Remember that controversial ad that Rick Perry put out last week? Besides disliking it 670,000+ times the Internet also took the opportunity to make a few memes out of, none more popular than Unpopular Opinion Rick Perry, which is run by Kyle and Eric. We emailed Kyle with a few questions for this week’s Tumblr
1. First things first: How did this Tumblr start? Obviously it was inspired by Perry’s infamous ad, but what gave you the idea for the Tumblr?
Well, I had first saw a transcript of the ad and thought that it was a quasi-quote of what he was trying to imply and then I watched the video and found out that was exactly what he was saying and I was honestly left surprised. That took a lot of guts, in my opinion. It was offensive and he has a lot gall to do it, but it still took a lot of guts to just come right out with it. So, in response, I had first made a gif having him calling himself a twat, and I was enjoying putting words in his mouth that I made several more on my personal blog before I realized that I was having so much fun making these that I would just have to make a separate blog dedicated to the whole idea.
2. What do you think of the Internet’s reaction to the Perry ad in general (the insane number of “dislikes” on the YouTube video, the reactions on Facebook, etc.)? Do you think it will make a real difference politically?
I think the internet’s reaction to this video is really telling to what the news on television is showing us and what is actually going on. The people on all of the news channels would make you believe that this is someone we should consider to be the possible next President of the United States of America but then you look to the internet and his video is so vile that it breaks a record for the most disliked video on Youtube. The internet see’s the man for what he is, a joke, anything he says you would not able to take seriously because they are opinions that are so unrealistic to what is really going on out in the world. So if he’s going to treat himself like a joke, I’m going to help him through this blog. Do I think this will make a real difference politically? Probably not.
3. How many of the posts on the Tumblr are/have been by submission/ask? Roughly how many submissions have you gotten?
A lot of the post have been user suggested. I have a lot of creative people giving me ideas. The first several were thought up by me and some of the ones mixed in with the user suggested were my idea too, but it’s mostly users suggesting them. I’ve been having to limit how many messages I get so I don’t get overwhelmed but I’ve received around 300 messages so far [Ed: by Friday]. If I didn’t disable ask like I do to let myself breathe a little, I’d be a little scared to what the actual number would be.
4. What’s your favorite post thus far?
Looking at the notes, I would have to think that it’s everyone’s but it’s mine especially. The "My pokemon team is all zubats." just makes me chuckle every time. I think about every time I have had to face off against a zubat during the Pokemon games and it just is a laughably awful thing to do to have six zubats on your team.
5. What’s your favorite thing about Rick Perry?
My favorite thing about Rick Perry has to be the video of him that I assume of him intoxicated at an event because even though some of the things he says in it are wrong (in my opinion), I can’t help but laugh because he’s cracking jokes the whole way and he’s so giddy and at the end when he’s cuddling the bottle of maple syrup, it just kills me.
Some background: Reactions to the UC Davis infamous pepper spray incident have been varied. Some commentators, including Megan Garber of the Nieman Journalism Lab, are saying the event, specifically the iconic video and images generated by cellphones and cameras, will be very valuable to the Occupy Movement at large.
At UC Davis students held both a creepily silent protest aimed at Chancellor Katehi and a rally on Monday. Meanwhile the glorious internet has been busy creating a meme out of the image of pepper-spraying Lt. Pike (at least one such image made it to the UC Davis rally on Monday). Buzzfeed Editor Matt Stopera told NPR ”this is definitely going to be one of the bigger, more important memes.”
Brady Hall has launched a Tumblr collecting these images. We asked him 5 questions via email.
1. Who or what gave you the initial idea to put the image of Lt. Pike in historical images?
I saw the photos and video of PSC when they first broke a few days ago and was just as disgusted as everybody else. I’ve been a supporter of the OWS movement and have moved my money into a credit union (the best and most tangible thing us average people can do!) so the actions of this guy were really shockingly terrible and somehow managed to outshine the previous top dog example of police brutality, namely the photo of 84 year old Dorli Rainey post-pepper spray. Suddenly last night (Sunday, November 20) I saw an image of PSC blasting the lady in Seurat’s famous painting [below] and knew a Tumblr was in order.
2. Are the images you’re getting mostly submissions or originals?
At this point it’s mostly submissions. I made the first one (Christina’s World) and the 2001, Guernica, Kent State and a few others. But when I roused myself from bed this morning I noticed a flood of submissions. I’m still going through them and queuing them.
3. What actions do you think should be taken at UC Davis after the incident? Do you think administrative leave is an adequate punishment for the UC Davis police chief?
