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  • 03/03/17--10:06: Moana
  • About

    Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy comedy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 56th Disney animated feature film. The film was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker and co-directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams. The film features music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina.

    History

    After directing The Princess and the Frog (2009), Clements and Musker started working on an adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Mort, but problems with acquiring the necessary film rights prevented them from continuing with that project. To avoid a recurrence of that issue, they pitched three original ideas. The genesis of one of those ideas (the one that was ultimately green-lighted) occurred in 2011, when Musker began reading up on Polynesian mythology, and learned of the heroic exploits of the demigod Maui. Intrigued with the rich culture of Polynesia, he felt it would be a suitable subject for an animated film. Shortly thereafter, Musker and Clements wrote a treatment and pitched it to John Lasseter, who recommended that both of them should go on research trips.



    Reception

    As of March 1, 2017, Moana has grossed $246.2 million in the U.S. and Canada and $334.9 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $581.1 million. On January 22, 2017, the film reached the $500 million mark, becoming the fourth consecutive Walt Disney Animation Studios film to reach the milestone after Frozen (2013), Big Hero 6 (2014), and Zootopia (2016). Although Disney has not disclosed the film’s production budget, most of its animated films cost around $150 million.

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    You’re Welcome

    You’re Welcome. is a song from the 2016 Disney film Moana. The song grew into a popular vehicle for Word Replacement Remixes on YouTube in late 2016.



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  • 03/13/17--08:37: DELETE THIS NEPHEW
  • About

    DELETETHISNEPHEW is a popular comment and joke on the /r/BlackPeopleTwitter subreddit referencing a Facebook thread where an angry uncle instructs his nephew to delete a status about not wearing seatbelts.

    Origin

    On January 3rd, 2017, Full-Penetration posted a screenshot of a Facebook status that reads “U a faggot if u wear a seatbelt…REALNIGGASFLYOUTTHECAR” to /r/BlackPeopleTwitter.[1] In the ensuing thread on the status, the anonymous poster’s uncle posts a selfie of himself looking angry, captioned “DELETETHISNEPHEW…..” Full-Penetration’s post of the screenshot, shown below, gained over 4,300 points.



    Spread

    Shortly after the post, the image and variations on it began spreading through Reddit. The following day, the image was posted to /r/oldpeoplefacebook[2] where it gained over 3,100 points. On the 5th, herfavseason posted an edit making the uncle look like a Yu-Gi-Oh card to /r/bptcg.[3]



    Meanwhile, the phrase became a popular joke comment on certain “extreme” posts on /r/BlackPeopleTwitter, similar to delet this. This led to two inquiry threads, one posted on /r/OutOfTheLoop[4] and another on /r/OutOfTheHoop.[5] The phrase also began appearing regularly on Twitter in the coming months.[6]

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  • 03/13/17--08:56: End Him Rightly
  • About

    “End Him Rightly” is an expression translated from the ca. 1430s MS KK5013[3] German fencing manual, which recommends unscrewing the pommel of a bladed weapon to throw at an opponent prior to executing them with a sword. In late 2014, the tactic was popularized in a video by YouTuber Skallagrim Nilsson.

    Origin

    On December 5th, 2014, YouTuber Nilsson uploaded a video titled “End Him Rightly,” in which he describes a tactic outlined in a Medieval fighting manual that recommends unscrewing the pommel of a sword to throw it at an opponent to stun them in order to perform an execution and “end him rightly” (shown below). Within three years, the video gained over 1.14 million views and 6,300 comments.



    Spread

    On October 5th, 2015, YouTuber Shadiversity uploaded a video responding to the “End Him Rightly” tactic, in which he discusses whether or not the tactic was actually a joke (shown below).



    On June 27th, 2016, Imgur[1] user iamtheknight14 uploaded a gallery containing the page from the Medieval fighting manual along with GIFs from Nilsson’s video (shown below).



