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Downfall

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If you know me, then you know I love the DOWNFALL meme.

Last night, I was reading Newsweek, (The issue from a week or two ago, with Hilary Clinton on the cover, calling her Obama’s “Bad Cop”), a magazine I normally enjoy.  But, a passage about the DOWNFALL meme in the magazine kinda pissed me off.  No, not kinda, it really got me mad!

They called the meme played out, which, okay, sure, it’s been around a while now and I can understand that some people may be sick of it (I’m not), but hey, that’s their opinion, and I can respect that.  What I could not respect was the way they said it was a good thing that Constantin Films, the production company behind the film, had ordered the DOWNFALL clips off of YouTube.

Why am I angry?  Because this is a case of yet another media company claiming “copyright” in an inappropriate manner, and ignoring the fair use laws that protect this form of parody and remixing.  And, I would think that Newsweek, normally an intelligent publication, would be smart enough to understand the bigger picture.

I’m not the most articulate person when it comes to explaining all of this (without writing a five page essay), so go do some research and educate yourself on the topics of remix culture and copyright vs fair use.  Trust me, these are important subjects in todays digital culture.

And on a somewhat related note…

Brandon Hardesty has been re-enacting scenes from films and posting them to YouTube for a while now.  They are interesting, one man experiments in acting.  Recently, he posted his own version of the (in)famous DOWNFALL scene.  Pretty good, for a non German speaker!

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May 6, 2010 at 9:19 am

Fat Guys

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I can’t find the link now, but earlier today, I read an interesting observation.  It goes a little something like this…

Do a Google image search using keywords such as “circus” “freak” “fat”.  And then take a look at the photos from about 100 year ago or more.  What you’ll see is photos like this one…

A pretty big guy, right.  Now, take a look around you.  Most likely there is someone in you life who looks this way; a neighbor, a family member, a co-worker, a friend.

The person who used to be an oddity, the person who other people used to pay to see, the person who was once deemed a “freak”, is now rather common place.

What made me go “whoa!” when I read this was not the fact that people are getting fatter (no duh!), but, when you put it terms of carnival side shows, well, that put our growing waistlines in a way that I hadn’t thought of before.

Anyway, just wanted to share.

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April 24, 2010 at 3:08 pm

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The DOWNFALL of DOWNFALL

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A couple days old now, but…
The DOWNFALL meme is my favorite meme. Recently, YouTube as starting pulling these videos. So of course, someone posted a DOWNFALL video in response to all of this. Enjoy it while you can.

More info HERE

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April 24, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Drunk History.

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As a history major, with a minor in liver damage, I love this series of videos.





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April 12, 2010 at 8:57 am

many many many pictures

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This stuff made me laugh, or at the least, grin.  And since the internet is about sharing, I’m now sharing them with you.

Too True!

I made a t-shirt with this image. It didn't come out so good. ugh

I haven't seen or read the Twillght Stuff, but I luv a good Twillght joke!

Gory, but funny!

I want a hores for my birthday!

Death + Masturbation = Hillarity!

Were you at first arroused? Congrats, you're a pederphile now!

Possible Lost spin-off. I'd watch it!

Old. But, this explains why I do what I do.

Not blind yet! (But I do need glasses.)

Made me laff!

Superheroes and abbortion jokes; two of my favorite things.

I'm going to get some gruff about this one!

My photoshop skillz are weak, and I feel like less of man due to this. :-(

"Hell is other people." - John-Paul Sarte

Great Parenting!

Bodacious!

I'm a Star Wars nerd and a World War II geek.

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March 22, 2010 at 9:12 am

The Soviet Crooner Is Back!

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The remix had me laughing pretty hard. It’s stupid, I’ll give you that. But I liked it!

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March 12, 2010 at 3:30 am

Posted in Funny, History, Meme, Music, Video

Back To The Future

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“…recently a friend noted that if Universal greenlit and released a remake of BACK TO THE FUTURE today and Marty McFly traveled back the same amount of time as in the original, he would land smack dab in the middle of 1980. Let that sink in for a moment.” Massawyrm, Aint-It-Cool-News.com

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March 12, 2010 at 2:21 am

Posted in History, Movies, Quote