I think that the people in charge at UC Davis should be fired or at the very least severely disciplined. The rank and file cops do not beat and pepper spray peaceful protesters unless there is either an order to do so or a lack of an order not to do so. In my mind either of those scenarios are equally inappropriate and especially in light of the constant stream of police brutality images in the past month. When people simply sit, and do nothing else, and do not threaten physically, they should not be subjected to this kind of treatment.
4. Which image so far is your favorite? Do you think any of them could become iconic images?
I hate to toot my own horn but the 2001 star child one makes me laugh out loud still. It’s that puny little arm trying so hard to hose down omnipotent Dave Bowman Baby.
5. What plans do you have going forward? Any other Tumblrs planned, specifically OWS-related?
I have no plans. I’ll just keep updating as long as there is interest. I am realistic and understand that crap like this has an amazingly short shelf life!
You can submit your own “proof of PSC pepper spraying somebody in history” to email@example.com.
This Tuesday we take a look at a fun new Tumblr called Magic Cards with Googly Eyes which simply but ingeniously features photos of Magic playing cards with googly eyes (hilarious!). Amanda Casperson, the blog’s author, was nice enough to answer five questions for us.
1. How exactly did you come up with idea for this?
Well, I play a lot of Magic: The Gathering. There’s a place here in Seattle called Card Kingdom that is the place to be if you’re into gaming (they have Magic cards, D&D and other tabletop supplies, board games, a café/bar, and should hire me), and every Tuesday they host a group called the Lady Planeswalker Society that was founded by my buddy Tifa Meyen. It’s a bunch of women (and the occasional dude or two; we don’t exclude anyone) who get together and play some Magic.
A couple weeks ago, one of the girls, Mercedes Behan, came over to the table while some of us were between games and said, “Who wants some googly eyes?” Apparently she just had a packet of them that she got somewhere. And, obviously, since we had all these Magic cards, it was obvious what to begoogle. Shortly thereafter we were all laughing like maniacs, and I took some pictures on my phone and posted them on my Facebook.
Unlike most random nonsense I post on Facebook, these continued to be hilarious EVERY SINGLE TIME I looked at them. I joked to my sister that I should make a Tumblr for them, because this is exactly the sort of thing one would have a Tumblr full of. And, well, a couple days later I was like, “I guess will just make a Tumblr, it will amuse me at least.”
…And then it ended up amusing basically everyone I know as well as several thousand people I don’t. Including Wil Wheaton. What is this, I don’t even.
2. What’s your favorite card/post on the site?
OHHHHH IT’S A SNAKE
3. How do you come up with the captions?
It varies! Most of the time it is “What sound is this thing making?” You should hear some of the noises (and see some of the faces) I make when I’m making these, it’s absurd. But sometimes I go with something else, like a new cardname (Prodigal Derpomancer) or an addition to the text of the card itself, like “…Enchanted creature also gets a wicked case of the derps,” because I think it would be great if the card said that. Basically I just put whatever makes me laugh the hardest in conjunction with the image.
Mirri the Derped
4. What powers would you attribute to the eyes?
Googly eyes make everything funnier! I have theorized that it’s because they turn everything into Muppets.
5. Do you have any plans for spin-offs?
Oh, I think this one is enough to keep me busy for awhile. There is one (that I didn’t know about when I started) that is basically the same thing but for Pokémon cards, called Googly Eyed Pokemon. I certainly hope other people make spinoffs though! As noted, googly eyes make everything funnier. Just like Batman.
1. What gave you the idea to start the blog (and how did you come up with the great name for it)?
A few weeks ago I was at the OWS protest in Times Square and noticed a cocker spaniel wearing a “tax the big dogs” cape. I thought it was adorable and immediately asked the owner if I could take the dog’s photo. That was the first time I realized pets were at these rallies too, and they weren’t getting much attention from the mainstream media. It seemed like missed opportunity.
The next day I scoured the web and discovered there were other cute OWS pet/baby photos on sites like Flickr. I even found the same dog I already photographed. There were just enough out there to get a blog started, and I hoped for fan submissions to keep it alive. That’s exactly what happened just a few days later. Nice to see it’s catching on! Unfortunately, I don’t have the time or money to travel around the globe taking photos at protests, but I would love to if it were a viable option.
As for the “Awwccupy” title, I’m a professional copywriter so wordplay is something I do every day. And I’ve spent enough time on sites like Tumblr and Reddit to know “aww” is a common reaction to cute animal or baby photos. It didn’t take long to come up with that name.
2. Are you a participant in the protests yourself? If so, do you have a pet with you?
I wouldn’t consider myself an active participant in the live protests, but I definitely support their right to be there - especially with their pets.