    On July 4th, an entry for “end him rightly” was submitted to Urban Dictionary,[4] where it was described as the practice of throwing an unscrewed pommel at an opponent (shown below).



    On March 5th, 2017, Redditor KingKorova1 posted a screenshot of a thrown pommel item from the 2017 fighting game For Honor next to a picture of Nilsson with the caption “heavy breathing” (shown below). Within one week, the post gained over 1,400 points (96% upvoted) and 70 comments on /r/forhonor.[5]



    On March 8th, a gameplay trailer for the upcoming Medieval fighting game Mordahau was released, in which an armored knight is downed by the player unscrewing and throwing the pommel of their sword at the back of his head (shown below). That day, a GIF of the scene was uploaded by Imgur user dannyboy2254. On March 12th, YouTuber Skallagrim uploaded a video reacting to the Mordhau Trailer (shown below, right).



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Imgur – How to End Him Rightly

    [2]Imgur – Mordhau

    [3]Wiktenauer – Gladiatoria MS KK5013

    [4]Urban Dictionary – end him rightly

    [5]Reddit – End Him Rightly

    [6]Uncyclopedia – End Him Rightly


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  • 03/13/17--11:14: Serbian Empire in 1350
  • About

    Serbian Empire in 1350 is an image macro series in which features various jokes regarding the size of the Serbian Empire in the year 1350.

    Origin

    On June 4th, 2014, Redditor Zoran_Stojanovic submitted a map of the Serbian Empire under the rule of Tzar Dušan in 1350 to /r/MapPorn.[4]



    Spread

    On December 6th, 2016, the Greater Serbiaball Facebook[2] page posted a multi-pane Vince McMahon reaction image with various descriptions of Serbia (shown below).



    On March 11th, Redditor Imjustanoob0 an image of a pornographic actress saying “It’s so fucking big” captioned with “When you show her map of Serbian Empire in 1350” to /r/dankmemes,[6] where it gathered upwards of 18,800 points (88% upvoted) and 320 comments within f8 hours. Redditor EagleVega reposted the image to /r/MemeEconomy.[7]



    On March 12th, Redditor Stimlife uploaded a Drakeposting image reacting to a current map of Serbia compared to a map of the Serbian Empire in 1350 to /r/dankmemes,[5] where it received more than 7,200 votes (89% upvoted) and 160 comments within 24 hours (shown below, left). Meanwhile, Redditor Pledge42 submitted a post titled “Serbian Empire circa 1355” to /r/dankmemes,[1] which included a picture of a Rebel X-Wing fighter pilot from Star Wars with the caption “Look at the size of that thing!” (shown below, right). That day, Redditor nerfpirate submitted a post asking “What’s with the Serbian Empire in 1350 memes?” to /r/OutOfTheLoop.[3]



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  • 03/13/17--11:32: Prince Sidon
  • About

    Prince Sidon is a character from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild who has become the target of fan art and image macros.

    Origin

    Prince Sidon is a member of Zoran royalty who appears early on in Breath of the Wild as Link prepares to take on Divine Beast Vah Ruta. Fans of the game immediately began commenting that Sidon was attractive. A Venture Beat[1] review of the game made note of this the day before the game’s release.

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  • 03/03/17--11:56: I Need Healing
  • About

    “I Need Healing” is a voice line uttered by various hero characters in the game Overwatch when requesting heals from a Support hero. While many characters are capable of making the request, the phrase is commonly associated with the Offense hero Genji.

    Origin

    On May 31st, 2015, Overwatch Forums member CamKitty submitted a thread complaining about teammates spamming the voice line “I need healing” throughout matches in the game, which specifically pointed out Genji players for “spamming the voice line from the back line.”[4]

    Spread

    On July 2nd, 2016, Tumblr user joscribbles uploaded a parody of the “I Don’t Like Thing”[2] webcomic in which the Overwatch hero Tracer repeatedly spams the phrase “I need healing” (shown below).



