl was launched at /r/EarlThePuggle.
The second generation Puggle, a pug-and-beagle hybrid, was born in February 2015. According to Earl’s 25-years-old caretaker Derek Bloomfield, the dog has always had the same grumpy expression since day one, and despite his irritated appearance due to the underbite, wrinkles and dark complexion, Earl is a “very laid-back pup and loves to cuddle.”
On June 9th, Redditor submitted an image macro based on the photograph from the previous day in a /r/AdviceAnimals post titled “Earl the Grumpy Puppy” has had enough of your bullshit", garnering over 1,761 points (84% up votes).
On June 15th, Bloomfield created a Facebook fan page for his puppy, followed by a dedicated Instagram account. Over the course of the next month-and-a-half, Earl has amassed more than 18,000 likes on Facebook and over 16,300 followers on Instagram.
News Media Coverage
On July 29th, Earl’s rise to social media stardom was picked up by Discovery’s Animal Planet Blog, Bored Panda, Mashable and BuzzFeed, followed by additional coverage from CNN on the next day, with many likening the angry looking Puggle to Grumpy Cat.
The Huffington Post – Earl The Grumpy Puppy Looks Like He’s Gonna Tell Us To Get Off His Lawn
Tonkey Bear is the name of a four-months old bear coat Shar Pei breed from Edmonton, Canada who rose to viral fame online after several photographs of the fluffy, bear-like puppy went viral on Instagram and Facebook in late July 2015.
Instagram – @Bearcoat_Tonkey’s Account
Facebook – Tonkey Bear
Bored Panda – My Dog Looks Like a Bear and He Has More Friends Than Me
Pleated Jeans – Meet Tonkey Bear: The Dog That Looks Like a Teddy Bear
Cross-Stitch is a type of simple embroidery where an image or pattern is created by sewing a series of X-shaped stitches in rasterized or pixel-type pattern. Cross-stitching can be done on fabric or plastic, and detailed patterns can be stamped or drawn on the material in order to generate the exact form. Online, users enjoy creating cross stitch fan art, and a community has formed for sharing these online, mostly on Tumblr. Similar fan art is sometimes created by other craft methods, like knitting or crochet.
Cross-stitching is the oldest form of embroidery in the world, and has often been used to illustrate contemporary events through history. In modern times, software has become available to assist in creating cross-stitch patterns out of every day images; there are several such programs, some of which are free and open source, like C-Stitch. With a pattern, cross stitching is extremely simple, which has led to its enduring popularity. In recent years, the Maker and Crafting movements have led to a resurgence in the popularity of cross stitch, especially for funny and unique purposes.
Like much other fan art, the main communities for cross stitch are Tumblr, Reddit, and DeviantArt. On Tumblr, there are many blogs devoted to cross stitch fan art, including xstitchnerdism, random-fandoms-xstitch, backstagestitches, and 8bitcrossstitch] Reddit has a cross stitch subreddit; however, it is mostly devoted to the technicalities of the craft. Many of the most popular cross stitch fan art is either posted in the forum for the subculture it depicts or posted in more popular general forums like /r/funny or /r/pics, where over 50 examples of cross stitch fan art have received more than 1,000 upvotes. On DeviantArt, there are more than 31,000 examples of cross stitch fan art, both humorous and serious.
Drawfag is a slang term used to describe users in online communities that post their own art creations, usually in the form of drawings.
The term is believed to have originated from the image board site 4chan. One of the earliest recorded mentions of the term was on August 22nd, 2007, by DeviantArt user Alseid on his image titled “Snape – Fuck your court”. The user explains that the image was a request made in a “Drawfag” thread on 4chan’s /co/ board. One of the earliest recorded mentions of the term on 4chan that still exist dates back to December 19th, 2007, on the /tg/ board.
