Annals of Ebay
Apple in Your Eye
Mark Rothko. Cy Twombly. Joan Miro. Some anachronistic artists manage to earn not just enormous bidding prices for their masterworks, but also scorn for abstractions and accusations that what they do it not art. Well, you can now add an anonymous 4chan user to that list of misunderstood savants.
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Despite all havoc it wrought on WiFi networks across America as everyone began downloading it simultaneously, iOS7 isn’t that major an update. It certainly does not, for instance, make your iPhone waterproof. Because it’s a software update.
And yet, it seems a couple of truly clueless individuals were tricked into believing just that.
They See Me Trollin'
The gym is supposed to be a sacred place where people can grunt, sweat and make fools of themselves in peace. With the advent of camera phones and social media, though, meanies can now post pics of fellow gym-goers in the most compromising of positions.
But if there’s one thing the Internet loves more than hatery creepshots, it’s vigilante justice. One Australian butthead found that out the hard way when he got banned from his gym after mocking someone on Facebook.
One 39-year-old creep may finally achieve his dream of sniffing Taylor Swift’s hair–at least if 4chan has anything to do with it.
A contest organized by Boston radio station KISS 108FM is offering to send one lucky winner to a Taylor Swift show on July 27 and get their picture taken with her. When you register for the contest, you generate a unique link; in order to win, you have to get as many people to click on that link as possible once a day until the end of the contest.
Remember that petition urging the White House to facilitate job creation by building a gigantic Death Star a la Star Wars? With a little help from 4chan, the petition reached the 25,000 signature threshold it needed to elicit a response from the White House.
Local NYC band Anamanaguchi has released a new single, called “Meow,” off of their upcoming album Endless Fantasy. The video is replete with anime, a Japanese crawl and some technicolor laser tag, but at the end Betabeat spotted a familiar face.
A few weeks ago we reported that 4chan, the Internet’s favorite underbelly, was galvanizing to vote North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the top of Time’s person of the year reader poll. It seems it has been successful in its pursuit, as Time just announced that Kim Jong-un won the spot. This, of course, doesn’t mean that he will certainly be the Time editors’ person of the year pick, but it demonstrates the immense online voting power of 4chan.
They See Me Trollin'
That didn’t take long: A week after Time opened an annual online poll allowing readers to vote their choice for the magazine’s Person of the Year, 4chan has succeeded in pushing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to the top of the list. By a long shot.
When Lawyers Send Letters
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is having the best week ever. After being nominated by The Onion as 2012’s sexiest man alive–and having the announcement subsequently spread across papers in China as if The Onion is a legitimate news source–the meme-friendly leader now has 4chan gunning for him. Like it did for the site’s founder Moot back in 2009, The Daily Dot reports that 4chan’s /b/ board is assembling to affect the outcome of Time‘s Person of the Year award.
4Chan founder Chris Poole, who has gone by the username Moot since 2003, has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Oregon-based startup Moot.It, a yet-to-launch company that promises to reimagine forums and commenting. We initially suspected the letter might be a prank from /b/, but confirmed with Mr. Poole’s lawyer, Martin Schwimmer, that it is indeed real.
Mr. Schwimmer, a partner at White Plains law firm Leason Ellis, writes that because Mr. Poole is so closely aligned with the username Moot, any attempt by Moot.It to use the name could result in confusion from users who may wrongfully believe Mr. Poole is associated with the company.