    On August 7th, 2016, YouTuber Spero Games uploaded a video titled “I Need Healing,” in which a Pharah player repeatedly requests healing from a Mercy while over-extended toward the enemy (shown below, left). On September 30th, YouTuber Potato Creator uploaded a “SourceFilmmaker”: video in which Mercy shoots Widowmaker for repeatedly asking for healing (shown below, right).



    On December 31st, YouTuber Pathesis uploaded an edited of the “Say What Again” scene from the 1994 Pulp Fiction in which Mercy demands Genji say “I need healing” (shown below, left). On February 4th, 2017, YouTuber TheRussianBadger uploaded an Overwatch explainer video titled “I Need Healing,” in which features he discusses Genji requesting healing as a meme (shown below,).



    On January 8th, 2017, YouTuber Minty uploaded video in which an illustration of Mercy is slowly zoomed in while various characters say “I need healing” in the background (shown below, left). On January 26th, 2017, YouTuber Subiko Rem uploaded a video in which the hero Mercy loses her mind after a Genji player says “I need healing” (shown below).



    On February 15th, 2017, YouTuber hushe uploaded a “You Reposted in the Wrong Neighborhood” remix in which a Genji player says “I need healing” immediately before losing the match (shown below).



    The following day, Tumblr user MyServentsNeverDie[1] posted a photograph of a spoon with a reflection resembling Genji’s helmet captioned with the phrase “I need healing” (shown below). Within one month, the post gained over 17,800 notes. On March 3rd, Imgur[3] user Kisae uploaded a multi-panel image zooming in on a part of the Overwatch hero Orisa’s torso resembling Genji’s helmet with the caption “I need healing” (shown below, right).



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  • 03/13/17--14:53: Weaponized Autism
  • About

    “Weaponized Autism” is an expression referring to the impressive capabilities of socially awkward, tech-savvy internet users, typically associated with users on various 4chan boards.

    Origin

    Spread

    On September 11th, 2016, YouTuber dougRiss uploaded a video titled “Anime Thesis,” in which he speculates that anime was invented by the Japanese as a form of “weaponized autism” against the Western world (shown below).



    On October 25th, Redditor elsuperj submitted a post asking for /r/AskThe_Donald[3] readers to “explain the ‘weaponized autism’ in-joke.”

    On November 29th, Urban Dictionary[1] user BarrySoetero submitted an entry for “weaponized autism,” defining it as “the focused application of nerdiness, computer tech avvy and social awkwardness in the cyber pursuit of justice” (shown below).



    Following the capture of the He Will Not Divide Us flag, which 4chan users discovered by tracking flight patterns and star movements, many referred to the incident as an example of “weaponized autism.”

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  • 03/13/17--15:50: #pray4bougie
  • Bougie is a seal that has been diagnosed with tail cancer. The good parts of humanity on 4chan are trying to save him by spreading the word across Youtube. He needs all the help he can get to survive this saddening disease..


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  • 03/13/17--17:03: My Little Pony: The Movie
  • About

    My Little Pony: The Movie is an upcoming 2017 Canadian–American animated musical fantasy film based on the television series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, which was developed as part of the 2010 relaunch of the My Little Pony toy line by Hasbro. Directed and written by Friendship Is Magic veterans Jayson Thiessen and Meghan McCarthy, respectively, the film stars the series’ regular voice cast – Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain, and Cathy Weseluck – reprising their roles alongside guest performances by Kristin Chenoweth, Emily Blunt, Michael Peña, Uzo Aduba, Liev Schreiber, Taye Diggs, Sia Furler, and Zoe Saldana.

