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How Michael Jackson Inspired One of the Original YouTube Memes

An incredible thing happened on July 17, 2007. A video of several hundred inmates wearing orange jumpsuits and performing an immaculately choreographed dance to Thriller appeared on a small website called YouTube. Two years later, Michael Jackson was dead, and YouTube had changed history. » 6/25/15 6:45pm 6/25/15 6:45pm

Cory Booker: ISIS Is Winning the Internet War With "Fancy Memes"

No matter how many zillions of munitions we drop or drone-fire onto the territory controlled by ISIS, we’re woefully far behind in the propaganda war—and nowhere is this more evident than the increasing Meme Gap. But internet legend turned senator Cory Booker wants to turn the tide. » 5/07/15 5:50pm 5/07/15 5:50pm

Inside Morgellons, the Internet's Disease

Joni Mitchell was hospitalized this week, but the songwriter has been sick for years. She has described her debilitating illness as “a slow, unpredictable killer–a terrorist disease. It will blow up one of your organs, leaving you in bed for a year.” Yet doctors have described this same illness as an internet meme, a… » 4/03/15 5:00pm 4/03/15 5:00pm

In Praise of Skull Trumpet, the Internet's Spookiest Meme

Doot-doot! The internet's spookiest meme isn't really spooky at all. Start the video, and a disembodied skull holding a trumpet appears, hovering over a field of black. Without menace, it turns toward you, and the bell of its horn begins to throb. Doot-doot! Skull Trumpet's musical salvo lasts all of two notes, and… » 10/31/14 12:51pm 10/31/14 12:51pm

This video reveals the origin scenes of the Internet's most famous memes

Memes are so damn clever at capturing emotion and feeling that they're pretty much the clearest way to communicate on the Internet. Need to explain your disappointment in something? Throw up that facepalm. And though most pop culture junkies can figure out where most memes and image macros come from, this video shows… » 4/07/14 9:38pm 4/07/14 9:38pm

What are these 20 things that happened on the Internet in 2013?

Your two week long hangover may have prevented you from realizing this but... it's 2014 now. That means 2013 is over and done with and like any other year, needs to be wrapped up nicely in one lovely drawing. This drawing, commissioned by Syzygy and created by Brosmind, sums up all that has happened on the Internet in… » 1/14/14 4:02am 1/14/14 4:02am

7 Reasons Never to Give 4Chan a 3D Printer

Over at 3D printing marketplace Shapeways.com, inspired individuals are free to post their 3D-printable creations for all the world to buy. And sure, there's some more benign items like art and iPhone cases littered among the clutter, but dig a little deeper and you'll find what Shapeways' masses really want:… » 12/13/13 12:00pm 12/13/13 12:00pm