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The Evolution of an Accidental Meme

"I was trying to clarify why, to me (and, I generalized, to liberals), “equal opportunity” alone wasn’t a satisfactory goal and that we should somehow take into consideration equality of outcomes (i.e., fairness or equity). I thought the easiest example of this concept is kids of different heights trying to see over a fence. So, I grabbed a public photo of Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, a stock photo of a crate, clip art of a fence, and then spent a half-hour or so in Powerpoint concocting an image that I then posted on Google+... [Afterwards], my original graphic was being adapted, modified, and repurposed in a mind-blowing variety of ways, and then shared and redistributed all over the place."
posted by Shmuel510 on Aug 5, 2016 - 40 comments

“Fracking: Helping You Catch Them All”

Fracking Memes [more inside]
posted by alby on Aug 4, 2016 - 44 comments

你为什么不

"Biologists have found that human language, like bird song, may evolve to accommodate its environment through acoustic adaptation. In the internet, a similar phenomenon happens to our visual languages: our memes hold something of the digital landscapes they proliferate in. In China, the digitally-active keep folders of 表情 (biǎo qíng) [gifs], which literally means “facial expression.”

An introductory field guide to the Chinese biaoqing.

posted by joshwa on Aug 2, 2016 - 11 comments

Australian Election-filter: The ends justify the memes

As Australia shudders towards to its Federal election on 2 July 2016, the Guardian considers the gusto (and desperate incompetence) with which politi-tragics have adopted internet memes. [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts on Jun 16, 2016 - 39 comments

A weirdly degenerate corner of the internet

How the Racial Politics of Dat Boi Ripped Apart a Popular Facebook Group [more inside]
posted by naju on May 25, 2016 - 78 comments

Bosch Work Memes: Typing bird-god words per minute

The feverish apocalyptic stylings of Hieronymous Bosch are detailed, and oddly fitting of various workplace. To better appreciate the individual characters in his pieces, and how they may provide a mirror to office life, gaze upon the Bosch work memes tumblr. Also available via Twitter and Facebook [via mefi projects]
posted by filthy light thief on May 1, 2016 - 14 comments

7. Tattoos of memes are a thing now

#TheDress one year on – eight things we learned from the viral phenomenon (Guardian)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Feb 26, 2016 - 45 comments

The Internet can't decide how dogs should wear pants.

You can pin the blame on Maxim. Additional “coverage” from Thrillist, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, The Daily Mail, TIME, Mashable, and CBS.
posted by Going To Maine on Dec 29, 2015 - 83 comments

"He never touched the world..."

The New York Times looks back on the boy in the bubble.
posted by graventy on Dec 9, 2015 - 32 comments

How corporations profit from black teens' viral content

The originator of "on fleek" was a 16-year-old girl from South Chicago. "Cool hunting" by advertisers has long captured and resold content from black youth in urban communities. But the rise of social media have made the process significantly faster, and the capitalization on trends far richer. Yet the youth who create dance styles and new language are rarely compensated for their cultural work. And the shape of copyright law is partly to blame. [more inside]
posted by gusandrews on Dec 5, 2015 - 21 comments

People Are Scaring Their Cats with Cucumbers. They Shouldn’t.

A new viral trend reveals a surprising cat behavior, but pet owners should beware. By Brian Clark Howard. SLNatGeo.
posted by valkane on Nov 18, 2015 - 212 comments

The tweets and listicles of outrageous fortune.

5 things the media does to manufacture outrage.
posted by jacquilynne on Nov 16, 2015 - 71 comments

This is obviously great and everyone should agree with me.

Comment trolls got you down? Feel like you can't make headway in a good old fashioned debate anymore because no one is following the rules? Logical Fallacy Ref is here to help.
posted by hindmost on Nov 2, 2015 - 48 comments

DU BIST KLIEN IN DER HOSEN!

