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    [W.I.P. editorships welcome]

    About

    “I feel just like a purple pikmin” is a quote by Reggie fils-aime during the E3 2012 Nintendo Press Conference.

    Origin

    The quote was said after the announcement of “Pikmin 3” By Shigeru Miyamoto at the beginning of the conference. After Miyanoto left the stage, Reggie stepped up and said the quote “I feel just like a purple pikmin”. The phrase quickly began to spread on many video game related video game sites and forums, such as IGN and GameFaqs.

    Spread



    Within the first day, many image sharing sites had photo’s of Reggie fils-aime’s head pasted on a Purple pikmin body, with the following quote “I feel just like a purple pikmin”. Youtube has video’s showcasing the quote being said, or a remix of the quote. Meme generator also got many photo’s posted as well.


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  • 06/08/12--17:25: Misunderstood Spider
  • About

    Misunderstood Spider (also known as Misunderstood House Spider) is an image macro series that features a jumping spider sitting on an object that appears to be a leaf. The images’ text states spiders’ misunderstood behavior that usually ends in the spider to be killed.

    Origin

    Misunderstood Spider’s origin traces to quickmeme.com, in which the first image of the hapless spider was posted in March 2011.



    Please note that this entry is not done, so don’t deadpool it. If you would like to request editorship, please do.


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    Usher’s Dancing Fit’s With Anything refers to Singer Usher dancing on stage in Microsoft’s E3 2012 Press Conference to promote the game, Dance Central 3. This performance left many game journalists and gamers alike to hate the press conference. This dance would at least trigger funny fit with anything videos in YouTube.




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  • 06/08/12--21:50: Florida Teacher Molester
  • A Polk County arrest warrant has been issued for 30-year-old Curtis Leonard Jiles of Lakeland on the following charges:

    Sexual Battery by a person in custodial authority (2 counts)
    Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors
    Procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution (2 counts)
    Procuring a person under the age of 18 for Prostitution--attempted (2 counts)
    Soliciting a person under the age of 18 to engage in sexual battery

    This meme was created by a facebook kiddy who goes by the name of “Eric Joint-ner”.

    Click here to see the full article.

    http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2012/6/8/deputies_teacher_s_a.html


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    Funny hit meme started just now by DA MEEM MAK3R!!!!DFSJ’ at www.youchew.net posted d picture, then MSTRadock posted this video saying it was a ripoff of mmeme http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9r1TwayRWk&feature=plcp but hes gay so fuck him, Then it was on RayWilliam’sJohnson see here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx7f4twHdXI&feature=plcp). SuperYoshi said “this is really gay” so XXxIMAxGAYxFAGG0TxXX made the r/funymeme on Reddit and thats when the popularity of it went even higher, it is now in the hall of fame of memes on www.youchew.net


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  • 06/11/12--00:37: Sacha Baron Cohen
  • This article is in research. Any additional information added will be helpful

    Sacha Baron Cohan is a famous actor for his roles within his 4 characters (to the present year of 2012) where they involve interacting with others where he improvises with these characters to involve humerous and shocking scenes where the person inflicted with the conflict results in embrassment or confusion. The characters that have been created are widely known as Ali G, Borat, Bruno and Admiral General Hafez Aladeen (also known as Aladeen)

    History

    researching

    Popularity

    Through his progress, he gradually developed characters that were used throughtout his life for success throughout the world. These characters were small 2-3 minute reports to people throughtout the street or organised interviews that were used for a comedic effect. The characters were also created within movies staring them within the movie’s name with them as the main characater. The characters Ali G and Aladeen were created within a scripted structure while Borat and Bruno were improvised within most of the production

    Characters

    Ali G

    Ali G is an uneducated, boorish junglist, known to have a passion for rap music invluving white and Jamacian rap from the town of Staines in Great Britian. ‘Da’ Ali G Show’ started in 2000 whihc involved Cohan to include his other two created characters at that time, Borat and Bruno.

    Created Memes

    The characters didn’t have any successful meme’s from any of the slurs or quotes that he had made at the time of the character to be popular memes

    Borat

    Borat was a Kazakistan reporter who ravelled to America in order to gain information for his country.

    Created Memes

    Borat was a highly critical universal successful movie that granted Cohan a Golden Globe in 2007, it also resulted in many of his quotes to be used throughout the world within 2007 – 2008. These included:

    I like sex! It’s nice
    Very Nice! How much?
    Great Success
    Mouth / Hand Party

    Bruno

    Bruno is a flamboyantly gay, allegedly-19-year-old, Austrian fashion show presenter who went to America to wated to gain popularity as “the greatest Austrian perosn since Hitler”

    Created Memes

    The characters didn’t have any successful meme’s from any of the slurs or quotes that he had made at the time of the character to be popular memes

    Admiral General Hafez Aladeen

    Aladeen was described by its press about the movie as "the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed

    Created Memes

    Within the movie, the term of his name Aladeen is known to replace several words within his made up country. This was shown as a popular joke within the terms of positive and negative terms to be replaced with “Aladeen”. This is shown as a popular slur to use through the movies release.

