There are few feelings more uncomfortable and alienating than explaining a shitpost to somebody who is unfamiliar with shitposting. How can context-less images — of skeletons with brass instruments, frogs on unicycles, moths, and most recently, the outright banning of the letter “N”, aka the “forbiddem glyph,” from the online lexicon — entertain without presenting anything remotely reminiscent of a joke? Generally, social media share-bait images follow the same rules of humor that other jokes do: They make an audience expect something, then turn that expectation on its head. Classic image-macro templates like Advice Dog, Success Kid, and Courage Wolf are clear examples of this formula, inspiring an expectation with the top line, before shattering that expectation with the bottom line. Which brings us to the letter N. Explaining the forbiddem glyph is nowhere near as simple as breaking down the anatomy of a joke, because there is no joke to be … [Read more...] about Shitposting is an art, if history is any indication
Today, many Tumblr users are logging off the website in an organized protest against the new community guidelines, which will crack down on adult content. On Dec. 3, Tumblr announced its new community policies prohibiting certain types of adult content — including pornographic GIFs and videos, as well as “female-presenting nipples” — would go into effect today, Dec. 17. When first announced, these new guidelines were met with much resistance by the community, especially sex-positive blogs and adult-oriented art. Many pointed out the double-standard: blogs dedicated to adult content do not show up on search, but blogs dedicated to alt-right ideologies do. In the days preceding the guidelines’ launch, users circulated petitions and posts about a log-off protest. There are guidelines about proper protest protocol, graphics made in support of those participating, posts urging people to change their phone providers from Verizon (Tumblr’s parent … [Read more...] about Tumblr users are logging off to protest new guidelines, but will it work?
Angry Video Game Nerd struggled for a theme of games to crap on this week, and elected to go with that old-timey holiday classic, the line of execrable Home Alone adaptations. The real news is the guest star helping him excrete all over them. Yes, that’s Macaulay Culkin cosplaying the pizza guy from the first Home Alone (a role played by Dan Charles Zukowski, whose other major roles were as an extra on Saved By the Bell.) In between hammy gags about being an unrecognizable has-been child star, he and Nerd (James Rolfe) go through the library of Home Alone and Home Alone 2 adaptations. These include a WTF PlayStation 2 adaptation from 2006 that launched only in Europe and seemed not to have any of the name-image-and-likeness rights for the stars of the 1990 flick. Most of the time is spent on the Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Game Boy versions. (Game Boy: “It’s kind of like switching from getting kicked in the balls with steel-toed boots to soccer cleats; both … [Read more...] about Macaulay Culkin teams with Angry Video Game Nerd to dump on Home Alone
Here’s a typical vacation for Michael Vito, an American living in China: a flight from his home in Shanghai to Tokyo; then a sequence of four trains to get to Hida, a small city in Gifu prefecture; followed by a 10-minute walk to a bus stop. He wasn’t there to catch a bus — a good thing, seeing as the town shut down service the previous year. Instead, the bus stop was his destination. Why would someone trek to an abandoned bus stop in rural Japan? The better question is: Why would a dozen people do it? When Vito got there, he joined a small crowd of tourists at the mundane location. This was no ordinary bus stop, but the site of a scene in the 2016 animated movie Kimi no Na wa, released in English as Your Name. The highest-grossing animated film in Japan (surpassing Studio Ghibli’s Oscar-winning Spirited Away), as well as the fourth-highest Japanese movie overall, Kimi no Na wa went on to huge success internationally, particularly in China, and in the process, … [Read more...] about Anime is turning quiet corners of the world into major tourist attractions
Since its inception in 2007, Tumblr has been famously (perhaps infamously) lax about its policies when it comes to NSFW posts. But in an effort to clean up its image in the name of creating “the most welcoming environment possible for our community,” Tumblr announced new policies last week to curtail adult content, which includes sexually explicit photographs, GIFs and videos, and nude images that contain “female-presenting nipples.” The news has not been well-received. Across social media — on Tumblr, yes, but also Twitter and other platforms where users are encouraged to share thoughts and original content — people are protesting these changes. Those opposing the new guidelines agree that there are massive issues with automated porn bots across Tumblr, as well as content such as child pornography, suicide and self-harm glorification, and rampant hate speech proliferating through the site’s darker corners. But they argue that filtering out all … [Read more...] about Despite the looming fear of social media exodus, many fandom Tumblr users will staunchly remain on the platform