While You Were Offline: That Pamela Anderson, Always Assassinating Public Figures

It was a week that saw the final presidential debatewe’ll get there in a secondthe suspected murder of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange by the least obvious candidatedon’t worry, we’ll get there, tooand the fall of half the Internet on Friday morning. Who says these aren’t the Final Day? Not me, that’s for sure. For those who aren’t filled with sheer dread and utter anxiety for the future of humanity, perhaps you’ve not been paying attention. Don’t worrythat’s why I’ve rounded up the highlights of things that might have slipped past your attention on our favorite web of virtual tubings over the past seven days. No , no, you can thank me later.

Don’t Mean a Thing

What Happened : When he’s not alarming America by refusing to reveal if he’d accept the results of the presidential election, Donald Trump likes to expend his debates unleashing a new social media meme or two.
Where It Blew Up : Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened : A sign that things weren’t going too well for Republican Presidential nominee on Wednesday night, during the final presidential debate, was his closing, exasperated commentsaid while leaning into the microphone , to ensure that everyone heard itthat opponent Hillary Clinton was ” such a nasty girl .”~ ATAGEND Reaction on Twitter to the out-of-nowhere insult was as you’d expect 😛 TAGEND

But soon enough, people began to reconsider the comment and reframe it as something akin to a badge of honor 😛 TAGEND Fantasy responses were also drafted 😛 TAGEND Of course, Trump’s comments were picked up and shared across the Internet, but potential impacts was already being felt everywhere: Not only can you already buy a Nasty Woman t-shirt , not only has someone bought the domain NastyWomanGetShitDone.com and re-directed it to the official Clinton site, but Janet Jackson’s ” Nasty” is experiencing a whole new wave of success in light of the word passing back into usage.
The Takeaway : Look, someone had to do it

I’ve Heard That His Library Is the Best, and He Likes to Read, Okay? Bigly

What Happened : OK, so perhaps he won’t be the President of the United States, but if nothing else, Trump’s very individual syntax has provided the grist for some great social media memes.
Where It Blew Up : Twitter
What Really Happened : Still on the topic of the debate, one spectator noted that Trump’s particular way of speaking was curiously reminiscent of something This triggered off something in particular in the Twitterati, to the delight of anyone who’s ever( a) built fun of Donald Trump and( b) handed in a particularly unconvincing book is present in their younger days 😛 TAGEND The Takeaway : The meme was so flexible, it even imagined Trump responding to someone else’s book report

Why Dost Thou Hide Thyself in Clouds?

What Happened : What connects Pamela Anderson, government-sponsored assassinations and the current presidential election together? Dames and Gentlemen, Mr. Julian Assange.
Where It Blew Up : Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened : It’s been a very strange week for Julian Assange, editor-in-chief and public face of WikiLeaks. Now a poster boy for the alt-right as a result of WikiLeaks’ release of hacked Democratic documents, a surreal anxiety about Assange’s fate started when the official WikiLeaks account tweeted out the following messages 😛 TAGEND What could these tweets entail? A certain segment of the Internet was persuaded it knew the answer 😛 TAGEND Even more wonderfully, the fact that the tweets were sent after, surreally, Pamela Anderson had visited Assange in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, England, where he’s been hiding for four years that are intended to escape extradition to Sweden to face rape chargesshe was there to deliver him a vegan snack, amazinglyprompted an even greater conspiracy theory 😛 TAGEND Sadly for the conspiracy theoreticians( who had managed to make it onto Time ), if happily for Assange, it turned out that he wasn’t dead after all 😛 TAGEND So, what had happened to cause the tweets? WikiLeaks had some more cloak and dagger hints to fell 😛 TAGEND Not everyone was convinced of the gravity of the situation 😛 TAGEND It turned out, however, that a “state party” genuinely was responsible for cutting off Assange’s accesshowever, it wasn’t the parties to the that conspiracy theorists might have been expecting 😛 TAGEND Ecuador released a statement explaining that it” respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other nations ,” and that it had temporarily restricted Assange’s online access in response to belief that the DNC material was research results of a Russian government-sponsored hack.( Worth mention: US authorities reportedly recommended Ecuador to cut Assange’s access .) Some people had a workaround for Assange’s plight, however 😛 TAGEND The Takeaway : While it’s fun to imagine how Assange expends his time when he has no Internet, others have an idea of how he could probably find himself back online relatively quickly

Game of Watch the Throne

What Happened : If Kanye West’s on-stage outburst must therefore be believed, his relationship with Jay-Z is over.
Where It Blew Up : Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened : Who doesn’t love going to live performances by favorite artists? It’s not just about the music, of course. It’s about the things that no one expects, those little moments where things happen that aren’t on the recorded versions of tracks. Like, you know, Kanye West refusing to perform a track from Watch the Throne because he’s mad at Jay-Z 😛 TAGEND The unexpected announcement at Wednesday’s Seattle concert made headlines, of course, because how could it not? But the fans weren’t so impressed with what they insured 😛 TAGEND Someone else who won’t impressed, according to anonymous” music insiders ,” was Jay-Z himself, with one “insider” saying that Mr. Bey ” can’t stand ” Kanye, and he only “tolerated” him for Watch the Throne because of the amount of money that was likely to be made by the album and tour. Expect this one to go on for quite some time, at least through backchannel “insider” reports
The Takeaway : There is, of course, merely one rational response to any of this 😛 TAGEND

You’re Into a Time Slip and Nothing Can Ever Be the Same

What Happened : Fox remade The Rocky Horror Picture Show for a mainstream, prime time audience. The Internet was uncertain about the results.
Where It Blew Up : Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened : If you weren’t watching Fox on Thursday evening, chances are you missed this Yes, there was a new version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show because … well, I have no real notion beyond” ratings and it probably seemed like a good notion at the time .” It wasn’t live, like other Tv musical extravaganzas, and wasn’t broadcast on Halloween like you’d expect, so it only … various kinds of happened? As might be expected, Twitter was less than kind as it livetweeted 😛 TAGEND Ratings reflected the overall impression that this wasn’t anything too special, while reviews were … somewhat mixed to say the least. Rolling Stone set it best, perhaps:” It was a mess, but at least it was a hot mess, which is the optimal temperature for a mess to be .”
The Takeaway : Although the haters were out in force on Twitter, there was also this response, which feels like it should be remembered at all times when complaining about things on the Internet 😛 TAGEND

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