I am pretty good at spotting trends and this Twitter trend of passing on fake news by the Alt Right is pretty scary stuff. The Alt Right is a name White Supremacists have adopted that people are accepting of - see all the T Shirts on AMAZON (I am boycotting them till they get rid of them).
Anyway I culled together a bunch of crap that you probably haven't paid much attention to but young men everywhere in the US are well aware of. It might seem disjointed as it is from many places but get the drift...please. Something bad is brewing.
Here are some more CODE words, and names you might be hearing. Don't let it go over your head. Start to understand some of this stuff.
|Praise KEK? The Frog.|
About (on Know Your Meme).
“Meme Magic” is a slang term used to describe the hypothetical power of sorcery and voodoo supposedly derived from certain internet memes that can transcend the realm of cyberspace and result in real life consequences. Since its coinage on the imageboard 8chan, the fictitious concept has gained popularity on 4chan’s /pol/ (politically incorrect) board and been heavily associated with several in-jokes and shitposting fads on the site, including Ebola-chan, Baneposting and Donald Trump. Some have compared it to the occult concept of the egregore, an autonomous psychic entity which influences the thoughts of a group of people.
The earliest uses of the term can be tracked to March 2015, when the Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed while en route to Düsseldorf, Germany and several online communities started drawing parallels with the memorable plane scene from The Dark Knight Rises. The first use comes from a webm titled “Meme Magick”, created by YouTuber First Last (and reuploaded to his YouTube channel on August 6th, 2015), which was first posted on 8chan’s random board /b/ and later on the Baneposting board /bane/. The earliest archived reference to it is a post on /pol/ from March 26th claiming that /tv/ used “meme magic” to crash the plane.
|Mike Cernovich is an Alt Right leader who claims he is not part of the Alt Right. Wrote a book about Trump.|
|Anti-Alt Right T Shirt from Word Press|
4chan is a series of wholly anonymous, anything-goes forums. 4chan, in its layout and fundamental operation, is not terrifically different from Reddit, Something Awful, or other large-scale Internet forums. The site is broken up into threads where users can discuss different topics — everything from civet coffee to sex toys — and something like 22 million users do just that every month. A couple things make 4chan unusual as a forum, however. For one thing, unlike Reddit, users never need to make an account or pick a username — even a pseudonymous one. That means participants can say and do virtually anything they want with only the most remote threat of accountability. It also means you can’t message other users or establish any kind of social relationship with them, unless they reveal their identity in some way. For a social network, that’s pretty weird. In fact, a number of sociologists have spent time studying exactly how it works.
Why is 4chan important/why should I care?
Three reasons: First, 4chan is the original incubator for a huge number of memes and behaviors that we now consider central to mainstream Internet culture. Second, 4chan is responsible for some of the largest hoaxes, cyberbullying incidents and Internet pranks of the past five years. Third, Anonymous got its start on 4chan — and the hacktivist collective is an increasingly important player in news events from Ferguson to the Steubenville rape. In short, the full list of things 4chan has given the Internet would be pretty extensive.
Some of the bad of 4chan:
1. Celebgate: the leak of dozens of stolen celebrity nude photos, which — while no longer available on 4chan — still exist as downloadable torrents across the Web.
2. Gamergate: an ongoing movement to expose “corruption” in video game journalism, which was (purportedly!) drummed up by 4chan users. Gamergate has since wrecked the lives of several female gamers and commentators and spawned a larger discussion about the way that industry treats women.
3. The cyberbullying of Jessi Slaughter: one of the earliest high-profile incidents of cyberbullying, in which 4chan members sent death threats and calls to an 11-year-old girl who would later make multiple suicide attempts.
4. Google- and poll-bombing: voting or searching for the same terms en masse, to either sabotage an online vote or make a topic trend artificially. 4chan has successfully gotten a swastika to trend on Google.
5. Fake bomb threats: a vast number of hoaxers have posted mass bomb and shooting threats to 4chan, prompting several arrests and evacuations.
6. #Cutforbieber: a Twitter hashtag that encouraged young Beliebers to cut themselves to demonstrate their love for the performer.
7.#Leakforjlaw: a similar social media prank that encouraged women to post their nude photos in support of Jennifer Lawrence.
8. Bikini bridge: an invented beauty/fitness trend that encouraged women to lose enough weight to create a gap between the bones of their hip and pelvis; the trend, though fake, eventually caught on in online eating-disorder communities.
9. Apple Wave: an alleged “feature” of the iPhone 6, hyped by 4chan users on Twitter, wherein people can charge their phones by microwaving them. Needless to say, that’s one of many 4chan news hoaxes.
10. Ebola-chan: a jokey cartoon “mascot” for Ebola that, in the hands of some particularly unprincipled 4chan users, became a hoax directed at vulnerable West Africans.
How do 4chan in-jokes morph into major Internet trends?
In a phrase, what happens on 4chan does not stay on 4chan — not when it gets big, anyway. In-jokes and other benign ephemera tend to filter out organically, via users’ other online networks and social media accounts. (Celebgate, as I wrote earlier this month, reached the mainstream via a joint Reddit/4chan user named John Meneses.)
But frequently, 4chan is a bit more proactive in pushing its creations on the masses. When users orchestrate major hoaxes or pranks, for instance, they’ll often create fake Twitter accounts and hashtags to popularize the story or attract media attention. They’re also quite adept at gaming any platform that surfaces content based on popularity: that includes not only Twitter, which highlights “trending” topics, but also YouTube and Google Trends. Because certain forums have been so successful at getting a group of people to take action at once, 4chan’s been credited for pulling off “some of the highest-profile collective actions in the history of the Internet.”
4chan may have brought down pro-Clinton phone lines the day before the election. The downtime wasn’t a coincidence. Just after midnight on Sunday night, a post on 4chan’s /pol/ board announced an impending denial-of-service attack on any tools used by the Clinton campaign, employing the same Mirai botnet code that blocked access to Twitter and Spotify last month. One of those targets was TCN, the Utah-based call center company that runs NextGen’s dialer. According to the post’s author, the company was also providing phone services to Hillary Clinton’s offices in Nevada.
And the 4Chan Celebrated (Washington Post):
Fake news and misinformation are part of that, as are the traditional griefing techniques of subcultural trolls. But lulz also fueled — and sometimes, explain — this year’s surge of racist, sexist and anti-Semitic discourse.
“The lulz have become prominent during this election in a way we’ve never seen before,” said Whitney Phillips, a professor of literary studies at Mercer University and the co-author of a forthcoming book on Internet antagonists. “But it’s dangerous to frame [lulz] as somehow different or separate from actual extremism. Whether or not you’re doing it for laughs, the message is the message.”