Monday, June 01, 2009

I can haz idiocy?

Ok, this I just had to post about:

Fox News finally reaches the bottom of the barrel, keeps scraping and manages to enter a whole new universe of shitty journalism.

Wait, scratch that. It's not shitty journalism because what Fox does isn't actually journalism. Change journalism to 'making shit up'.

Ever heard of 4chan? It's essentially a forum/message board that's popular with teens and is responsible for a lot of the memes you find around the web, like lolcats. In simplest possible terms, it's a hangout for teens who delight in dick and fart jokes. You know, like teens everywhere since the beginning of time.

Of course, Fox takes this non-news and runs with it. They not only make the massive leap that 4chan is responsible for just about every bit of politically incorrect content on the web, they take this random group of teens and turn them into some sort of shadowy internet agency of evil:

"The most powerful people on the Internet don't work for Microsoft, Google or the government. Rather, they're a bunch of antisocial, foul-mouthed, clever nerds who congregate at a largely unknown Web site called

Ever get your MySpace page hacked into? Chances are it was 4chan's fault. Enjoy reading Sarah Palin's personal e-mail? She's got 4chan to thank for that."

I love that. A bunch of kids photoshopping pictures of pokemon characters and composing epics about a walrus looking for his 'bukkit' and cats asking if they 'can haz cheezburger' are more 'powerful' than Microsoft, Google or the government.

What I want to know is how a freaking news agency can be so out of touch. I mean, like every Fox news report, every single part of this article is designed to terrify parents, but read this:

"What makes 4chan unique among message boards is its reliance on anonymity, a vast difference from most sites, which make users sign up with at least a verifiable e-mail address."

You see? YOU SEE!!!!??!?! It's SECRET! They're HIDING THINGS!!!! Because it's absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to create a random and completely anonymous webmail address! For example, I don't have a hotmail address purely used to sign up for things so I don't get inundated with spam.

If you still consider Fox to be actual news, I ask you to bear this in mind. This is a news agency that calls the following prank 'cyber terrorism':

Another controversy to hit 4chan was the "invasion" of the teen-centric online social site Habbo Hotel. At this online "hotel," users create avatars that walk into various virtual rooms and chat with other users.

In 2006, 4chan members swarmed the site, created avatars of men with Afros and Armani suits and blocked the hotel's swimming pool and shut it down, due to "AIDS in the water.""

Now, it might just be me, but I wouldn't call that terrorism, I'd call that a fairly unfunny prank that probably got 'Habbo Hotel' more interest and traffic than it ever would had a bunch of idiot teenagers not decided to prank it.

You can read the whole article here. It's possibly one of the most unintentionally funny things ever.

1 comment:

Evan 08 said...

...4chan is responsible for just about every bit of politically incorrect content on the web...Great turn of phrase, especially considering that the politically correct movement is generally considered to be the creation of bleeding-heart liberals.

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