    History

    At San Diego Comic-Con International in 2012, Friendship Is Magic head writer Meghan McCarthy commented on the possibility of a feature film based on the series, saying it was not in her control whether or not the film would be made. The film was announced on October 20, 2014, with Joe Ballarini originally attached as screenwriter and McCarthy as co-executive producer. Hasbro Studios president Stephan Davis said of the film that “I think it gives us an opportunity to tell a bigger story, that maybe we can’t tell on television” and that “it’s also an opportunity to broaden the franchise”. The film is one of the first being produced through Hasbro Studios’ self-financing film label Allspark Pictures, which also produced the live-action adaptation of Jem and the Holograms. During PonyCon AU on February 22, 2015, McCarthy said that the movie would be unrelated to the Equestria Girls spin-off franchise, and that the crew was “going all out on it, to make sure it doesn’t just feel like an extended episode”. On August 7, 2015, Lionsgate confirmed that they would distribute and market the film worldwide, with the exception of China. Series director Jayson Thiessen and McCarthy were both confirmed as the film’s director and screenwriter, respectively; Michael Vogel was also signed on as co-executive producer alongside McCarthy, with Hasbro executives Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis as producers, and screenwriter Rita Hsiao later announced as co-writer alongside McCarthy. The film was showcased at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival on May 10 along with eight other Lionsgate films to help sell the movie to international distributors. On April 30, 2016, concept artwork and other information was officially revealed at PonyRadioCon in Moscow; the panel included additional plot details such as the main characters’ transformation into “sea ponies” for a portion of the film.

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  • 03/13/17--18:54: Pixar's Cars
  • About

    Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by John Lasseter, it is Pixar’s final independently-produced motion picture before its purchase by Disney.

    History

    Cars would be the final film worked on by Joe Ranft; he died in a car accident a year before the film’s release, aged 45. The film was the second to be dedicated to his memory, after Corpse Bride (that showed the roles he had done in the other films directed by John Lasseter during the credits). This is also the last (non-documentary) movie for Paul Newman before his retirement in 2007 and his death in 2008. It turned out to be the highest-grossing film of his career.

    Reception

    Cars was met with positive reviews. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 74% approval rating with an average rating of 6.9/10 based on 196 reviews. The site’s consensus reads “Cars offers visual treats that more than compensate for its somewhat thinly written story, adding up to a satisfying diversion for younger viewers.” Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 73 out of 100 based on 39 reviews.

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    Lightning McQueen’s Ka-Chow

    Lightning McQueen’s Ka-Chow is the catchphrase of the character Lightning McQueen from the 2006 Disney and Pixar film Cars. It began spreading in 2016 as an ironic punchline in image macros on Facebook, iFunny and Reddit.

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    Do you think Link likes slushies was a joke created by SpaceHamster when he and his friend PeanutButterGamer were playing Zelda Mario Maker levels for the PBGGameplay channel. The phrase got popularity instantly, and became a popular channel inside joke, before spreading into SpaceHamster’s and PBG’s main channels. After that, the joke spread into other NormalBoots and Hidden Block channels, and eventually grew into its own meme.


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  • 03/14/17--07:35: #IAmMajor
  • About

    #IAmMajor is a social media campaign for the 2017 science fiction film Ghost in the Shell, in which participants create image macros describing themselves in various ways. Following the launch of the campaign in early March 2017, Twitter users began using the meme generator to create images accusing the film of “whitewashing”.

    Origin

    In January 2015, many accused the producers of the upcoming 2017 live-action film adaptation of the Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell of whitewashing due to the casting of Scarlett Johannson as the lead role. On March 10th, 2017, the website IAmMajor.me[2] was launched for internet users to create Ghost in the Shell-themed image macros based on the prompt “What makes you unique?,” encouraging users to share the images along with the hashtag “#IAmMajor”[6] (shown below).



    Spread

    On March 11th, 2017, Twitter user @ValerieComplex[3] posted several image macros mocking the film for casting Scarlett Johannson instead of an Asian actress (shown below). Within 72 hours, the tweet gained over 5,100 likes and 4,000 retweets.



