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SomethingAwful is trying to create another viral campaign via blogs, youtube and myspace and ytmd. It surrounds an especially freaky spinoff of a simpsons video made for reasons unknown. SA has been noted in the past for making the "popped collar" viral campaign as well. Expect animated gifs and crackpot references galore. Of course, be wary of attempts to mask this great scheme (nsfw). Of course, Team Barry is always one to expose.
posted by Dean Keaton (50 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
go back to fyad
posted by Mikey-San at 1:12 AM on August 6, 2006


You're no goddamn fun at all.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:15 AM on August 6, 2006


Just reporting what i've been told to report, boys.
posted by Dean Keaton at 1:17 AM on August 6, 2006


Yeah dude, you totally showed those guys.

Those guys who are having fun and not hurting anyone.
posted by Mikey-San at 1:22 AM on August 6, 2006


Also: MAAAAARRRGE YOOOOURE BRREEEAKINNNNG MYYYYY HEAAAAAARRRRRRT
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:23 AM on August 6, 2006


stavros:

brick to the face!
posted by Mikey-San at 1:23 AM on August 6, 2006


You're all just bummed you didn't get to crack it yourself and lable it "Solved by the MeFi Detective Agency!"...or something.

*whistles*
posted by liquorice at 1:32 AM on August 6, 2006


I liked this ytmnd The psudo-simpsons ytmnd is pretty lame. As is this whole attemt to make a meme out of this stupid video.
posted by delmoi at 1:35 AM on August 6, 2006


A search for "ghxyk2" leads to what I'm guessing is a gallery of some other works by the person behind Famicon's Bart the General, hosted at "Free Range - Europe's Largest Showcase of Graduate Art and Design." Bizarre.
posted by nervestaple at 1:37 AM on August 6, 2006


hmm. lame. i prefer this goaste.cx (note the spelling) comic.
posted by jimmy at 1:54 AM on August 6, 2006


A search for "ghxyk2" leads to what I'm guessing is a gallery

Talentless Welsh gooner art student scams rest of SA
community into promoting his work via fake 'viral campaign'?

Could this guy be the Welsh Jeff Koons? Will he marry Lea from
Big Brother 7?

Who knows? Who cares? You decide!
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:25 AM on August 6, 2006




i think they have enough help without posting to metafilter, thanks.
posted by bob sarabia at 2:45 AM on August 6, 2006




OK, I'm done.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:59 AM on August 6, 2006


I've done what I can to help this along but there's nothing intrinsically catchy about that video at all. I don't think it will catch fire.
posted by BackwardsHatClub at 3:30 AM on August 6, 2006


With all the other juvenile and unfunny parodies and homemade "music video" clips on YouTube, how is this one supposed to stand out? There's really nothing remarkable enough to distinguish it from the pack.
posted by Servo5678 at 4:42 AM on August 6, 2006


This is dumb, sorry.
posted by thirteenkiller at 4:43 AM on August 6, 2006


There's really nothing remarkable enough to distinguish it from the pack.

Exactly.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:47 AM on August 6, 2006


I didn't see part two linked in your post, ignore me if I missed it.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 4:57 AM on August 6, 2006


Oh man, the second episode is far more bizarre (and seemingly better produced. The music changes too. One thing I really do like about this is the completely psychedelic intro.
posted by delmoi at 5:55 AM on August 6, 2006


Pepsi Blue meets the public domain? Instead of a contrived corporate meme they're trying to create merely a contrived meme. Wow, cool.
posted by klarck at 6:32 AM on August 6, 2006


Go ahead, ruin our fun. It's cool.
posted by QuarterlyProphet at 6:37 AM on August 6, 2006


Oh, you all say the Famicon stuff isn't funny. But I think this will be the Pokey the Penguin of the 21st Century!
posted by neek at 6:45 AM on August 6, 2006


What do you see in that that's cool? I'm really failing to find any cool in it at all.
posted by Hildegarde at 6:46 AM on August 6, 2006


Jeez, go be someone's fun-ruining dad in real life, Dean Keaton.
posted by cmonkey at 7:01 AM on August 6, 2006


I must have missed the original rationale - were they trying to make this a viral campaign because it is such a stupid and juvenile movie? As in, lets make something that nobody could possibly actually like become the "next big thing"? Because I watched the whole thing, start to finish, (my finger hovered over the stop buton the entire time, but I forced myself to finish) and it was utterly painful to watch. I felt embarassed for whoever it was that made it.
posted by davey_darling at 8:20 AM on August 6, 2006


As in, lets make something that nobody could possibly actually like become the "next big thing"?

Yes.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 9:17 AM on August 6, 2006


So this is way up there with, "No soap, radio." Alrighty then.
posted by Tacodog at 9:29 AM on August 6, 2006


Part TWO has HOUSE in it, for Pete's sake! HOUSE.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 9:33 AM on August 6, 2006


Lowtax and the SA Forums admins and mods are about as unfunny as they come. (They're also the worst mods I've ever seen.)

