While You Were Offline: The Media Crucified Yolo Minneapolis. Very Unfair! Sad!

While You Were Offline: The Media Crucified Yolo Minneapolis. Very Unfair! Sad!

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While You Were Offline: The Media Crucified Yolo Minneapolis. Very Unfair! Sad!
It’s not every day scientists discover seven new Earth-sized planets, but that definitely happened this week—and it wasn’t even the biggest deal to hit the world’s social feeds. The internet also showed online troll Milo Yiannopoulos the door. President Donald Trump continued his assault on the media at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Oh, […]

It’s not every day scientists discover seven new Earth-sized planets, but that definitely happened this week—and it wasn’t even the biggest deal to hit the world’s social feeds. The internet also showed online troll Milo Yiannopoulos the door. President Donald Trump continued his assault on the media at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Oh, and the administration withdrew federal protections for transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity in public schools. In all, it was a big week—things might have slipped through the cracks. Here, as always, are the important bits you might have missed on the world wide web.

The Sweded Version of Events

What Happened: The White House’s war on terror persisted with President Trump referring to an attack abroad that… never actually happened?
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: Continuing reality’s current trend of living just beyond parody or satire, last weekend Trump made reference to what sounded like a terror attack in Sweden. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” he yelled during a speech about taking in immigrants. “Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.” The thing is, nothing bad had happened in Sweden the night before, as pointed out gently by none other than the country’s former prime minister:

Others on Twitter were equally confused:

The, let’s be generous and call it a gaffe, was course up by a concerned media, while Sweden itself expressed curiosity about what was going on:

Apparently Trump was speaking about something he’d seen on Fox News the night before…

…but even that turned out to be less than real since the Swedish cops interviewed for the piece later in Sweden days after Trump’s comments, a fact seized upon by the right wing to suggest that was

Hey Don, this is @Sweden speaking! It's nice of you to care, really, but don't fall for the hype. Facts: We're ok! https://t.co/Vux6IjzOjO https://t.co/rEmO83DN1B

— @sweden / Max (@sweden) February 20, 2017

This week’s owner of the account was 22-year-old Max Karlsson, who

What happened in Sweden Friday night? Did they catch the Bowling Green Massacre perpetrators?

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 19, 2017

Yolo, Milo. Yolo

What Happened: It’s been quite a week for Breitbart’s former tech editor.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: Milo Yiannopoulos has had a helluva week. Following what some thought was a triumphant appearance on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the journalist and professional troll went on to have a spectacularly bad week after old interview footage in which he appeared to condone relationships between adults and children surfaced. Soon after the video began to circulate, CPAC cancelled his speaking gig at the conference and publisher Simon & Schuster announced it would no longer be releasing his book, Dangerous. Soon thereafter, Yiannopoulos resigned from Breitbart.

Seriously, think about that; he became so radioactive that it seemed best to quit a site known for its bigotry and paranoia. At a press conference midweek, Yiannopoulos said he planned to find a new publisher for his book and launch a self-owned media venture to capitalize on his newfound notoriety.

In one of the funniest responses to the entire thing, Twitter collectively decided to rename Yiannopoulos, robbing him of vanity searches.

Of course, some people had to ask the obvious question:

The answer appears to be Twitter user @EmperorCaddick, who has the earliest mention of the term we could find, way back in February 2016, made directly to Yiannopolous himself before he was banned from Twitter:

The Takeaway: Won’t someone please think of the real Minneapolis in all of this?

WaPo’s Trek Into Darkness

What Happened: The Washington Post has a new slogan. The response has been well, mixed.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: Earlier this week, the the rest of the media failed to notice. Twitter, too, caught the new tagline:

Not everyone was on board with it, however.

And then there were the Trump fans, who—of course!—took the new slogan as a personal affront to their beloved leader and America as a whole:

Agreement on slogans dies on social media, that’s for sure.
The Takeaway: It’s not just the Post that’s offering this kind of warning; the New York Times is launching a new ad campaign about the need to promote truth above all these days. What’s next?

#ProtectTransKids

What Happened: As the government lifted guidance protecting trans kids in schools, the internet decided to step in to remind those kids that they’re not alone.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: This week, the Trump administration reversed guidance to public schools on allowing transgender students to use the bathroom that reflects who they are.

It was a decision immediately picked up by the media. But even though the administration isn’t looking out for trans kids, the internet is. Almost as soon as the news broke, #ProtectTransKids began trending across Twitter and other platforms:

At the same time—and perhaps emboldened by the support for the topic on social media—the very, very small overlap between trans activists and Trump supporters started speaking out about the subject, asking the president to change his mind:

A lost cause? Well, maybe not. After all, it’s recently emerged that the administration might go back on changes to the National Security Council because it had made them by mistake. So maybe!

The Takeaway: OK, this might be the best slogan yet.

Capture the Flag

What Happened: Sometimes, you have to take a stand against bigotry. Other times, a running jump is the better option.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: On the one hand, this is just fine even without the backstory, so let’s start fresh and just enjoy:

It’s just as good from a different angle:

Seriously. Wasn’t that refreshing? Let’s go to the people and see what they thought:

So here’s the backstory: the hero in question is Muhiyidin Elamin Moye, an activist and Black Lives Matter leader, and he’s grabbing a Confederate flag from a protestor outside an appearance by activist Bree Newsome at the College of Charleston. There’s more than a little irony here; Newsome, of course, came to national attention in 2015 for removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state house grounds.

Moye’s actions quickly got up by media after going viral. The media attention also drew hundreds of people to a crowdfunding campaign created to help cover Moye’s legal fees.

It might not be the system working as it’s supposed to, but it’s definitely a system working right. Good job, internet.
The Takeaway: You know what? Let’s just watch this again.