    In the coming days, many other Twitter users posted similar whitewashing-themed #IAmMajor image macros (shown below). On March 13th, BuzzFeed[1] published an article about the #IAmMajor parodies. In the coming days, other news sites reported on the hijacked social media campaign, including The Huffington Post,[4] Entertainment Weekly,[5] Mashable[7] and Heat Street.[8]



    Search Interest

    Not available.

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  • 03/14/17--08:18: Hiding From a Serial Killer
  • About

    Hiding From a Serial Killer is an image macro series featuring a photograph of a man in his underwear hiding behind a closet door. The images are typically captioned with mock interactions in which a person trying to hide from a serial killer is tricked into giving away their location in a variety of humorous ways.

    Origin

    On December 14th, 2016, Twitter user @tylercoleray[1] tweeted a mock dialogue in which he accidentally replies with the lyrics to “Rain Drop Drop Top” while being hunted by a serial killer (shown below). Within three months, the tweet gained over 2,600 likes and 1,500 retweets.



    Spread

    That same day, Twitter user @ItsKermit[7] reposted @tylercoleray’s tweet. On December 23rd, 2016, Instagram user thefunnyintrovery[5] posted a photograph of a man hiding in a closet captioned with @tylercoleray’s tweet (shown below). Within three months, the post garnered more than 18,800 likes and 670 comments.



    On March 12th, 2017, Redditor Berwve submitted a post titled “Hiding from serial killer memes on the rise!” to /r/memeeconomy,[2] highlighting an image macro in which the man accidentally replies “Trivago” when the serial killer asks “Hotel?” (shown below, let). That same day, Redditor unixstickers uploaded a Linux operating system-themed image macro to /r/linuxmemes.[3]



    On March 12th, the 9gag Instagram[4] feed posted a photograph of a woman hiding in a library, who is tricked into revealing her location by singing along to ""All Star"": (shown below). Within 48 hours, the post gained over 415,000 likes.



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Twitter – @tylercoleray

    [2]Reddit – Hiding from serial killer memes on the rise

    [3]Reddit – /r/linuxmemes

    [4]Instagram – 9gag

    [5]Instagram – @thefunnyintrovert

    [7]Twitter – @ItsKermit

    [8]OnSizzle – serial killer memes


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  • 03/14/17--08:24: Annie96 is Typing...
  • About

    Annie96 is Typing… is a creepypasta written by Pascal Chatterjee that was very popular at the time of its publication in 2014 and again in early 2017 when it became a popular subject for YouTube reaction videos.

    Origin

    On March 20th, 2014, Chatterjee published “annie96 is typing…” to storiesforyourscreen.com.[1] Billed as “the creepiest chat history you’ll ever read,” “annie96 is typing…” is framed as a found chat between “annie96,” the handle of the character Annie, and “mcdavey,” the handle of the character David, on WhatsApp. The creepypasta is uniquely interactive in that in order to read the next message sent in the chat, the user must hit Enter.



    In the creepypasta, annie96 texts mcdavey and tells him there is a creepy man wearing his jacket in her garden. David calls the cops. The story progresses to the point where the creepy man breaks into Annie’s house, but before he reaches her, things seem to resolve themselves. However, the ending is left ambiguous.

    Spread

    “annie96 is typing…” was very popular at the time of its publication. At first, it was popular mainly among fans of creepypasta. Two weeks after it was first posted, a link was shared in /r/creepy[2] and gained 1,167 karma. Interest in the story seemed to be fading until May 15th, when it and the hashtag #annie96 began trending on Twitter. On that day, hundreds of Twitter users shared the story and speculated if the story was indeed fictional. The story’s spread brought the attention of some media outlets, including Denmark blog Entwickler[3] and The Irish Times.[4] Meanwhile, a fan theory about the events written by Wattpad user BRIELismyname[5] began spreading on Twitter at the same time as the story due to the author’s poor use of grammar. The Wattpad post, shown below, has over 72,500 views and 500 favorites (spoilers for “annie96 is typing…” below)



    Reactions

    Interest in “annie96 is typing…” waned over the following three years, until it became a popular subject for YouTube reaction videos in early 2017. On January 21st, popular YouTuber Kyutie[6] posted a video of her reaction to the story. The video, shown below, gained over 6 million views.


