As some of you may know, having a job where you are stationed in front of a computer all day awards you with plenty of time to surf the internet. Every week, great content becomes popular for a couple of days, only to be quickly replaced by the next best thing – and people who only occasionally browse the web never see it.
But fear not, your good buddy Mike is looking out for you. Every week I’ll take a handful of that great/awful web junk and post it here for your amusement.
In last week’s column, we saw how the internet community took notice of “Ohio hero” Charles Ramsey; he was the subject of many humorous videos and memes. This week we will focus on the opposite end of the spectrum: internet villains. If you’re a big enough jerk, social media sites will drag your name through the mud like a modern day tar and feathering.
Our first example is the CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch Mike Jeffries, who in an interview said how he doesn’t want unattractive or overweight kids wearing his clothes. The ironic part is that Mike Jeffries is hideously ugly. Read more on the subject here: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/abercrombie-anti-plus-size-controversy#fitchthehomeless
The controversy has also sparked a “brand reajustment campaign:”
The second terrible person/persons are the owners of Amy’s Baking Company in Arizona. Earlier this week, the restaurant was featured on Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Kitchen Nightmares,’ and the owners were so awful and unwilling to change that Gordon had to walk out on the episode. Now normally something like this would have just ended there, but not this time. The owners blamed everything on internet “haters” and took to their Facebook page to try to defend themselves. That of course backfired into a crazy Facebook meltdown on the owners part. Read more about the progression of these events here: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/amys-baking-company-pr-scandal
Newt Gringrich has never heard of a smartphone before, and he’s asking for your help on what to call these crazy handheld computer things.
I see more and more little kids these days playing with iPads instead of actual toys or board games. Ever wonder what the internet would like like as a toy?