    Retirement

    Due to the popular success of each of his characters, Cohan admited that it was tto hard to prank people anymore due to how much the community knew about his characters. He annonced that after a period of time, each of his characters were

    Controversy

    Cohan’s characters have been shown to distribue racist slurs within the public to the state of discrimination of that particualr race, especially Judaism however this has been used due to the fact that Cohan is Jewish himself.

    I Kiss You!

    The famous “I Kiss You” guy known as Mahir Cagri from Izmir, Turkey is suing Cohen, where his character “Borat” is a copyright of his personality and is giving his nationaltiy a bad image. Cohen contends that his Borat character originated in 1997, two years prior to Cagir’s page where his meme had started from.

    Insight

    Characters were shown to be widely searched when their movies was released upon the world.


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  • 06/11/12--15:48: Wheaton's Law
  • About

    Wheaton’s Law is an internet axiom which states “don’t be a dick.” It was originally used in the context of sportsmanship in online gaming but its scope was eventually expanded to apply to life in general.

    Origin

    The axiom was coined by American actor and writer Richard William Wheaton III (Star Trek: TNG) during his keynote speech at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in August 2007. One of the core messages of Wheaton’s speech was the importance of sportsmanship in online gaming, which eventually became encapsulated in the phrase “don’t be a dick.” While the actor’s PAX speech is attributed as the original iteration of the law, the colloquial phrase “don’t be a dick” had been in widespread use prior to the event.



    The keynote speech and his proposition were met by positive reception from the audience and the webcast viewers at home, as well as significant coverage from a number of well-known geek culture blogs like Ars Technica, 1UP and Joystiq. The axiom was once again highlighted in Wheaton’s blog post[1] about his PAX experience published on August 22nd:

    One of the core messages of my speech was “don’t be a dick” when you play games online, and a lot of people told me how glad they were to hear that. I think I may just go ahead and make it my new motto: Wil Says, “Don’t be a dick!” …or something. I’m working on it.

    Spread

    Soon, both the statement “don’t be a dick” and its eponym Wheaton’s Law became adapted by various blogs and news sites specializing in video games, internet humor and geek culture, further boosting its notability. On February 9th, 2009, the single serving site RuleOfTheInternet.com[4] was launched with a single-line text message that simply read “don’t be a dick.”



    On November 22nd, 2009, comic illustrator and writer Bill Willingham tweeted a revision of the law which established an exceptional clause for those playing characters on television:




    The official Facebook page[5] for Wheaton’s Law was created on December 1st, 2009 and it has since gained more than 1,000 likes (as of June 2012). Later that same month, the first Urban Dictionary[6] definition for “Wheaton’s Rule” was submitted on December 31st and another definition[2] for “Wheaton’s Law” was submitted on June 7th, 2010. Through the late 2000s, the number of page results matching the search term “Wheaton’s law” jumped from 96 results in 2008 to more than 2,250 results by 2011, while the volume of page results matching the keyphrase “don’t be a dick” saw a similar but more moderate increase of 6,060 results in 2008 to 41,300 results by 2011.



    On April 28th, 2011, YouTuber 8O8X posted a stick figure animation titled “it’s okay to not like things,” accompanied by an innocent tune that goes “don’t be a dick about the things you don’t like.”



    In February 2012, Wired Magazine’s Geek Mom columnist Nicole Wakelin wrote about her challenging experience of having to explain the axiom and Wil Wheaton to the fellow parents of her daughter’s classmates. The article was linked in a thread on FARK a few days later.

    Search Interest



    External References


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    About

    The Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory (GIFT) is a postulate which asserts that normal, well-adjusted people may display psychopathic or antisocial behaviors when given both anonymity and a captive audience on the Internet.

    Origin

    On March 19th, 2004, the webcomic site Penny Arcade published a comic titled “Green Blackboards (And Other Anomalies),” which featured a drawing of a green blackboard with the equation “Normal Person + Anonymity + Audience = Total Fuckwad” in reference to behavior seen in the 2004 first-person shooter Unreal Tournament.