    This was the first of dozens of YouTube videos where YouTubers filmed their reaction to the creepypasta. several got over a million views, sparking newfound interest in the creepypasta.



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  • 03/14/17--10:18: Morgan's Protein Bar
  • In Season 6 of the Walking Dead, Morgan asks Michonne if she ate his peanut butter protein bar. This meme was made directly after and was not made here so I entered it. The conversation goes like this:

    “Michonne?”

    “Yeah?”

    “Did you eat one of my protein bars?”

    “No.”

    “Could’ve sworn I had one peanut butter left.”

    “That’s how it always is isnt it? You always think you have one more peanut butter left.”

    The meme took of seconds after the episode ended and kept going for the rest of season 6 until it died out and Season 7 was released.


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    About

    Video Games Appeal to The Male Fantasy refers to a series of videos remixing a clip of feminists playing Grand Theft Auto posted by Buzzfeed. In the clip, one presenter says “I wrote a blog post a while ago about why I f***ing hate video games. They appeal to this male fantasy!” In the remix videos, after the presenter says that line, different clips meant to humorously illustrate “the male fantasy” are inserted.

    Origin

    On April 23rd, 2015, Buzzfeed Yellow[1] published a video titled “Feminists Play Grand Theft Auto For The First Time.” In the video, several presenters express shock and disgust at some of the game’s violence and the way it objectifies women. About halfway through the video, one presenter, Claudia from the blog Oscar Hates Sexism, plays through a scene that takes place at a strip club. In response to the action, she exclaims, “I wrote a blog post[2] a while ago about why I f***ing hate video games, because this is what it does! It appeals to the male fantasy!” (shown below).



    Spread

    On August 29th, 2016, YouTube user punpun paired the clip of Claudia talking about the male fantasy with a clip from Uncharted of the main character attaching bombs to an enemy’s crotch and watching him fly away. The video gained over 126,000 views.



    This was the first of dozens of videos that remixed the clip. One of the most popular with over 277,000 views was posted by YouTube user Tom Benda, who included a clip of Han Solo dancing from the game Kinect Star Wars for the Xbox Kinect.



    On October 2nd, 2016, YouTube user Graham posted a compilation of “Male Fantasy” remix videos. The video, shown below, is the most watched “Male Fantasy” video with over 280,000 views.



    Various Examples



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Buzzfeed Yellow – Feminists Play GTA

    [2]Oscar Hates Sexism – I FUCKINGHATEVIDEOGAMES


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    Overview

    Kellyanne Conway’s Microwave Spying Gaffe refers to a statement made by Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, in which she claimed microwaves were being used as surveillance cameras during an interview in early March 2017.

    Background

    On March 4th, 2017, United States President Donald Trump posted a tweet claiming that Barack Obama issued wiretaps against Trump Tower prior to the November 2016 election (shown below). Within two weeks, the tweet gained over 145,000 likes and 50,800 retweets.[5]



    On March 7th, Wikileaks released the first part of their Vault 7 leak, which contained documents about a “Weeping Angel” program which captured audio from microphones on Samsung smart TVs after being placed in a “Fake-Off” mode. On March 12th, 2017, Conway was interviewed by the North Jersey[1] newspaper The Bergen Record, during which she described various surveillance technologies she had read about, including “microwaves that turn into cameras,” when asked about Trump’s wiretap claim (shown below).



    Developments

    Online Reaction

    On March 13th, posts about the microwave gaffe reached the front page of the /r/politics[2] and /r/nottheonion[4] subreddits. Meanwhile, Redditor Danger_Peanut submitted a post asking “What is the ‘microwave spying’ stuff coming from?” to /r/OutOfTheLoop.[3] Also on March 13th, various Twitter and Instagram users mocked Conway’s statements, posting photoshopped pictures of cameras in microwaves.