The Story of Technoviking. July 8, 2000. Matthias Fritsch put down the camera on his lap on the back of a DJ van at Berlin's Fuckparade. Unknowingly, he recorded a dancer that became one of the first massively popular internet video memes, at a time downloading stamp-sized MOV and RM files was still norm. But TECHNOVIKING was not pleased, and a lawsuit left Fritsch bankrupt. This is the full story, as told by the creator of the original video with guest artists, sociologists and lawyers, how he (and Technoviking) lost control of their images, the implications of remix culture, the propagation of internet memes, and the impact of the internet on privacy rights. (Slightly NSFW censored private bits, 5 minutes in.)
posted by lmfsilva on Oct 20, 2015 - 32 comments

That's intelligent design, not Intelligent Design.

Daniel Dennett, known for having previously explained thinking, religion, and consciousness, recently spoke at the Royal Institution where he did a most excellent job of explaining memes [1-hour video].
posted by sfenders on Aug 17, 2015 - 22 comments

FPP: a method of sharing content everyone would have seen anyway

The New Devil's Dictionary. These words don't mean what you thought they meant.
posted by mullacc on Aug 5, 2015 - 27 comments

50 Shades of Flashheart

50 Shades of Flashheart. The immortal words of Christian Grey put into the mouth of Blackadder's Lord Flashheart. (Single serving tumblr.)
posted by immlass on Jun 30, 2015 - 24 comments

Tearing Apart Society Through Middle-Aged Mom Memes

How Minions Destroyed the Internet
posted by almostmanda on Jun 25, 2015 - 140 comments

"This isn't funny anymore."

Putin Has Vanished, but Rumors Are Popping Up Everywhere.
“I have enough trouble keeping track of the whereabouts of one world leader,” said Eric Schultz, a White House spokesman. “I would refer you to the Russians for questions on theirs. I’m sure they’ll be very responsive.”
This is, in large part, a crisis of the Kremlin’s making. (Previously)
posted by Little Dawn on Mar 15, 2015 - 201 comments

They are taking the Techniker...to Isengard

An electric door at the University of Mainz in Germany breaks down, setting off an exuberant meme-off. Because "One does not simply inform...the Techniker" . [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Mar 14, 2015 - 45 comments

A short analysis of the cultural specificity of a Russian meme

It's often suggested that Russia and the West have fundamentally different worldviews. In this article, author Jim Kovpak attempts to illustrate why that is by analysing the vatnik internet meme.
posted by averysmallcat on Mar 6, 2015 - 23 comments

© Potomac Avenue 2015

From the King of Clickbait to the "President" of Instagram to the Parody Twitter Illuminati...As The Washington Post says: "Everyone's stealing jokes online--Why doesn't anyone care?"
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 28, 2015 - 36 comments

"a new aesthetic of digital decay has started to emerge"

But if you look at a Shitpic, you can instantly tell the level of virality by how worn it looks, how legible its text is, how many watermarks adorn it. You can count them much like you would rings on a tree. A pristine-looking meme engenders skepticism—“This can’t be that funny, it hasn’t been imperfectly replicated enough.”
The Awl on the rise of the shitpic.
posted by prize bull octorok on Dec 17, 2014 - 60 comments

...system that really just administrates for large corporationsPARKLIFE!

UK comedian Russell Brand has released his mostly "unreadable" third book, which lays out his notions of peacefully overthrowing capitalism in a revolution that would... Well, it kind of goes on. Fortunately, the internet has found a one word reply to his "champagne Socialism": PARKLIFE!
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 5, 2014 - 177 comments

Mario Kart 8: The Wii U's ultimate power-up?

Could Mario Kart 8 be the Bullet Bill that propels Nintendo's Wii U from its slump? Outstanding reviews, a free game with purchase, plus the Luigi stare of death meme, helped make MK8 the best-selling game in June and boosted Wii U sales tremendously. An arcade version - featuring Fusion Carts - is forthcoming.

