Vogue Business: Hacks and roasts: Inside the new social media currency. “Hacks, where TikTok users share tips and tricks for efficiency or creativity; and roasts, a form of insult comedy in which someone is mocked, usually playfully, are thriving on the app and going viral. Brands are finding themselves involved in both — whether they like it or not. While some luxury and fashion labels might prefer to keep a distance, not least to maintain a well-protected aspirational status, others are eagerly jumping in, dishing their own comedic responses and launching collaborations with unexpected partners.”
Vox: One Good Thing: An unsolicited dik-dik pic . “Few experiences are more jarring than opening your phone to find an image of genitalia that you didn’t request — an unsolicited dick pic. Such an occurrence is diametrically opposite, I’d argue, to getting an unsolicited dik-dik pic. Dik-diks are tiny antelopes that are no larger than an overfed house cat.”
Washington Post: What’s so funny about a Russian invasion?. “Since the Kremlin’s attack began in February, Ukraine’s official Twitter account, @Ukraine, has been poking fun at the invader, even as it highlights the brutalities Russia is inflicting upon the country. Why? Wars are ugly and certainly no laughing matter. But Ukraine’s approach isn’t new. According to a 2017 NATO strategic communications study, Ukraine has used memes, caricatures, parodies and satirical TV shows as buffers against the Kremlin’s propaganda since the annexation of Crimea. The post-invasion tweets are a continuation of that counter-propaganda campaign.”
Cracked: If Internet Service Providers Were Honest | Honest Ads (CenturyLink, Comcast, Cox Parody) (Video)
Another savage, enraging-but-funny video from Cracked: If Internet Service Providers Were Honest | Honest Ads (CenturyLink, Comcast, Cox Parody). “What if Internet Service Providers like Centurylink, Comcast, and Cox were actually honest about how horrifically terrible they are? Roger Horton investigates.” All sources cited in the video are included in the description.
XKCD: Rapid Test Results . This is a cartoon, and moreover it’s an XKCD cartoon so there’s no way I can do it justice. Just click on it. Of course, if you’re reading this on the Web and I’m not trying to keep a plain text newsletter plain text, I can just put the cartoon here. You’ll still have to hit the link for the Alt text, though.