On 4chan archiving site archive.moe, typing the keyword “Drawfag” would yield more than 137.000 posts as of July, 2015. On January 4th, 2010, Urban Dictionary user /y/ Anon submitted an entry regarding the term. On January 18th, 2011, an entry regarding the term was submitted to 1d4chan. The /drc/ board in 8chan was launched that focuses on users sharing and discussing their art creations.
Meme Documentation is a Tumblr blog which explains the meaning behind various memes on the microblogging site and reblogs notable examples for archival purposes. The site focuses on memes that have emerged since the beginning of 2015, and does not cover fandom-specific memes that have not circulated outside of the original community.
The blog has documented the origin and spread of many notable viral phenomenon on Tumblr, while giving succinct explanations of each and archiving notable instances using the site’s reblogging feature.
Breadsticks is a series of mock dinner date conversations in which a person abruptly leaves the table while stuffing complimentary breadsticks into their purse after hearing their date say something undesirable or offensive. In June 2015, Meme Documentation published an explanation of the breadstick meme and began reblogging notable examples.
Sneople, a portmanteau of the words “snake” and “people”, refers to a race of reptilian humanoids mentioned in an episode of the animated television series Steven Universe. In April 2015, the term was popularized on Tumblr along with other portmanteaus, including “snurch” (snake + church), sneeple (snail + people) and sneme (snail + meme). On April 22nd, Meme Documentation published a post titled “Explained: sneme,” which described the origins of the “sneople” and “sneeple” portmanteaus (shown below).
We Get It, You Smoke Weed
We Get It, You Smoke Weed is an expression used to mock those who outwardly identify themselves as stoners by sporting cannabis-patterned clothes and accessories. On Tumblr and Twitter, the phrase is usually prefaced by the remark “I hate people who dress like this…” and accompanied by various images of people or fictional characters dressed in green for ironic humor. On June 16th, Meme Documentation published an explanation of the meme’s recent popularity on Tumblr and Twitter (shown below).
Yarn Man is the nickname for Coldwood Interactive creative director Martin Sahlin, who was widely celebrated on Tumblr following his presentation for the game “Unravel”: at the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June 2015. On June 15th, Meme Documentation posted an explanation of Sahlin’s recent popularity on the site (shown below).
Vocal Fry is a manner of speaking where the voice is sunk into its lowest possible register, producing a creaky or vibrato tone. This voice pattern has come under fire, especially when used by women, with many claiming that it sounds annoying or makes the speaker sound dumb, similar to Valleyspeak, otherwise known as uptalk.
Vocal fry was first identified in the 1970s. Some authorities consider it a dysphonia, or vocal defect, if the speaker uses it consistently or can’t speak without it, but it is also used in singing as a legitimate technique for lowering the vocal register. In the early 2010s, linguists noted that the speech pattern was becoming more common among young English-speaking women, and performed several different studies about the perception of its use. One study claimed that “Relative to a normal speaking voice, young adult female voices exhibiting vocal fry are perceived as less competent, less educated, less trustworthy, less attractive, and less hirable,” but another study found that they were perceived as “educated, urban-oriented, and upwardly mobile.”
In December, 2011, the Daily Mail wrote a widely-read story about the prevalence of vocal fry in speech, attributing its popularity to the pattern’s use by celebrities, including Britney Spears and Kim Kardashian.
Discussion about the legitimacy of vocal fry in speech have spread online, often through similar forums as the discussions of feminism. On reddit, several posts debating the legitimacy of the speech pattern have received hundreds of comments and thousands of upvotes. Several videos debating the trend have gone viral, with millions of views.
In 2015, criticism has been leveled against people who take a stance against the use of vocal fry, saying that vocal fry was one of just many counterproductive arguments that silence women in media. A popular tweet by podcaster Kate Mingle presented a fake auto-reply to people who write in to complain about how her voice sounds; the tweet received over 1,393 retweets and 1,455 favorites.
Between July 1st and July 31st, 2015, vocal fry was a much discussed topic on Twitter, where analytics say the phrase was used over 6,000 times.
The Science of Us – Women Get Punished More Than Men for a Common Speech Mannerism