Hop over to MetaTalk and share your Nintendo Network ID. [more inside]
posted by porn in the woods on Jul 20, 2014 - 75 comments

Web culture's revolutionary celebration of powerful female leaders

"The ability to present women like [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg, [Hillary] Clinton and [Wendy] Davis as bone-crushingly robust yet simultaneously appealing, revered—practically adorable!—in their rugged severity, is a crucial expansion of the American imagination with regard to powerful women." (via librarina) [more inside]
posted by flex on Jul 13, 2014 - 38 comments

Chimp Fashion

For the first time, Primatologists have observed chimps in the wild spreading a cultural fad through their troop.
posted by symbioid on Jun 27, 2014 - 52 comments

Dancing bats

Step 1: Video bats. Step 2: Turn it upside down. Step 3: Add a soundtrack. Step 4: Achieve Internet notoriety until the next funny video craze comes along. SLYT
posted by Athanassiel on May 16, 2014 - 18 comments

From Deleuze to LOLCats: the Story of the BuzzFeed Guy

"It is difficult to isolate a particular ideology from the image-repertoire of late capitalism. What is noticeable is not the content of the images but the efficiency and rapidity with which they are circulated and consumed." [more inside]
posted by Alterity on Dec 10, 2013 - 10 comments

Turn the lights out and say Benadryl Cumbia three times in front of a

A Linguist Explains the Rules of Summoning Benedict Cumberbatch. The same linguist elaborates.
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Dec 2, 2013 - 333 comments

I hope the beer in hell is non-alcoholic.

Ruby-Strauss learned his craft working for the notorious Judith Regan, in whose shadow all lowbrow publishing still operates. In college at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he had been a comp-lit major who scoffed when friends talked up popular sci-fi books. “I was too pretentious,” he says. “I was reading Camus.” (A far way from that to Tucker Max, I noted. “Is it?” he replied.) Under Regan, he came to appreciate the simpler beauty of “books that sell.” He acquired a book by shock-rock star Marilyn Manson and then a series of pro-wrestling books, still his highest-selling titles ever. He once took Regan to a match, where he remembers her looking around the arena and declaring happily of the crowd, “You could sell them blank pages!” (SLNewRepublic) [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Oct 23, 2013 - 15 comments

The Internet Hates Me

I Am An Object Of Internet Ridicule, Ask Me Anything.
posted by naju on Sep 19, 2013 - 360 comments

[I detected a strange creature.]

August has been a strange and confusing month for some of the Internet's most famous cats. Maru, Master of Boxes That Are Bigger On The Inside, was presented with a new kitten companion who will travel with him across that impossibly clean floor and anywhere else they can manage. He is adjusting. (Posts are in Japanese and excellent English. Cute Overload's commenters have attempted to smooth out the Google translations of the Japanese: 1. 2.) And back in the States, Grumpy Cat met Lil Bub at a film festival. There were some flattened ears and bodies (Jezebel post with two vines), but no Eve-Margo tributes. Bonus retro musical link for Canadians.
posted by maudlin on Aug 30, 2013 - 21 comments

Internet Ecosystem

How the Internet Ecosystem Works. [Via]
posted by homunculus on Aug 11, 2013 - 11 comments

Coping with the dark side of Internet fame: the Prancercise Lady.

Simmons, speaking from his Los Angeles residence, began to weep into the telephone and took several deep breaths to calm himself. "You can tell that what Joanna does comes from her soul, and that's what makes her stand out. She's precious. If she was here, I'd do her nails." A reporter from the New Times spent a month with the Prancercise lady and interviewed her friends and admirers. This amazing profile is the result. (Previously.)
posted by liketitanic on Jul 17, 2013 - 46 comments

T. rex and guest. Sharktopus and guest.

Photoshopping monsters into your wedding photos is now a thing. It started not that long ago, when a wedding photo featuring a T. rex chasing the wedding party went very, very viral. Now it seems every couple getting married wants a shot of the wedding party fleeing a threat to be pasted in later. From the Maclean's article: "'We're still trying to figure out what goes in the background,' [photographer] Tony [Lombardo] says. 'The couple hasn’t figured out yet what they want to be chased by.'" AT-ATs and Sharktopus have already been done. It's already getting old. Has it already gone too far [via]?
posted by mcwetboy on Jul 6, 2013 - 97 comments

Memes, memes, hedgehogs and sharks.

