Rick Paulas talks to writers and YouTubers about what it feels like for a posting to go viral.
"There's a point when the narrative of how that story's being disseminated shifts completely,” A.J. Daulerio told him. “It gets picked up by the slipstream of the Internet, and, more importantly, by outside of the Internet.”
Daulerio, formerly the editor of Gawker and Deadspin, notes something that we know all too well at Boing Boing: the most successful posts, traffic-wise, are rarely the ones that are conspicuously "viral" or which enter the realm of public discussion. This post about frazil ice was constantly in our top lists, month after month, thanks to it being in a chain email ricocheting endlessly around the grandmothersphere.
When Cambridge, UK resident Eve Paterson got married, she insisted that her dress and those of her bridesmaids would include pockets and belts; her friend Nell Gordon's tweets about it raced around the world as women everywhere celebrated the virtues of pockets and condemned the fashion industry for its deplorable, longstanding practice of denying women […]
Sometimes I blog about something and it goes nowhere, much like this girl’s domino: Sometimes I blog about something and it continues to weave its way to the many corners of the internet, much like this: But, sometimes I blog about something and it starts a chain reaction that looks more like this (I looked […]
I hope that Gus Johnson’s deconstruction of how cable TV news covers viral videos will itself be reported upon in this style by cable TV news. Take any excuse to watch Charlie Brooker’s deconsctruction of a similar TV news segment formula from the UK: Have you ever wondered Why Do Reporters Talk Like That? It’s […]
Maybe you had a piano teacher as a kid that drove you off the instrument forever. Or maybe you always wished for some serious training, but never found the time. Whether you have dreams of tossing off a Beethoven or Chopin piece at the drop of a hat or you have visions of being the […]
When you see that curved arrow on the side of a cardboard box, you instantly know that box came from Amazon. The unfurled rainbow feathers of a peacock immediately scream NBC. And a partially eaten piece of fruit in the profile is a world-recognized symbol of tech titan Apple. Icons are powerful symbols, condensing volumes […]
Call it retro. Call it a throwback. Even call it kitsch. But the 80s are still a singular time in pop culture history. From Ghostbusters and Back to the Future to your neighborhood arcade and the Atari 2600, artifacts of that seminal decade still resonate, evoking audible excitement and sighs of pleasant yesteryear remembrance. But […]