    Precursor

    Similar behavior patterns have been observed in the anonymous usage of Citizens’ Band radio, a short-distance radio communications device widely used by truck drivers to find well-stocked fuel stations and share traffic information. On February 20th, 1978, a New Yorker[5] magazine profile piece on talk show host Johnny Carson mentioned that CB radio conversations can include disturbing amounts of racism and masturbation fantasies resulting from the lack of accountability.

    Spread

    A few months later in June of 2004, psychologist John Suler published an article titled “The Online Disinhibition Effect”[4], which posited that social restrictions found in face-to-face interactions are loosened during communications on the Internet. In the article, Suler described “benign disinhibition” as the expression of secret emotions, fears and wishes and “toxic disinhibition” as the malicious behavior that results from understanding that one’s actions will not result in any meaningful consequences.

    On October 6th, 2004, the first Urban Dictionary definition for “Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory” was submitted by user v1cious, which included the equation from the original Penny Arcade comic. On December 6th, 2005, Ars Technica[12] forums member Me@Home posted a thread titled “Find this Penny Arcade comic!”, which asked other forums members to help identify the the GIFT comic. On June 3rd, 2006, Redditor DavidSJ submitted the comic in a post to the /r/reddit.com[7] subreddit, which received over 160 up votes prior to being archived. On December 27th, the webcomic Xkcd published a comic titled “YouTube” as a commentary on the lack of intelligence shown in YouTube comments (shown below). On December 30th, actor Will Wheaton published a blog[9] post about the xkcd comic and pointed out its similarity to the Penny Arcade comic.



    On July 29th, 2007, Xkcd[13] forums member william argued that the image board community of 4chan proves that anonymity causes undesirable behavior in Internet users. On April 2nd, 2008, the gaming blog Gamasutra[10] published a post titled “Fixing Online Gaming Idiocy: A Psychological Approach”, in which gaming designer Bill Fulton mentioned the theory while outlining his experience with griefers in Microsoft’s 2007 game Shadowrun. On October 31st, 2009, the Internet humor site Cracked[14] published a post titled “Misogyny”, which listed the GIFT as a cause of why misogyny occurs online. On August 8th, 2010, a TV Tropes[3] page for “GIFT” was created, listing the theory as an example of the “Invisible Jerkass”[11] trope. On March 9th, 2011, the news site Slate[8] published an article titled “Troll, Reveal Thyself”, which argued against the use of anonymous commenting systems.

    Search Interest

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  • 06/12/12--14:33: The Law of Exclamation


  • About

    The Law of Exclamation is an Internet axiom arguing that a statement’s validity is called into question by the amount of exclamation points used. While the statement was originally made in reference to chain emails and message board postings, it can be also applied to any text found online.

    Origin

    The use of multiple exclamation points being associated with email hoaxes was noted as early as 1997 in two separate articles published by the IBM research team. The first[19] was uploaded that January and intended as a guide for lay population to be able to identify an email virus hoax. The second was a scientific research paper titled “Hoaxes and Hypes”[18] presented later that year at the 7th Virus Bulletin International Conference held in San Francisco, California.



    Precursor

    Throughout his fantasy novel series Discworld[2], Terry Pratchett uses exclamation points in characters’ dialogue as a method of describing their sanity.[3] In the 11th installment of the series titled Reaper Man[4], a character is quoted as saying “Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.” In 2007, the book Send[6] tried to implement a new set of style guidelines for email etiquette that encouraged the use of exclamation marks as a way to show appreciation and excitement in text-only situations.

    This was debated in a Slate[5] article, which cited esteemed author Elmore Leonard’s suggestion of using no more than two to three exclamation points per 100,000 words of prose from a 2001 New York Times[7] article. However, neither of these suggest usage of exclamation points to be indicative of the statement’s validity.

    Spread

    The observation gained significant credibility in March 2008 after FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan voter education project by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, published an article[1] about the validity of chain emails relating to democratic politicians Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton. After finding only 2 of the 31 emails they analyzed contained factual information, author Lori Robertson offered seven tips to look for when reading a suspicious e-mail. One of them addressed the overuse of exclamation points:


    The author just loves using exclamation points. If the author had a truthful point to make, he or she wouldn’t need to put two, three, even five exclamation points after every other sentence. In fact, we’re developing another theory here: The more exclamation points used in an e-mail, the less true it actually is. (Ditto for excessive use of capital letters.)

    The Law of Exclamation was submitted to Rational Wiki[8] in September 2008. The adage was highlighted in another article by The Telegraph[9] in October 2009 and subsequently picked up by the Democratic Underground forums[10] as well as personal blogs including Michael Savoie.com[11], Blurred Clarity[12] and Open Parachute.[13] Additionally, the law has also been applied to fake Facebook[20] profiles and hotel reviews.[21]



    The overuse of exclamation points in email has also been discussed on the Guardian[14], GOOD[15], the Boston Globe[16] and PR Daily[17], but none of these stories implicate the amount of punctuation in a sentence with the likelihood of it being a hoax.