Richard Dawkins talks about memes. [SLYT, contains flashing images]
posted by zoo on Jun 25, 2013 - 47 comments

YOLO with it

Oxford Dictionaries' 2012 words of the year have been chosen: for the US, it's "gif" (as a verb); for the UK, "omnishambles." It contended for this crown with the likes of "YOLO," "superstorm," and "nomophobia." Previous Oxford words of the year can be found here (other notable year-end word lists such as those from Merriam-Webster, the American Dialect Society, and the Global Language Monitor, have yet to appear).
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Nov 12, 2012 - 92 comments

Look, I made a Poe!

Put A Poe On It
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 11, 2012 - 34 comments

HI BATS!!!

Baturday! - A tumblr celebration of Chiroptera
posted by The Whelk on Oct 4, 2012 - 21 comments

If you don't like memes, you're gonna have a bad time.

A Mess of Memes (SLYT, slightly NSFW) [previously on the Blue]
posted by zombieflanders on Sep 11, 2012 - 22 comments

The next night we ate whale

Go to bed, Tao Lin. Cole Styker, author of Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4Chan's Army Conquered the Web interviews and considers Tao Lin and 'trollgaze'. [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on Mar 29, 2012 - 44 comments

All of these things are quite like the others

Otters who look like Benedict Cumberbatch. Koalas who look like David Mitchell. Hedgehogs who look like Martin Freeman. Celebrities who look like mattresses abandoned on the streets of London E17.
(Previously.)
posted by genghis on Mar 21, 2012 - 79 comments

Katie Said Yes!

When Len Kendall decided to propose to his girlfriend Katie Holland, he turned to Buzzfeed for an assist. His proposal quickly went viral. [more inside]
posted by SisterHavana on Feb 29, 2012 - 51 comments

Meme-ory Game

20 Things That Happened on the Internet in 2011 from Syzygy (2010 version).
posted by mrgrimm on Jan 25, 2012 - 34 comments

Is Occupy really a meme?

Here are the best memes of 2011, according to Know Your Meme.  According to Time Magazine.
posted by JHarris on Dec 12, 2011 - 98 comments

Pokemon just got much much harder

Rule no. 1: Catch the first Pokemon you encounter in each route/cave/whatever and nothing else. If you fail to catch it, too bad, continue onwards. Rule no. 2: If your Pokemon faints, consider it dead and release it. In 2010 a 4chan user posted these rules for making Pokemon more of a challenge, as well as a short comic on his exploits in a world where Pokemon can die. The "Nuzlocke" comic became wildly popular, spawning dozens of elaborate offshoots in comic and story form. [more inside]
posted by melissam on Dec 3, 2011 - 15 comments

Clichés Never Get Old(er)

The Hippocratic Oath of a Photographer circa 1937. Still relevant today. HEY YOU WITH THE CAMERA! STEP AWAY FROM THE EGG!
posted by oneswellfoop on Oct 17, 2011 - 47 comments

Binary Agreement Model

Social consensus through the influence of committed minorities: We show how the prevailing majority opinion in a population can be rapidly reversed by a small fraction p of randomly distributed committed agents who consistently proselytize the opposing opinion and are immune to influence. Specifically, we show that when the committed fraction grows beyond a critical value pc ≈ 10%, there is a dramatic decrease in the time, Tc, taken for the entire population to adopt the committed opinion. [.pdf] [more inside]
posted by troll on Jul 26, 2011 - 56 comments

NOT SURE IF WANT

Well basically, it's men in thong underpants dancing. And they have eagle heads. And... OK, I don't know either, but I can't stop watching it. SLYT. NSFW, life, sanity.
posted by louche mustachio on Jul 12, 2011 - 68 comments

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