Damn.

Read more: https://www.wired.com/2017/02/internet-week-108/

Nostalgic Flashback Of 1969 High School Fashionistas

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Nostalgic Flashback Of 1969 High School Fashionistas
In October 1969, students and young adults alike were “living the dream.” This new era, the era of hippies, freedom, and love, brought them a “release,” even in the fashion sense. Gone were the days of stuffy clothing and repressed style. In 1969, LIFE magazine stated, “The latest rule in girls’ high school fashion is […]

Can’t take off for the Women’s Strike? Here are 21 ways to show your support.

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Can’t take off for the Women’s Strike? Here are 21 ways to show your support.
On March 8, 2017, A Day Without a Woman, an international women’s strike will take place. In the spirit of the highly successful Women’s March on Jan. 21, the International Women’s Strike was organized to raise awareness of the seen and unseen ways women and girls contribute to the economy, all while receiving lower wages, […]

Latest updates: Shooting at Munich shopping centre: German police

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Latest updates: Shooting at Munich shopping centre: German police
Several people were killed on Friday in a shooting rampage by a lone gunman in a Munich shopping centre, police said. The newspaper reported that the gunman ran through the mall near the Olympic s Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/latest-updates-shooting-at-munich-shopping-centre-german-police/article8887646.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

Bill Maher Blasts Leaked Trump Tape: Making Sexual Assault Great Again

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Bill Maher Blasts Leaked Trump Tape: Making Sexual Assault Great Again
The Real Time host unloaded on the Republican presidential candidate for his claim that, because he was famous, he could grab them by the pussy. “> On Friday evening, The Washington Post released their October Surpriseand it came from a very unlikely source. The paper released a video of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who […]

Just getting a little shopping in!

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Just getting a little shopping in!
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Nirvanas Nevermind Turns 25: How Kurt Cobain and Co. Created the Album That Defined the 90s

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Nirvanas Nevermind Turns 25: How Kurt Cobain and Co. Created the Album That Defined the 90s
On Sept. 24, 1991, three scuzzy rockers released their sophomore album. And the world was never the same. “> Nirvana is easily the most mythologized rock band of the last 30 years. Even casual music fans can recite the CliffsNotes version of why Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl are important. From igniting a […]

Here’s What Kurt Vonnegut Can Teach You About Life

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Here’s What Kurt Vonnegut Can Teach You About Life
1. It’s important to stand up for what you believe in. After hearing that his book was not only banned, but burned in a school’s furnace, Vonnegut wrote a personalized letter to the head of the school board, stating, “If you were to bother to read my books, to behave as educated persons would, you […]

Christmas Music Could Harm Your Mental Health

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Christmas Music Could Harm Your Mental Health
You might want to put the Christmas decorations down for a second, and unwrap some presents, because there’s a new warning that Christmas music could be bad for your mental health. That’s right, if you’re in the mood to hum along to Mariah Carey’s Christmas jingles, it might be best to leave the high notes […]

Son Tries To Convince Mom To Buy Maxi Pads (Video)

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Son Tries To Convince Mom To Buy Maxi Pads (Video)
Son Tries To Convince Mom To Buy Maxi Pads (Video) Son, can you not? via Ebony Clark Read more: http://dailypicksandflicks.com/2015/10/19/son-tries-to-convince-mom-to-buy-maxi-pads-video/

Is This Porn? 5 Realities Inside A Strange New Art Form

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Is This Porn? 5 Realities Inside A Strange New Art Form
While browsing YouTube, you’ll occasionally run into a strangely popular video of a person, usually a young lady, doing nothing but making soft noises into a microphone. They might be whispering seemingly random conversations, quietly reading, crinkling paper and plastic, eating chips and other crunchy snacks, coloring, or otherwise making soft scratchy sounds. There are, […]

5 Parts Of Small Town Life That We Swear To God Are Real

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5 Parts Of Small Town Life That We Swear To God Are Real
Last week I was on a pretty well-received double podcast, talking about what it’s like growing up in a small town. Like most small town stories, the longer we talked, the weirder it got … and even after the recording, I realized that these areas have a lot more strange traits that sound like the […]

Heres How The Internet Reacted To Prada Releasing A Paperclip For $185 (10+ Pics)

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Heres How The Internet Reacted To Prada Releasing A Paperclip For $185 (10+ Pics)
Yes. That’s right. A paper clip for the bargain price of $185. It’s made from sterling silver and, unlike normal boring paper clips that only hold documents together, this one holds your money, or whatever money you have left over after buying one of them. Sounds awesome, right? Well, not according to the internet, because […]

Girl Bumps Into Boy in Mall Playground

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Girl Bumps Into Boy in Mall Playground
While a father and his daughter played around in an indoor shopping mall playground, the little girl wanted to jump from a high platform. The girl was hesitant at first but her father encouraged her to jump. As soon as she got the courage to jump, she accidentally bumped into a little boy on the […]

Man Receives Tumor Instead Of The Kindle He Ordered

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Man Receives Tumor Instead Of The Kindle He Ordered
A British man received quite a shock when the courier service thatwas supposed to be delivering a Kindle to his address sent him a package containing a tumor tissue sample from Americainstead. The sample was supposed to be sent to the Royal Free Hospital in London, yet somehow ended up in Bristol at the home […]

NASA Is Celebrating A Very Different Type Of “Black” Friday Today

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NASA Is Celebrating A Very Different Type Of “Black” Friday Today
Most of you are probably snapping up deals in Black Friday sales today. But we’ve got something even better – Black Hole Friday! Yes, today NASA is celebrating its fifth annual Black Hole Friday, where instead of subjecting you to endless shopping deals, it’s treating you to a whole host of facts about black holes. […]
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