    External References


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  • 06/12/12--17:24: You Tried
  • ((WIP, researching))

    About

    “You Tried” is a catchphrase used to note an attempt to do something that ended up in a “fail”. It is presented as a caption on an image of a gold star. It is frequently used on Tumblr, and is also used on forums and messageboards.

    Origin and Spread

    The origin of the online usage of the phrase “You Tried” online, along with the star image, is difficult to trace. The use of the gold star, however, predates its association with “You Tried.” As early as January 2011, tumblr users began “awarding” each other gold stars for good submissions or asks, such as the following:

    These are a contiuation of the common practice of elementary school teachers awarding their students gold stars for good work or behavior. The first instances of using a gold star along with the phrase “You Tried” appears around May of 2012, and can now be frequently seen on the site, as well as on other discussion or image-based sites. The phrase “You Tried” is a common response to poorly-executed tasks, and in its online context, it is usually used to pretend to express sympathy. When combined with a gold star, it sends a fake message of support despite obvious failure; as such, it is frequently used to troll people.

    On tumblr, the “You Tried” star is usually added after reblogging a post. Since gaining popularity there, it has spread to other forum and imageboard sites, where it is used in similar contexts.

    Derivatives

    Numerous derivatives of the gold star motif exist, most frequently bearing other messages, such as “You Didn’t Try” or “You Died.”


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  • 06/12/12--17:46: Dear Girls
  • About

    Dear Girls is a photoshopped image featuring model Cole Mohr in space holding a sign instructing women to not be insecure. The photograph has been criticized for being pseudofeministic and even misogynistic, inspiring a number of parody images reenacting the photo.

    Origin

    On May 8th, 2011, the Latvian site Spoki[10] published an image compilation including a photo of fashion model Cole Mohr[9] edited with an outer space background and a sign which read “Dear Girls / don’t be insecure / you don’t need make-up & nice clothes / you’re all fucking beautiful.”



    Spread

    On August 8th, 2011, the Mohr photo was posted several times on the microblogging site Tumblr.[11][12][13] On September 3rd, a Facebook[1] page for “Dear Girls Don’t Be Insecure U Don’t Need Makeup & Nice Clothes” was created, which received over 1,250 likes within 10 months. On November 2nd, Tumblr user Unbroken Wave[5]posted several webcam photos of a boy holding signs featuring the same message as the one displayed in Mohr photo (shown below).



    On January 23rd, 2012, Tumblr user The Frogman[8] posted a parody image of the Mohr photo in which he suffocates to death in space (shown below, left). On May 28th, Tumblr user einsteinonacid[6] posted a response image to the Mohr photo holding a sign which read “Dear boy in outer space, don’t tell me what to do” (shown below, right). Within two weeks, the post received over 150,000 notes.



    On May 29th, einsteinonacid’s photo was reposted on the Internet humor sites FunnyJunk[15] and 9gag.[7] The same day, Redditor wonderless2686 submitted the photo to the /r/funny[3] subreddit in a post titled “Dear boy in outer space," receiving over 29,500 up votes and 1,000 comments within 15 days. On June 6th, 2012, Slacktory[4] editor Nick Douglas published an article titled “Sassing Back Boys With Pseudofeminist Handwritten Signs)”, which featured several parody versions of the Mohr photo.

    Notable Examples




    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 06/13/12--07:16: Online Advertisement
  • About

    Online Advertisement is the promotion of marketing messages or products on the internet to attract users. Some of these advertisements are coming up in Pop-Up windows, in banners or also in search result pages and can be annoying to some users. Famous ads appear most on YouTube, Facebook, Google etc. Websites as for example Google AdWords or Yahoo! helps the amount of users to advetise their products. Another word for Online Advertisement can be also Spam. The most famous fake advertisements are the “1.000.000th visitor” pop-ups.

    Related Memes

    Rick Perry’s Strong Ad is a YouTube advertisement for the Texas governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee candidate Rick Perry.

    Herman Cain Smoking Campaign Ad refers to a controversial YouTube advertisement for the Republican presidential nominee candidate Herman Cain.

    Isaiah Mustafa: Old Spice is a series of advertisements and YouTube response videos starring former NFL wide receiver Isaiah Mustafa standing in a bathroom. Several of the videos feature Mustafa answering people’s questions and comments received via Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and other social network channels sponsored by the American grooming products brand. Also featuring Terry Crews in the Old Spice commericials, his commercials are a popular use of YTPMV’s and MADs on YouTube and Nico Nico Douga.

