Category Archives: Features and Use

My Profile Story Brings Social Networking Satire To Life

One of the more original new web series to debut recently is also one of the hardest to explain. The Fine Brothers’ My Profile Story is about the drama that ensues when you rank on someone’s social networking profile page, anthropomorphized thanks to the miracle of green-screening. It’s like Toy Story, but with the Top Friends section on MySpace. And it’s a hoot.

Once you wrap your head around the concept, My Profile Story opens up as a solid satire of social networking concepts. See, Jenny’s just your average girl with an account on the social networking site MyProfileStory.com, and when she leaves her computer, her Top Friends come to life. But because this is Jenny’s profile page, their lives all revolve around their relationship to Jenny — and when her best friend Kali discovers that she’s been pushed out of the top friend spot by Jenny’s new boyfriend Jordan, trouble begins to brew.

While the pilot launched today on Atom.com, the show’s official site is definitely worth checking out, as it’s a perfect mirror of the My Profile Story service used in the show, completely with parody banner ads and profiles for all the supporting characters. It’s even possible to create a profile for yourself and become friends with the characters on the show — but the Fine Brothers don’t pass up any opportunity to poke fun atsocial networking in general.

In the pilot, the only character who really stands out is Kali, and we don’t know quite enough about the relationship between real-world Jenny and Jordan to get invested in its survival, online or off. Also, what happens to these avatars on other pages of the site: Do their profiles have their own profile drama of their own?

 

 

Being famous in a social media-obsessed world: Kirsten Dunst stars in short satire film exposing the weirdness of selfie culture

Kirsten Dunst has starred in a two-minute short film about what it’s like to be a celebrity in our social-media obsessed culture.

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The dramatization, which was shot for Vs. Magazine by filmmaker Matthew Frost, shows the 32-year-old actress getting accosted by a pair of female fans outside what appears to be her Los Angeles home.

Upon snapping a number of selfies with the star, the fans all but ignore Miss Dunst in favor of their phones – even when she attempts polite conversation. Then, they arrogantly implore her to ‘tag’ them from her own social media account.

 Miss Dunst agreed to take part in the film after she declared herself a fan of Mr Frost’s best-known skit, Fashion Film, starring Izzy Caplan, which mocks forced ‘artsiness.’

In his latest offering, titled Aspirational, Miss Dunst is filmed waiting for an Uber car when the two fans screech to a halt in their car alongside her and ask: ‘Are you Kirsten Dunst?’

The actress wryly confirms that yes she is, after which the girls scramble out of their car and wordlessly, without asking permission, start taking numerous selfies with her.

Miss Dunst, who asks the girls ‘How are you?’ and is entirely ignored, is gracious, if a little baffled with their impromptu photo shoot.

‘Don’t you want your friend to take it?’ she asks one of the girls, who is struggling to get her own face into frame with the actress.

‘I don’t trust her,’ the girl responds shortly.

Both distinctly unenthusiastic ‘fans’ then start typing into their phones fiendishly as they share their prized selfies.

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Five Hilarious Satirical News Sites

With so much going on in the world, we tend to take the news very seriously. People who publish satirical news sites know this, and love to play with your head. Judging by how easily people buy into conspiracy theories, it’s no surprise that some folks, even traditional news reporters, fall for the satire hoax. Don’t be that person. Before you respond with righteous indignation to an outrageous news story, check this list of satirical news sites.

With so much going on in the world, we tend to take the news very seriously. People who publish satirical news sites know this, and love to play with your head.
With so much going on in the world, we tend to take the news very seriously. People who publish satirical news sites know this, and love to play with your head.

1. The Borowitz Report

The New Yorker hosts the satirical humor of Andy Borowitz, who delivers his “news stories” with a “straight face.” His career as a political satirist began during the 1990′s, when he started emailing fake news pieces to his friends. His work is so convincing that China’s Xinhua news agency reported that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos explained his acquisition of the Washington Post” as an unintentional mouse click.”  They thought that it hat to be true, since they found the story on The New Yorker.

2. The National Report

During the government shut-down, Anna Kooiman of Fox and friends reported that President Obama was using his own funds to keep a Muslim Museum open. The article on The National Report stated that Kooiman apologized on her Twitter site when she realized that she had posted information from asatirical article on the National Report.

3. Super Tuesday News

4. The Daily Currant

Washington Post reporter Suzi Parker thought she had reached the high point of her career, when she reported that

5. El Deforma

Following Apple’s win in the mutual patent infringement case against Samsung,  the jury assessed one billion dollars in damages. Yahoo News was quick to report that Samsung paid Apple its $1bn fine by sending more than 30 trucks to Apple’s headquarters loaded with nickels. Unfortunately, Yahoo got the story from El Deforma, a Mexican news parody site. The Yahoo reporter failed to notice the tip of the day on the El Deforma site, which reads “Si vas a plagiar noticias, no uses un sitio de noticias falsas como fuente.” Or In English: “If you’re going to steal news, make sure not to use a fake news site as a source.”