The real humor on the SA forums comes from the users. (Well, the ones who aren't sycophants)
posted by keswick at 10:11 AM on August 6, 2006


One thing about memes, though, is that they have to be good.


This one isn't.
posted by Drunken_munky at 10:16 AM on August 6, 2006 [1 favorite]


This is probably fun for the people attempting to spread the meme. For everyone else it's dull.
posted by riotgrrl69 at 10:49 AM on August 6, 2006


Don't pick on the SA people. It's important that they have their own little sandbox to pee in; it keeps them away from the rest of us. It's like how AOL is good for keeping the idiots segregated from the rest of the Internet. Think of SA as a large sanitarium filled with idiots that you want to hate but mostly end up feeling sorry for.
posted by nlindstrom at 10:53 AM on August 6, 2006


Did you get banned from SA or what?
posted by keswick at 10:55 AM on August 6, 2006


This couldnt be any more unfunny. It is amusing that the yawn inducing SA and ytmd crowd is trying to get into viral marketing because no one cares and few people over the age of 12 are lauging.
posted by the ghost of Ken Lay at 11:11 AM on August 6, 2006


I sometimes like what they do over at SA, but this is a total dud. And not only that, but they're clogging up the tubes at YTMND, voting high on this video, downvoting opposers, etc. Wish it weren't happening.

Also, "mask this great scheme" now leads to a parrot on a penis. You've been warned.
posted by Earl the Polliwog at 11:19 AM on August 6, 2006


I wouldn't say that I liked the videos, but I find them notably crazy and to me that is worth something.
posted by I Foody at 12:15 PM on August 6, 2006


Just to repeat Earl the Polliwog above, "mask this great scheme" is now a link to a NSFW image
posted by onalark at 12:34 PM on August 6, 2006


As a self-congratulating humorless individual, joining Metafilter was a natural choice. The posts in this thread only confirm that this was the right decision--the ratio of dismissive reproach to jocular bemusement was almost 20 to 1. Great work!

Since everyone whose opinion matters has agreed that this is a waste of time, please help me agitate to get this thread deleted so we can redirect our attentions to off-the-cuff dismissals of other things on the Internet we don't like.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 1:28 PM on August 6, 2006


Admiral, I doubt most people here are humorless. There are pretty much two types of humor, the thoughful witty kind and the silly nonsensical crap kind. This demographic probably leans more towards the witty kind and the SA/ytmd stuff is purely nonsensical crap. To each his own of course, but you should know your audience.
posted by the ghost of Ken Lay at 2:10 PM on August 6, 2006


Jocularly bemuse this, fuckknuckle.
posted by riotgrrl69 at 2:27 PM on August 6, 2006


The irony to all this stick-up-the-ass tut-tutting and determined not-getting-it is, of course, the regularity with which images created by SA goons are er, borrowed, and posted inline here by people without the wit to string together words in an amusing or clever way, or the skills to make their own image.

Think of SA as a large sanitarium filled with idiots that you want to hate but mostly end up feeling sorry for.


Funny, I find myself thinking of Metafilter like that, on bad days.

Your digital tribal chestpounding fits into that bucket pretty well. There are many MeFites who also belong to other well-known forums and communities. Who'd've thunk it?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:12 PM on August 6, 2006


Woah, it was weird to see toadie from Neighbours mixed up in there...
posted by Thoth at 5:27 PM on August 6, 2006


This is a fabulous, funny, original idea and will surely fully accomplish its stated goals, and be fondly remembered for many years as a truly outstanding prank.
posted by signal at 7:00 PM on August 6, 2006


And provide us with joy and fulfillment all the days of our lives.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:51 PM on August 6, 2006


This thread reminded me that somethingawful existed and as such started clicking around having only ever linked to it, but not explored...and I saw a video labeled "steal of the century" and clicked on it, and remembered it being something mildly funny from many years back that never caught on but had some linking.

And then I had this horrible notion that someday there might be an indie crowd for internet memes.
posted by kigpig at 8:26 PM on August 6, 2006


I have a dream...

a dream that one day, SA'ers and MeFi'ers will live in peaceful coexistence, each 'getting' eachothers brand of retarded humor and ridiculing the rest of the intarwebs equally in perfect, sarcastic harmoniousnessness...

*tear*
posted by Parannoyed at 9:06 PM on August 6, 2006


Will somebody create one of these campaigns supporting sending me money? I'll gladly give you half.
posted by davy at 8:48 AM on August 7, 2006


kigpig: And then I had this horrible notion that someday there might be an indie crowd for internet memes."

There is.
posted by Mr. Gunn at 4:29 PM on August 7, 2006


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