    Wikipedia Fundraising Campaign refers to a series of parody images of the banner ad on the top of the encyclopedia website Wikipedia, that launched after late 2010 featuring the Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales on the pictures. The additional text of the picture: Please Read: A Personal Appeal From Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales became a snowclone and also an important use for this parody fad.

    Your Ad Here is a catchphrase used in pictures made by website onwers to help the other users to advertise their products.


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  • 06/13/12--08:15: Your Ad Here
  • About

    Your Ad Here is a popular catchphrase used in pictures created by website owners for other users to help them advertising their products.

    Examples

    Examples are shown on the image section down below.


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    The Shovelizing Man is a song in Johnny Bravo in Episode 61, ‘’Get Shovelized!’‘,Johnny orders a seemingly complex work-out device over the phone which turns out to be a rusty, worn-out shovel. But at final part, Johnny sings The Shovelizing Man. The Shovelizing Man is a blooper-dubstep type song. So if something happens like, ’driving the car but does not reached anywhere’ the Shovelizing Man can be put on a link. and sended.

    The Fallout and Shovelizer

    Youtube user Drahmull did a parody of The Shovelizer,Shovelizer-Fallout 3 Style! Video was taken 930 views,and 18 likes.
    Also there is a shovel as a weapon in Fallout series.


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  • 06/13/12--11:38: JuliensBlogBattle
  • About

    The JuliensBlogBattle, also called JuliensBlog Battle, is a web contest series, where every YouTube user can participate. The first battle started from March 24th 2012 until April 30th 2012. The goal of this contest is to make a diss track with a well music video dedicated to the famous german YouTube user “JuliensBlog”.

    Story

    It all began, when the german rapper “Sun Diego” created a diss track dedicated to JuliensBlog. The track was first uploaded to YouTube by the music label “LuxusGees Music” under the YouTube username “LuXusGeesTV” on March 23rd, 2012. A day later, JuliensBlog ranted and analysed (opinions and improving) the song. After 6:15 of his rant video, he announced to make a challenge called “JuliensBlogBattle”.

    Submission

    Every participant with the age of at least over 18 years old had to use the .mp3 song made by Florian Wiesner a.k.a Heartbeatz, that was downloadable on the website depositfiles.com. The music videos of the participants couldn’t be first uploaded to YouTube and video responses weren’t also possible. They had to upload their music videos to another file sharing website and share the file link by sending him a message via YouTube with the subject “FICK DICH JULIEN” (english: FUCK YOU JULIEN).

    Intuitability of the Videos

    Most of the submissions were uploaded by Juliens’ YouTube account and many of them didn’t have the potential to be aired to his channel. The actual first JuliensBlogBattle track, that was uploaded on March 27th, 2012 to YouTube, was “SmockOfficial’s” track but he couldn’t participate the challenge because he wasn’t at least over 18 years old.

    On April 16th, 2012 Julien uploaded the first 3 videos, that were submitted as “most failed” videos by him. He titled them “HALL OF SHAME” and the participants were named Nhung, Jan-Hendrik and MCZ. On April 19th and 21st, 2012 other 2 “HALL OF SHAME” videos were uploaded.

    The S01 behind of the title “JuliensBlogBattle” means Season 01. Julien decides, if there should be more seasons of this battle or not.

    Rating

    Julien rates the videos and the including diss tracks of the participants with 100% rating by the amount of the viewers ratings of each accepted qualification and Julien’s rating by following themes:

    Complete points to gain by the:

    video: 20 points
    pronunciation/perspicuity: 10 points
    punchlines: 10 points
    technic: 10 points
    flow: 10 points
    style: 10 points
    hook: 10 points
    quality: 10 points
    additional points: 10 points

    Quarterfinals

    In the quarterfinals the winners should offend the other specified quarterfinals participants.


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  • 06/13/12--16:46: Game of Thrones
  • About

    Game of Thrones is an HBO medieval fantasy television series adapted from George R. R. Martin’s series of novels A Song of Ice and Fire. The series takes place in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, revolving around a violent struggle for control of the Iron Throne between several noble families. The series is known for its extreme violence, disturbing subject matter and explicit sex scenes.

    History

    A Song of Ice and Fire

    The first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series titled A Game of Thrones was published Bantam Spectra on August 6th, 1996. In the following years, the sequels A Clash of Kings (February, 1999), A Storm of Swords(November 2000) A Feast for Crows (November 2005) and A Dance with Dragons (July 2011) were released.



    Game of Thrones

    The first season of the HBO television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss debuted on April 17th, 2011. The series was filmed primarily at the Paint Hall Studios in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with other portions filmed in Iceland, Croatia, Morocco and Malta.



