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VICE proves why they are nearly, but not quite, beyond parody

Please look at this screenshot, nabbed from the timeline of @Vice_Is_Hip, a Vice parody twitter account. I love parody accounts, and this is one of my recent favorites.
screenshot from @Vice_is_hip twitter profile.
Let’s dissect this a bit. A parody is funny because it presents something (or someone) real as something ridiculous and/or hilarious, but only by moving the content slightly further than the original voice, not going completely off. This clipping demonstrates just how easy it is to parody VICE: their original content is more ridiculous than the parody content.

VICE is perhaps an easy target in this sense because they’re really the masters and mistresses of Link Bait, the art of making 120 characters (gotta save room for the link!) create a scenario so ridiculous that people will click through, just to find out seriously, WTF?

To give credit where due, VICE’s take on journalism has morphed normal coverage from “look at that fucked up war” to “look at me in the middle of this fucked up war” while also legitimately shedding light (and throwing shade) onto under-reported world events. The best example of both is probably the VICE guide to Karachi, wherein VICE Co-founder Suroosh Alvi takes his epic sunglasses and fashionably over-stretched v-neck into some seriously scary parts of Pakistan.

My internet buddy Jack Huang has nicknamed VICE the “Brovestigation team”, which I think is apt. They may nearly be beyond parody, but I’d bet money that the VICE crew thinks VICE_is_hip is hilarious.

Gotta love it.

Accidentally Viral: how I learned a ton about Undersea Cabling from a single tweet

Cross section of an Undersea Fiber-optic cable

So last week I posted this tweet, which was a photo I found on Reddit (here’s the original post).

At some point over the weekend (and continuing now), a cavalcade of Retweets and comments came in. All in all the tweet generated a a really surprising amount of attention: depending on which metric you choose, somewhere between 2000-6000 clicks and 300-600 Retweets. That’s a lot (for me, at least).   Continue reading Accidentally Viral: how I learned a ton about Undersea Cabling from a single tweet

Errol Morris and Taxidermy — the beauty of twitter

I typically don’t follow celebrities who don’t follow other people, since they’re clearly just using the megaphone, but this tweet from legendary documentarian Errol Morris was just too awesome.

errol morris tweets taxidermy

Go ahead and click on the picture to find out what Mr. Morris is linking to — I’m too afraid to link it here and draw the taxidermy enthusiasts to my blog.  Why?  Because my simple re-share of his charming but disturbing tweet got me a new follower:

New follower

there’s space for all enthusiasts on twitter, I suppose.

Climate Camp – A Tale of Twitter Woe

A few days ago I watched the Climate Camp‘s action, An Edinburgh-wide coordinated protest aimed at the Royal Bank of Scotland’s continued funding of oil, coal Fossil Fuel exploration.

Depending on who you ask, this was farcical or successful: they did shut down RBS headquarters for the day, and they had a SIEGE TOWER…


…which, taken together, is inconclusive.  That rhino thing is pretty cool.  I don’t want to delve too deeply into the merits of the protest itself, though I consider myself (1) pro peaceful protest and (2) anti environmental degradation for profit; I want to talk about about how Climate Camp tried to use social media to broadcast their protest and garner support, and how they failed. Continue reading Climate Camp – A Tale of Twitter Woe

Pardon the Dust, or Eat it

Howdy Folks!  Things will be changing a bit around here, because I hightailed it out of PDX for the new challenge that is Shanghai, China.  I’ll be here for a while with girlie, and I’ll be blogging as best I can, you can buhleeee’ dat.

I’ve already seen some amazing feats of architecture, had a cabbie fall asleep at the wheel, eaten my first dumplings and joined up with the Shanghai twitterverse.  We’re in temporary housing and it’s much colder than I anticipated (the housing AND the weather).  Our bastard international movers packed all our guidebooks and phrasebooks when we weren’t looking, so our first weekend has been dedicated to replacing them, which is a bit like trying to cook one-handed (I have some experience with that).

And PDXers, don’t believe for a minute I won’t be watching: I still hope to watch and blog all the Timbers matches via USLLive, and we hope to visit at least once or twice this year.

For a little plumbing, all posts regarding Portland will be added to the Stumptown category, and the new Shanghai category will hold all the new stuff I write about here, until I rename it for a cheeky nickname, as that would be needless but funny.

In closing, Shanghai people, Howdy!  There’s a new gunslinger in town, hat and bolo tie at the ready.  I will eat my way through this city with vigor and aplomb.  I eagerly accept recommendations.  I will root for your football team and learn Mandarin as fast as I can.

To PDX peeps, keep my seat warm, and do your part to drink my share of the beer.  Keep Obama honest and don’t let any of my favorite restaurants close.  I’ll be seeing y’all later, bitches.