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Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 1:48PM EDT
The new Eric Andre meme is the "worthy heir" to the American Chopper meme
The meme features Andre shooting The Eric Andre Show sidekick Hannibal Buress.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Paul Teutul Sr. reacts to the American Chopper meme: "Did I know what a meme was? Absolutely not"
It was Teutul's girlfriend's daughter who made him aware that he became a Twitter sensation over the past two weeks. "I'm not real savvy with much on a telephone," he tells Vice, "but it's kind of funny because somebody mentioned that twice, and it went over my head, and I never even came back to ask what it was, because I'm not so savvy with social media so I didn't even really kind of care what it was. So no. Did I know what a meme was? Absolutely not. Now I do." He adds that the argument that the meme is depicting was originally "horrifying. "And now it's flipped, and people keep coming up to me, and they keep sending me different ones," he says. "I didn't get it, and now, so many people are coming up to me, and so I'm more involved in looking at it now, and the more I look at it, the funnier it is." ALSO: American Chopper meme meets A-ha's "Take On Me."
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
Credit American Chopper for changing meme culture for the better
The meme featuring Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. is perfect for our current era, says Jay Hathaway. "American Chopper isn’t just wholesome; it’s also taking memes in a new direction for 2018," he says. "Meme posters have truly mastered the medium when it comes to expressing emotions and simplified political opinions, as well as sharing relatable experiences like school stress, crippling debt, and depression. Chopper points to something else they can do—they can educate."
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
Shay Mitchell accused of faking a trip to China on social media
A quick glance at the former Pretty Little Liars star's recent social media postings may have left the impression that she was on "#Shaycation" in China, which wasn't actually the case.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Sean Hannity calls Jimmy Kimmel "Poor man's Colbert," Kimmel responds that Hannity is the "Poor Woman's Rachel Maddow"
The Hannity-Kimmel Twitter feud went on all day Friday and into the night as Hannity promised "must see TV!!" on his Fox News Show. “I don’t take joy in this. But I have just had it with the utter hypocrisy," Hannity said in devoting his entire opening segment to Kimmel, while repeatedly calling the late-night host a "pervert" and "Harvey Weinstein Jr." Kimmel responded on Twitter to Hannity's segment, tweeting: "Dear @SeanHannity thx for the trip down Man Show memory lane. The idea that YOU'd call ANYONE a 'pervert' while slobbering over Trump, Ailes, O’Reilly and, YES, Roy Moore – who you DID SUPPORT is, to quote a fella you love very much, 'Sad!'"
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
The American Chopper meme, explained
The Paul Teutul Sr. vs. Paul Teutul Jr. meme went viral on Twitter this week. "What elevates the American Chopper meme from simply amusing to officially Good on the Internet is the meta journey that followed its emergence," says Heather Schwedel. "Very soon after Senior and Junior and their extremely expressive argument entered the collective consciousness, people started having all sorts of discussion about the meme and what it meant … using the form of the meme itself. And so we celebrate the idea that, for anything you have to say about the American Chopper meme, you can say it with the American Chopper meme."
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 6:58AM EST
Viral "BBC Dad" returns to the BBC, sans gatecrashing kids
South Korea-based Professor Robert Kelly's cute kids didn't disrupt his interview with BBC over the weekend. Kelly returned to BBC 11 months after he went viral, to talk about the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 9:42AM EST
Snapchat to show live video of NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage
The social media app is launching a tool that will let TV networks put snippets of live broadcasts directly into Snapchat. The new tool will be launched on Saturday to coincide with the Winter Olympic games. ALSO: Uber passengers to be treated with Olympic highlights.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 11:08PM EST
Riverdale’s “Karma is a bitch” challenge has become a sensation on Chinese social media
The challenge has gone viral, taking over the Chinese social network Weibo.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 11:08PM EST
It’s time to drop the second screen
“Staring at your phone, tablet, or computer while a program plays on another screen is adding nothing to your viewing experience,” says Lea Palmieri. She adds: "There’s a reason we were all so obsessed with theorizing about Lost, or listening in on Tony Soprano’s therapy sessions: we largely watched these shows without the presence of a smart phone or tablet (The Sopranos premiered in 1999, and Lost in 2004). We weren’t browsing the IMDb pages of every actor or scrolling through their recent tweets. We let ourselves fall into those worlds, no matter how foreign a mysterious deserted island or suburban New Jersey seemed at the time. We weren’t aimlessly picking up cases of fomo from our 'friends' on Instagram or developing hives from seeing a news headline in our feeds: for that hour we belonged to those characters only.”
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 12:03AM EST
How TV networks juggle live-tweeting, Twitter emojis and avoiding spoilers on trending topics
Networks encourage live-tweeting of their shows, but they also actively work to avoid spoilers -- for such shows as This Is Us and The Bachelor -- from ruining the viewing experience for Twitter users in other time zones. “Our digital strategy team watches all shows in advance and identifies storylines and key moments that we anticipate fans will respond to,” says Erin Weir, ABC’s senior vice president of marketing strategy,. “We then create content (memes, gifs, clips, etc.) tied to those moments so people can have assets to share and react to in real time. We also share content with our talent so that they can be an active part of the conversation. We will tease and promote on the platform, often counting down throughout the day to help drive excitement for tune in.”
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:41AM EST
Meghan Markle deletes her social media accounts
The Suits star won’t be live-tweeting the final season of her USA series, as her Twitter as well as her Instagram accounts have been shut down.
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 7:47AM EST
Was it wrong for NBC to refer to Oprah as “OUR future president” on Twitter?
“Nothing but respect for OUR future president,” NBC’s official Twitter account tweeted near the beginning of the Golden Globes ceremony. “This is a strange tweet,” responded The Hollywood Reporter’s Kim Masters. Yashar Ali of The Huffington Post added: “I have watched every episode of the Oprah show in history, I credit her with saving my life, there is no bigger fan...so I feel I have some moral authority when I say that this is a strange tweet for a broadcast network.”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 5:21PM EST
Southern Charm cast members have been ordered to temporarily stop posting on social media
Producers of the Bravo series are worried that the reality show's stars are giving away spoilers from the new season.
Posted Friday 12/22/17 at 11:25PM EST
Twitter has become superior to late-night TV when it comes to hilarious political comedy
Unlike late-night TV, Twitter isn’t dominated by white male comedians trying to appeal to the masses. “The Twittersphere can provide humor and commentary from all walks of life, provided you follow a diverse enough set of users,” says Inkoo Kang. “Twitter’s comic advantages over late night are myriad, insuperable, and perhaps obvious,” adds Kang. “If you’re the kind of person who needs to laugh about politics to stay sane, especially during the past two years, the social network can supply funny takes densely, immediately, and practically speaking, ad infinitum. Without the standards of middlebrow taste enforced by a mass viewership or corporate sponsors, Twitter’s political jesters are free to be arcane, absurd, nihilistic, or (sigh) cruel. They also enjoy freedom from the monologist’s setup-punchline, setup-punchline structure; many of the platform’s most iconic joke structures hinge purely on images, fake dialogue, text that’s better read than spoken aloud, or any number of variations on how people make one another laugh through the internet.”