    Reception

    The show’s first season received positive reviews from critics for its production value, character development and acting performances, receiving a Metacritic[13] score of 79. On December 23rd, 2011, the Game of Thrones fan blog Winter is Coming[14] reported that the show had been selected in both the Washington Post and Time’s “best of 2011” television show lists.



    The show has been criticized for its numerous scenes involving nudity and sexuality. On April 14th, the comedy television show Saturday Night Live ran a Game of Thrones parody sketch (shown below), which mocked the show’s gratuitous use of nude scenes. On April 26th, Washington Post[15] columnist Anna Holmes criticized the show for being aimed primarily at male heterosexual audiences and pointed out the absurdity of women in a medieval setting having Brazilian waxes. On May 2nd, Gawker’s pop culture blog io9[16] published an article titled “Is Game of Thrones’ gratuitous sex worse than the gratuitous violence?”, which argued that the show’s second season used disturbing and distasteful sexual imagery.



    Online Reaction

    On March 2nd, 2010, the /r/GameofThrones[5] subreddit was created by Redditor DadfyddLlyr, which accumulated over 76,000 subscribers in two years. On August 29th, 2011, the Internet humor site Dorkly[9] published a post tiled “Stupid Game of Thrones Characters”, which featured several image macros mocking the storylines of various characters in the series (shown below).



    On February 20, 2012, the webcomic site TheOatmeal published a comic titled “I Tried to Watch Game of Thrones and This is What Happened”, which lamented HBO’s lack of on demand Internet streaming for the show leading to piracy.



    On May 4th, an anonymous 4chan user started a thread on the /tv/[12] (television) board featuring poorly drawn MS Paint illustrations of the characters from the series, accompanied by child-like descriptions with misspelled names. The thread received over 320 responses prior to being archived. As of June 14th, 2012, the Game of Thrones Wiki[19] has over 1,300 pages, the official @GameOfThrones Twitter[17] account has over 385,000 followers and the “Game of Thrones” Facebook[18] page has over 3.1 million likes.



    Fan Art

    The fantasy series has inspired fans to create illustrations of the show’s characters, many of which can be found on the art sharing community DeviantArt.[11]




    Theme Covers



    Related Memes

    Brace Yourselves, X is Coming

    The snowclone phrase Brace Yourselves, X is Coming was inspired by the motto of House Stark of Winterfell from A Song of Ice and Fire and the title of the HBO pilot episode. The advice animal Imminent Ned is typically captioned with variations of the snowclone template.



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    [w.i.p.]

    About

    Professor Layton Figures, is a set of Revoltech toys released in Japan, which are based on the Professor Layton series. In a similar style to Hentai Woody , it features Layton placed in different scenarios.

    Origin

    in 2006, Japanese toy company Kaiyodo[1] started to make and release a series of Revoltech line of toys (However, most of them were based mainly of Anime figures). In 2010, Kaiyodo released a new line of toys focusing on iconic characters from Japanese and American film and television series. In March of 2010, around the same time they announced the Toy Story line of toys, Kaiyodo released a series of Professor Layton related toys, which came with Layton related add-ons, such as a tea-set and notebook.

    Spread

    After the release of the Figures, Different parodies of the toy started pop up on sites like Tumblr[2] as well as others. These images, usually placed Layton in either awkward situations, or sitting with another person at the table included in the set. Another of the more popular images was one of Layton holding a machine gun behind a table, which became a type of image macro. The first variation of this image macro was seen after a thread entitled “I’ll just pretend im not expecting macros…”[3] was posted along with a blank photo of the Layton with a machine gun image to 4chan’s /v/ Video Game board on the 3 December 2010. It was followed by an onslaught of Professor Layton figure image macros.

    Derivatives


    External References

    [1] Wikipedia – Kaiyodo

    [2] Tumblr – Professor Layton

    [3] 4Chan Archive – I’ll Just Pretend I’m Not Expecting Any Image Macros…


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  • 06/13/12--17:03: Danth's Law
  • About

    Danth’s Law (sometimes known as Parker’s Law) is an Internet axiom which asserts that if a person has to insist that he or she has won an Internet argument, it is likely the said person has lost.

    Origin

    The name stems from a discussion thread posted on the RPG.net forums in October 2005, when one of the members named Danth[2] got into an argument with another poster, Spiderman1fan.[3] As other users began attacking the holes in Danth’s logic, he replied by saying that since people were resorting to mean-spirited comments about him, he took it as a sign that he has won the argument.[4] This observation was coined as “Danth’s Law” two years later with its inclusion in the Rational Wiki[1] in May 2007.