3. What do you think of the community down at the Occupy protests?
There’s no doubt this nation has room for improvement. I commend the protesters who camp out there every day for taking immediate action, rather than staying at home and doing nothing at all. If you look at past movements, it’s pretty clear that this could eventually lead to positive change.
If I had to make one criticism, it’s wishing the overall OWS message was a little more focused. Right now a lot of different people want a lot of different things. Hopefully a single-minded message or plan of action will materialize soon and create a tangible result. Not everyone’s going to get exactly what they desire right away, but we can take smaller steps that will lead to something bigger.
4. Are there more dogs than cats or other pets at the Occupy protests?
Based on what I’ve seen and the photos fans are sending me, there are definitely more dogs than cats (and other pets) at these protests. It makes sense, because dogs like to follow their owners wherever they go and enjoy being outside with other humans. I would love to see more cats and other random pet (or baby) photos at protests, but right now dogs are leading the charge.
5. Do you have other favorite Occupy Wall Street-related Tumblrs and/or memes? Other favorite Tumblrs in general?
I’ve seen everything from funny memes like Occupy Sesame Street to more serious blogs like We Are the 99 Percent. Personally, I thought the most compelling and effective OWS blog was We Stand With The 99 Percent. It’s great to see the “1%” acknowledging the overwhelming economic disparity and standing up for the rest of us. I would like to believe if I were wealthy I would do them same thing.
As for other tumblr blogs in general, these are some of my favorites: Laughing Squid, Best Roof Talk Ever, Whatevs, Catasters, When The What, Animals With Stuffed Animals, Julia Segal, This Isn’t Happiness, and The Daily What.
Here at NWK Tumblr we’ve decided to start a new segment in which we ask 5 questions of a new or different Tumblr that you’ll hopefully be interested in every Tuesday. For our inaugural post, we interviewed the authors of Fuck You Very Much, a photo Tumblr (which, heads up, contains nudity) written by two friends, Sine and Kristoffer, who met in Copenhagen. The concise captions— always beginning with “We…”— give a great sense of the pair’s beliefs, opinions, and philosophy.
We are fucked.
How did your “visual diary” start? How do you two know each other?
We know each other from our studies in Copenhagen. We were working together and always discussing beautiful women, cool people and interesting objects. We decided to start a small blog, just to share stuff with each other, and slowly it grew to what it is today.
We hate losing.
How do you go about finding the images for the site? What’s the process?
There are tons of spectacular photo blogs out there. Tumblr is a great source. We get a lot of images mailed to us. We have found out that the best images are the ones we stumble upon, not the ones we find because we feel like we have to post something. Other times, we post something because we think it’s cool and that we want to endorse something. For example a new music video, a gallery opening that we are going to or a book we think other people should read.
Could you each tell us which post is your favorite and why?
It’s too difficult to answer! We have posted over 3.400 pictures and one of them has a special detail we like.
We like Ernest.
What are your favorite books and movies?
The great American writers are always good. Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Steinbeck for example. Bret Easton Ellis. Safran Foer. Tom Wolfe. Erica Jong. We also have a weak spot for reading scientific literature with a gender aspect - as Judith Butler and Jasbir Puar.
We would do everything for a kiss.
In honor of all of those, some people you should follow:
PopMech, for general geek heaven.
Our sister tumblr, CheatSheet, for the day’s news on all of these topics.
And then a special shoutout to a few of our own:
kryanjones, video guru, endless source of inappropriate humor, who we will miss, dearly.
moneyries, the man behind our social media channels, blogging on news, tech trends and kittylove.
jessbennett, your host except-when-she-gets-really-busy-doing-her-paid-job, for-which-she-has-major-tumblr-guilt, documenting social trends, culture, girlstuff.
Celebrating International Women’s Day!
Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a global celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women and a time to recognize the achievements made by women around the world.
The Tumblr community is bursting with amazing, talented, inspirational women who we love and admire. Check out these blogs run by five of them…
Awesome Shit Women Did
Celebrates the impact women have had on our world by highlighting their incredible accomplishments and contributions to all areas of life.
Britt is a music, arts, and culture writer and researcher, and she writes about avant-garde and independent music and culture here.
Zahira’s collection of whatnots, eyebrow raising shenanigans, and the occasional rant.
Tere is a web developer, writer, and artist who blogs about her creations and inspirations.
Chelsea writes about space exploration, science, and other awesome things with an infectious sense of wonderment.
(photo via nevver)
Yes! Also: Lady Journos, which highlights great longform journalism that happens to be written by women.
And here’s an interesting piece from Poynter today in which Gail Collins and Nick Kristof discuss the lack of women on op-ed pages.
The genius of hatecation. Well worth the follow.