    That evening, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert aired a comedy sketch in which Colbert talks to Obama inside a microwave (shown below). In less than 24 hours, a YouTube upload of the segment received more than 590,000 views and 2,100 comments.



    Conway’s CNN Interview

    On March 13th, Conway was interviewed on CNN, during which she clarified that she was speaking about surveillance “generally,” adding “I’m not Inspector Gadget. I don’t believe people are using the microwave to spy” (shown below).



    News Media Coverage

    In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the online reaction to Conway’s gaffe, including The Wrap,[6] Hollywood Life,[7] Esquire[8] and Inquisitr.[9]

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  • 03/15/17--07:58: Alexa

  • About

    Alexa is a digital personal assistant created by Amazon for use on compatible devices, including the Amazon Echo and Amazon Dot, which responds to voice commands to play music, make to-do lists, set alarms and provide real time information, bearing many similarities to Apple’s Siri.

    History

    In November 2014, the Echo internet-connected speaker was released, which featured Alexa as the on-board digital assistant for the device. Additionally, a companion application was released for Android and iOS devices, which allows users to customize their Alexa-enabled devices. In March 2016, Amazon unveiled the Echo Dot device, a smaller version of the Echo which connects to external speakers.



    Amazon Lex

    In late November 2016, Amazon revealed plans to make Alexa’s speech recognition and natural language processing technology available to developers under the name Amazon Lex.



    Online Presence

    On November 6th, 2014, YouTuber Barry Mannifold uploaded a parody of the original Echo commercial, in which Alexa delivers various insults to a family (shown below, left). Within three years, the video gained over 3.8 million views and 1,200 comments. On April 14th, 2015, YouTuber Mathias uploaded a prank video in which he uses the Alexa “Simon Says” feature to say disturbing things to people (shown below, right).



    On June 26th, 2016, YouTuber Will Baur uploaded a video in which an Alexa turns off after being asked “are we currently being monitored by the NSA?” (shown below, left). On December 29th, YouTuber f0t0b0y uploaded a video in which the Amazon Echo Dot begins reading a pornographic film title to a child (shown below, right). Within three months, the video garnered upwards of 9.4 million views and 13,800 comments.



    On March 9th, 2017, Redditor DominarRygelThe16th posted a video in which a woman asks Alexa “are you connected to the CIA?” in lieu of Wikileaks Vault 7 leak, which gathered upwards of (shown below). Within one week, the video gainved over 113,000 votes (86% upvoted) and 5,400 comments on /r/videos.[1] That day, Redditor porntipsguzzzardo submitted a video titled “Alexa has been updated,” in which an Echo device responds “No. I work for Amazon” when asked the same question (shown below, right).[2] Additionally on Reddit, the /r/Alexa[3] and /r/Alexa_Skills[4] subreddits were launched for discussions about the digital personal assistant.



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  • 03/15/17--08:46: Kids Interrupt BBC Interview
  • Overview

    Kids Interrupt BBC Interview refers to a video of an interview of Professor Robert E. Kelly discussing the 2016 South Korean Political Scandal / Choi Soon-Sil Gate on Skype with BBC when his children walk into the room where he is conducting the interview. The video went viral because of the cute children and the way his wife bursts into the room to try to remove the children.

    History

    On March 10th, 2017, political scientist and professor Robert E. Kelly appeared on an interview segment with BBC News[1] to discuss South Korean politics remotely from his home in Busan, Korea, which took an unexpected turn from a political analysis of serious nature to a funny on-air interruption when two of his children cheerfully marched into the view of the webcam.

    Developments

    The video was an instant hit on Twitter as people shared GIFs of Kelly’s daughter walking in and other various clips of the event.




