Self­ies, Han­son and Poke­mon al­most broke the net in 2016

It’s a crazy world where the strangest fads can go vi­ral then fiz­zle

Central and North Burnett Times - - 2016 QUEENSLAND POLITICS IN REVIEW - Sherele Moody — ARM NEWS­DESK

Please stop be­ing like Bill

“THIS is 2016.

2016 doesn’t last longer than 366 days.

2016 ac­cepts there will not be an­other leap year un­til 2020. 2016 is smart. Be like 2016.” IN JANUARY, a strange lit­tle meme popped up on so­cial me­dia feeds across the globe.

If fea­tured a lit­tle stick fig­ure called Bill. For the next few weeks mil­lions of Face­book users fol­lowed in Bill’s line-art foot­steps and started gen­er­at­ing their own Be Like memes.

Very soon it all be­came pretty damn an­noy­ing and the rest of us were all Be Like <insert un­men­tion­able words start­ing with F and O here>.

Thank­fully Bill and all his silly stick fig­ure friends did just that and faded into so­cial me­dia ob­scu­rity as fast as they ap­peared.

Pell’s bells

CO­ME­DIAN Tim Minchin’s ditty about Car­di­nal Ge­orge Pell baulk­ing at re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia to ap­pear be­fore the Royal Com­mis­sion into In­sti­tu­tional Re­sponses to Child Sex­ual Abuse went vi­ral in Fe­bru­ary.

Minchin sang the song Come Home (Car­di­nal Pell) on The Project.

Over the fol­low­ing month, the catchy tune raised enough money and pub­lic­ity to send a group of Bal­larat sur­vivors of child sex abuse to Rome where they watched Car­di­nal Pell give tes­ti­mony.

When selfie ob­ses­sion goes to far

IN MARCH, a man called Seif Eldin Mustafa hi­jacked an Egyp­tAir plane, forc­ing it to land in Cyprus.

For most peo­ple on the plane, this would have been a time of ab­ject ter­ror.

Then there’s an English chap called Ben Innes and a stew­ardess known as Naira Atef. Like all good self-ob­sessed so­cial me­dia fans, the pair posed for self­ies with their cap­tor.

“I’m not sure why I did it – I just threw cau­tion to the wind while try­ing to stay cheer­ful in the face of ad­ver­sity,” Mr Innes told Bri­tish me­dia. “It has to be the best selfie ever.”

Stars go to the dogs

A FEW months be­fore his wife Am­ber Heard ac­cused him of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, Johnny Depp filmed the worst movie of his ca­reer.

You know that one where he stars as an Amer­i­can ac­tor forced to un­com­fort­ably apol­o­gise for bring­ing their dogs, Pis­tol and Boo, into Aus­tralia il­le­gally.

The 40-sec­ond video, also fea­tur­ing Heard, is the best ex­am­ple of car-crash view­ing since the in­ven­tion of video cam­eras. In fact, it’s so bad, you just can’t help watch­ing and that’s prob­a­bly why it has racked up mil­lions of views across so­cial me­dia sites.

Pauline Han­son ex­plains a few things

THERE’S two things you can guar­an­tee with Pauline Han­son – con­tro­ver­sial views and vi­ral gold.

Yep. The for­mer Ip­swich fish and chip shop owner is back in Par­lia­ment and tak­ing up pre­cious band­with thanks to her love of the so­cials.

Be­fore the June elec­tion, Ms Han­son told an ARM News­desk jour­nal­ist she be­lieved most fe­male do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims were whin­ing over “friv­o­lous” things.

And she said men were the real vic­tims of Aus­tralia’s do­mes­tic vi­o­lence epi­demic – de­spite loads of well-doc­u­mented sta­tis­tics prov­ing the re­verse.

The video of that in­ter­view went vi­ral. A few weeks later, footage of her cop­ping a mouth­ful from a Queens­land in­dige­nous leader also set the so­cial sphere alight. And then there was the video of her­self spruik­ing the ben­e­fits of buy­ing milk from farm­ers with­out re­al­is­ing a half-used bot­tle of su­per­mar­ket brand milk lurked nearby.

Her “I’ll never eat Halal” stand also took a beat­ing be­cause one of the milk brands in the video is Halal-cer­ti­fied.

Then there was that mo­ment Han­son de­cided to show us all how to use a squat toi­let in re­sponse to news the Aus­tralian Tax Of­fice was re­design­ing its loos to meet the needs of mul­ti­cul­tural staff. Pos­si­bly the odd­est Han­son so­cial me­dia mo­ment was when she used Face­book’s “live” fea­ture to broad­cast her­self watch­ing her­self in the SBS doc­u­men­tary Please Ex­plain.