    If you have to insist that you’ve won an Internet argument, you’ve probably lost badly.

    Spread

    In 2008, Danth’s Law was invoked at least twice[5][6] on the RPG.net forums, as well as on the Debating Christianity & Religion forums.[23] The next year, a tag for “Danth’s Law”[7] was added to the RPG.net forums to collect other threads referencing the eponym. The law was also referenced in a 2009 Telegraph article[8] on laws of the Internet, a 2010 thread on Democratic Underground[24] and included in the TV Tropes[9] page for Forum and Community Laws.



    Cohen’s Law

    According to RationalWiki[22], a man named Brian Cohen coined a similar eponym in June 2007, which stated that if someone uses the argument “if someone uses the argument that x, they have automatically lost the debate”, then he or she has lost the debate. The recursive statement can be seen as a humorous commentary on the internet users’ tendencies to invoke implicit laws as means of supporting their arguments.

    The Lenski Affair

    In 2008, conservative activist and creator of Conservapedia Andrew Schlafly[10] began corresponding with evolutionary biologist Richard Lenski[11] about his long-term evolution experiment on E. coli bacteria, tracking genetic changes in 12 identical strains. After a paper was published[14] in June 2008 noting that the strains were evolving, with one undergoing at least three distinct changes to enable them to process a new chemical, Schlafly wrote a letter to the biologist arguing that this was not possible, asking for “data supporting [his] remarkable claims.” After Lenski responded with a brief summary of the published paper that would have answered his questions, Schlafly wrote a second letter that seemingly ignored the professor’s initial response, insisting to look at the data himself. Lenski’s second response was lengthy, again urging Schlafly to read the actual paper. Lenski also pointed out that he had reviewed the discussion about the paper on Conservapedia and seen Schlafly refer to his research as fraudulent and a hoax.



    Schlafly documented the correspondence on Conservapedia[13], editing Lenski’s letters to his liking. After two users inquired as to why pieces of Lenski’s response was omitted, they were blocked from the Wiki.[15] Additionally, any mention of the letters being edited was removed from the discussion page on the site. Following the incident, Schlafly also added Lenski to Conservapedia’s list of professors who exhibit immortal, unethical or bizarre behavior.[16]

    Both the correspondence and Schlafly’s biased editing of the letters to undermine Lenski’s reputation, were covered by a variety of science and politics blogs including A Candid World[17], ScienceBlogs[18], Bad Science[19], Ars Technica[21] and Short Sharp Science[20], the blog of New Scientist Magazine where the original research was published. An unedited version of the correspondence was later posted on Rational Wiki.[15]

    Bill O’Reilly

    Danth’s Law has also been applied to political commentator Bill O’Reilly several times, as he is known for pushing arguments after they seem to have ended.[1] This has been represented in the image macro series You Can’t Explain That, taken from an interview between O’Reilly and American Atheists president Dave Silverman when O’Reilly asserted that the tide coming in and out regularly without fail was inexplicable and therefore, proof of a god’s existence.



    Fox News

    By calling themselves “fair and balanced,” the cable and satellite television news channel calls its own integrity into question. Much of the criticism about the channel calls this slogan hypocritical, pointing out their right-wing bias. Some of the channel’s commentators often cut off their guests or rudely interrupt them if they disagree with the opinions presented.



    External References


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  • 06/13/12--22:55: Slashdot Effect
  • About

    The Slashdot Effect (also known as slashdotting) refers to the massive increase in a website’s traffic and subsequent downtime as a result of referral from a high-profile website with a larger audience. The term usually signifies negative consequences experienced by the receiving end, such as significant delay in loading time or even temporary outage insufficient data bandwidth. However, the scope of its usage was eventually extended to describe any effect from being listed on a popular site, similar to the definition of the generic term “flash crowd.”

    Origin

    The name stems from the popular tech news site Slashdot, where featured links would often become unavailable as a result of its readers suddenly flooding into an unsuspecting website with smaller bandwidth capacity. The site that became inaccessible as a result of referral traffick from Slashdot is said to have been “Slashdotted” or “/.”



    The term was first coined on the site sometime in the second quarter of 1998 and the original definition was submitted to the Free Online Dictionary of Computing by Slashdot user John Abbot on October 24th, 1998. Less than a month later in November, Abbot posted a link to the dictionary entry on Slashdot, which remains the earliest known mention of the term on the site.

    (Jargon) An effect where a document on a WWW server is linked to from another, popular, site, with the resultant traffic overloading the server so that a connection cannot be made to it. This is especially likely if the server is running Microsoft IIS.