    Viewership

    In less than 72 hours, the video garnered millions of views in aggregate, with BBC’s interview clip on its YouTube channel alone racking up over 15 million views. On Twitter, the BBC Newsbeat video[9] gained over 74,000 retweets, and the BBC World video gained over 16,000.[10] On BBC’s Facebook Newsbeat channel,[5] the video gained over 86 million views. The spread of the video to Facebook and Twitter[4] has given it over 100 million views in aggregate.



    Racial Stereotype Debate

    As the video made the rounds across the social media in the United States and Europe, some viewers commented on the comical situation under the presumption that the woman who appears later on in the video is a nanny working for the professor, which in turn prompted an influx of corrections and fact-checking messages on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere online. On the next day, BBC News[2] reported on the social media debate in a follow-up article titled “Why did people assume an Asian woman in BBC viral video was the nanny?”

    Romper[6] posted an article claiming that assuming Kelly’s wife was the nanny perpetrated a “dangerous stereotype.” The Guardian[3] also investigated the reaction to the assumption on social media. On March 11th, Twitter user @leyawn[7] published an Expanding Brain meme mocking the discourse surrounding the controversy that gained over 2,200 likes.



    Family Response

    On March 14th, Kelly’s family responded to their newfound viral fame by appearing on camera in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.[8] They revealed the backstory behind the event: Kelly’s wife, Kim Jung-A, was filming the live television broadcast of her interview with her phone when she noticed her children in the frame, prompting her to panic and get the kids out of the room. They also revealed that Kelly did not get up to move his kids because beneath his jacket and tie, he was wearing jeans. Finally, Kelly and Jung-A revealed they did not scold their kids and that they wanted to establish that it’s okay to “laugh at the video as unvarnished but normal family life.”



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  • 03/15/17--10:26: Is That a Pro Genji?
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    “Is that a pro Genji?” is a phrase uttered by YouTube user VideoGameDunkey in an Overwatch gameplay video that was uploaded in late July 2016. Since the upload, the phrase was picked up by Overwatch players and used as a comment in-game and on forums, social media, and gameplay videos. The phrase is usually used to mock Genji players.

    Origin

    The phrase originated from an Overwatch video uploaded on July 28, 2016. It appears about 30 seconds into the video (shown below).



    Spread

    The phrase caught on within the Overwatch fandom and is frequently used as a comment in-game and on forums, social media and various gameplay videos. The phrase is also used for other Overwatch characters. On August 5th, an /r/OutOfTheLoop[5] thread was created asking about the sudden use of the phrase. On November 13, 2016, Reddit user iSinner_ submitted a video of Winston titled “Is that a pro Winston?” to the Overwatch subreddit, garnering 5262 upvotes.[1] On November 22, 2016, YouTuber shadder2k uploaded a video titled “Is that a Pro Genji?” The video has 358,481 views as of March 15th, 2017 (shown below).



    On November 26, 2016, Reddit user Eddy_795 submitted a screenshot to the Warframe subreddit titled “Is that a PRO Genji?” garnering 1,101 upvotes. [2] On December 12, 2016, YouTuber Solokiso uploaded a video titled “Is that a Pro Hanzo?” The video currently has 213,372 views.



    On January 11, 2017, Urban Dictionary user GamerGuy700 submitted a definition of “pro genji” to the website. [3] On March 5, 2017, Reddit user zYaichi submitted a screenshot to the Terraria subreddit titled “Is that a pro genji?” garnering 942 upvotes. [4]

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    [1]Reddit – Is that a pro Winston? / Posted on 13-11-2016

    [2]Reddit – Is that a PRO Genji? / Posted on 26-11-2016

    [3]Urban Dictionary – pro genji / Submitted on 11-01-2017

    [4]Reddit – Is that a pro genji? / Posted on 5-03-2017

    [5]/r/OutOfTheLoop – ""Is that pro Gengi?- Where did this come from?


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