Poke­mon go­ing, go­ing ... gone

POKE­MON Go. Look, we know we don’t have to say more on this fad, but hey, there’s a page to fill so here goes. In July, game devel­oper Niantic re­leased a mo­bile phone app called Poke­mon Go. In the weeks that fol­lowed, 500 mil­lion lem­mings – errr sorry … we mean peo­ple – down­loaded the game.

Then for weeks on end those of us who weren’t sheep – er­rrr sorry … Pokegamers – watched as those around us spent hours roam­ing the streets look­ing for vir­tual char­ac­ters on their mo­bile phones. Lots of peo­ple walked into poles. Some peo­ple even smashed their cars play­ing the game.

Oth­ers stum­bled onto crims in ac­tion. A few un­lucky peeps found nd dead bod­ieses and some peo­ple were killed d iin in Poke­mon PPoke­monk Go-re­lated ac­ci­dents.

Not long after launching in July, the game was rak­ing in US$16m a day as down­loads hit a peak of 27 mil­lion. In Novem­ber, it was rak­ing in just US$2m a day and was be­ing down­loaded 700,000 times daily. It is ex­pected to con­tinue to fiz­zle.

Dave’s date with des­tiny

IN SEPTEM­BER, an ob­scure Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist wrote an opinion piece about why he’d never date a fem­i­nist.

“Peo­ple who are more loyal to their gen­der and not their sig­nif­i­cant other don’t make good part­ners. They will al­ways look at you as in­her­ently more for­tu­nate than them. They’ve bought into the ‘bat­tle of the sexes’ men­tal­ity and it of­ten per­vades their per­cep­tions of ro­mance. Ro­mance turns into a power strug­gle rather than a part­ner­ship,” Dave Hon said in the News-Press Now about his de­ci­sion to avoid fem­i­nist love.

Need­less to say the fem­i­nists across the Twit­ter-sphere told Dave just how lucky they were with his de­ci­sion.

“Stop mock­ing that Never Date A Fem­i­nist guy be­cause of his looks. Mock him be­cause he doesn’t be­lieve in a wage gap or rape cul­ture,” im­plored @jen­ny_trout.

“We’re giv­ing that “why I’ll never date a fem­i­nist” piece a lot of trac­tion con­sid­er­ing the an­swer is “be­cause we will never date him”, was @an­net­don­ahue’s re­sponse. @mag­gieserota sim­ply replied with “This was a hell of a way to find out that Dave Hon and I are never go­ing to date.”

Did the cops go too far?

IN SEPTEM­BER, Ohio po­lice pub­lished a photo of a cou­ple over­dos­ing on heroin in their car as a four-year-old waited pa­tiently in the back seat.

The photo went vi­ral as peo­ple across the globe piled con­dem­na­tion – and even death threats – on the ad­dicts for their ne­glect­ful be­hav­iour.

But some so­cial me­dia users hit back, say­ing au­thor­i­ties were sim­ply re­leas­ing the im­age for click


Blokes be­hav­ing badly

THIS waa was the year yearr of Aussie blokes be­hav­ing be­hav­ingg badly on thet in­ter­net. InInn July, dis­turbingdis­turbb screen­shots from­frro a se­cret Face­book p page called calledlld Blokes BlBlokesk Ad­vice AdAd­vi­cei bbec be­came pub­lic. The images showed BA mem­bers in­cit­ing oth­ers to rape, bash and ha­rass un­sus­pect­ing women. A do­mes­tic vi­o­lence sup­port group spent the next few weeks lob­by­ing Face­book to close the 200,000-plus page down.

Stoner Sloth’s hefty price tag

LATE in 2015, the NSW Gov­ern­ment un­wit­tingly gave Aus­tralia the fun­ni­est Christ­mas present ever – the Stoner Sloth ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign.

It was sup­posed to be a se­ri­ous mes­sage about drug use.

But those ir­re­sistibly cute stoned teenage sloths do­ing stupidly funny stoner-type things had us laugh­ing so hard we cried buck­ets of tears.

The cam­paign went vi­ral, with mil­lions of views across Face­book and YouTube.

In Fe­bru­ary, we laughed even harder when we found out the en­tire she­bang cost a whop­ping $350,000.

Johnny Depp filmed the worst movie of his ca­reer.


CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT: Pauline Han­son ex­plains, Stoner Sloth, Depp and Heard’s car-crash apol­ogy, Tim Minchin tar­gets Ge­orge Pell, Liver­pool par­ents do some drug driv­ing with their kid, and Dave Hon had fem­i­nists fum­ing.

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