    Precursor

    The generic term “flash crowd” was coined more than two decades earlier in Larry Niven’s 1973 science fiction short story Flash Crowd, which posited that the invention of inexpensive teleportation would lead people to instantly overcrowd the sites of interesting news stories or spectacles. Twenty years later, the term became commonly used on the Internet to describe exponential spikes in website or server usage when it passes a certain threshold of popular interest.

    Spread

    In 1999, The term “Slashdot effect” and its verb form “Slashdotted” entered the lexicon of Slashdot users and spread to other tech news and geek culture sites. The “slashdotting” of webpages remained a frequent occurrence throughout the early 2000s, as most websites and blogs weren’t properly equipped to handle such influx of traffic, with the exception of major news sites or corporate websites. The referred websites were reported as inaccessible within minutes of a story’s appearance on Slashdot’s homepage. In some of the more extreme cases, premium subscribers of the site would overwhelm the referred site even before the story became available for the general readership.




    Perhaps due to the community’s highly educated demographic, there have been several research and data analysis projects surveying the magnitude of Slashdot effect on websites, which may range from several hundred to several thousand hits per minute. On February 1, 1999, Slashdot user Stephen Adler published a paper titled “The Slashdot effect,” which provided a cross-comparison of incoming website traffic to three academic papers after they were featured on the news sites Slashdot, Linux today and Freshmeat.



    A Google Image search for the term “slashdot effect” yields dozens of statistical graphs illustrating the impact of Slashdot on the referred websites. According to these estimates, the peak of traffic influx usually occurs when the article is placed at the top of the home page and begins to subside as the news story is superseded by newer items and pushed off the front page. The earliest Urban Dictionary entry for the term was submitted in November 2002, followed by its appearance on the online slang glossary Jargon File as early as in June 2003.

    Solutions

    Many solutions have been proposed for sites to deal with the Slashdot effect. In 2004, Slashdot user and founder of network security firm Edgeos Jay Jacobson launched a project called Mirrordot to alleviate the negative impact by automatically mirroring any website that is linked on the news site’s homepage, thus mitigating the impact of the flash crowd. Jacobson’s project was covered by Wired Magazine in an article published on October 1st, 2004. According to the article, Jacobson started Mirrordot after growing frustrated with the frequent downtime of featured links on the site.



    By 2005, Slashdot effect became a less frequent occurrence, partially due to the decrease in costs of bandwidth and the development of preventative measures like Mirrordot, as well as the news site’s diminishing daily traffic caused by the rising popularity of other news sites like Digg and Reddit. The disappearance of Slashdot effect was noted by business news publication Bloomberg Weekly in an article published on March 2nd, 2005.

    Notable Examples

    Throughout the 2000s, the generic usage of Slashdot effect spread across other tech news sites and geek culture blogs designed as user-submitted news communities, most notably on Digg, Reddit and FARK, where the term spawned localized versions like “Digg Effect”, “Reddit Effect”, and getting “FARKed.” The political news blog Drudge Report has been also known to produce similar effect on smaller websites, which became known as getting “Drudged.” Additional case studies can be found on a number of globally popular, high-profile websites, such as links that spread virally through Twitter or Google Doodles that are featured on Google’s homepage.

    Search Interest



    External References

    [1] Wikipedia – Slashdot Effect

    [2] Free Online Dictionary of Computing – Slashdot

    [3] Slashdot – Woohoo, We’re Famous

    [4] Slashdot – Beware of the Slashdot Effect

    [5] Slashdot – A Mediocre Article

    [6] Princeton University – Slashdotting

    [7] Brookhaven National Laboratory – The Slashdot Effect

    [8] Jargon File – Slashdot Effect

    [9] Urban Dictionary – Slashdot Effect

    [10] Bloomberg Business – Less Impact from the Slashdot Effect

    [11] Wired – Solution for Slashdot Effect?

    [12] I Grok2 – Reddit Effect

    [13] ReadWriteWeb – Digg Effect

    [14]CNNGoogle’s unknown artist has huge following


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  • 06/14/12--13:17: Internet Tough Guy Copypasta
  • About

    The Internet Tough Guy Copypasta is a piece of copypasta containing the “stories” of a Navy Seals soldier, such as stories about his past missions and current capabilities through military force. The copypasta is commonly used for humerous purposes and to make fun of the stereotypical tough guy behavior found on the internet.

    Origin

    The oldest archived instance of this copypasta being used was on 4chan’s “Robot Nine Thousand One”, /r9k/, board.[1]

    The Copypasta

    What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I’m the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You’re fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You’re fucking dead, kiddo.

    External References

    [1] Chanarchive – Things your mom grandmother etc does on the computer that’s just dumbfounding [Warning: NSFW Content]


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