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Bride Kidnapping: Why Wait?

Single men, are you stressed by dating? Is your wallet lean from expensive dates? Are you weary of sharing personal information and intimate feelings to woo your woman?Would you like to free all men from the stresses of dating, and renew male dominance in society?Consider the Central Asian practice of bride kidnapping!

It’s simple. First convince your relatives that bride kidnapping is the most honorable, economical way to secure a bride. Then seek the girl of your dreams. Maybe you already know her and she has rejected your friendship or even your marriage proposal. If you haven’t met her yet, find a beauty on the street or at a mall, or meet her at a party. No need to talk with her or court her—just discover where she lives, and wait until dark. While she’s dreaming of meeting the perfect man, sneak into her house and kidnap her. Have an escape car ready, and drive directly to your parents’ home.

With your relatives’ help to contain her kicking and screaming, force her into a back room and consummate the marriage. Keep her captive until she accepts that you are her ideal man. She’ll soon overlook your minor flaws of binge drinking, wife-beating, and frequent flings with other women.

With your relatives’ help to contain her kicking and screaming, force her into a back room and consummate the marriage. Keep her captive until she accepts that you are her ideal man. She’ll soon overlook your minor flaws of binge drinking, wife-beating, and frequent flings with other women. She’ll joyfully serve as slave to your mother and your older brothers’ wives, because soon she’ll no longer be the lowest slave—when your younger brother kidnaps his bride.

It really is quite simple. All you have to do is pay off the police and they’ll help you protect your prize—the woman who is rightfully yours. After all, bride kidnapping is a gallant tradition of which even Julius Caesar would approve: I came. I saw. I conquered.

Think of the positive effects on society. Men will regain their rightful place as rulers of their homes, and therefore of society and the world. Women will develop a healthy fear of men and become submissive and servile. What freedom! No more emotional sharing, no more expensive dates, no more upsetting equality. Men will rule with a righteous harsh hand. Their wives will always provide them food, sex and comfort, and the world will be a better place.

Bride kidnapping offers hope for a return to true manhood and a perfectly male-dominated society. Why wait?

With your relatives’ help to contain her kicking and screaming, force her into a back room and consummate the marriage. Keep her captive until she accepts that you are her ideal man. She’ll soon overlook your minor flaws of binge drinking, wife-beating, and frequent flings with other women.

This is the modern version of having comfort women. In East Asia, Japanese, as well as Korean Soldiers “order” Vietnam Comfort Women to satisfy their sexual pleasures. It is indeed a violation of human rights just like the kidnapping of brides. And this should be put into an end.

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a. http://www.newsweek.com/grab-and-run-1634
b. www.thegranitetower.com

Yes to Bullying

What would teachers do without bullying? Our school days would be boring, right? 32 hours of the school year is taken up by lectures about bullying. What would you do in that spare time? Well, the teachers would just give us more work. Fun. Also, bullying is a part of life. If you get bullied, oh well for you. After high school, it’s not like you’ll ever see the bully again. The bully most likely will end up in jail.

 

The best kinds of bullies are the kinds that make you feel bad about the way you look.
The best kinds of bullies are the kinds that make you feel bad about the way you look.

If someone bullies you, why not stand up? There need to be more fights after and during school. The more that people stand up, the more fights that will probably end up happening. And if people fight, it can lead to suspension. It all makes sense. People get in fights, people get suspended, they’re not in school…are you following? With less people in school, we can get a better education, because when there are fewer kids in the class, it’s easier to teach.
The best kinds of bullies are the kinds that make you feel bad about the way you look. If someone says your hair is to curly, your going to want to go and straiten it. So bullies are helping ugly people look better. That’s a really nice thing to do. With the help of a few bullies, we can make the world a prettier place to be.

 

Another reason to praise bullying is because bullies become famous. Characters such as Darth Vader from Star Wars, Sam from iCarly, Nelson from the Simpsons, Sue from Glee, and Jerry from Tom and Jerry are very famous. So if you encourage someone to become a bully, they to can be famous. You can tell them that if they’re bullies that they can become famous. It’s so true that there are many, many famous bullies, and in many cases, their bullying is encouraged.

The last reason is because bullying makes you stronger. Haven’t people ever heard the saying, “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?” It’s a great quote that leads you right back to bullying. If the bully doesn’t kill you, you’ll get stronger. Isn’t that what the world wants? Stronger people? Our country alone is way to obese and stronger people can lead to less obese people. Well I think it’s a great idea. So if bullying will give the world stronger, less obese people, then why not say “yes” to bullying. You may think that bullying is bad, but I say, “Say yes to bullying!”

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