Contra Chrome: A Biting Satire of Google’s 2008 Chrome Comic (The New Stack)

The New Stack: Contra Chrome: A Biting Satire of Google’s 2008 Chrome Comic. “For those of us old enough to remember Web 2.0 in its heyday, one of the classic ‘texts’ of that era was the Chrome comic book, which was released in September 2008 at the same time the first version of the Chrome browser was launched. As a tech blogger at the time, I was lucky enough to receive a paper copy of the comic, which I still have on my bookshelf to this day. Well, this week I got a surprise when I discovered a new online ‘remix’ of that comic.”

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.

Techdirt: Hey The North Face! When You Said Sending Us A Bogus Trademark Threat Was A Mistake, We Believed You; So Why Did You Do It Again?

Techdirt: Hey The North Face! When You Said Sending Us A Bogus Trademark Threat Was A Mistake, We Believed You; So Why Did You Do It Again?. “Nine years ago, someone Photoshopped a fake patch parodying The North Face logo, with one that said ‘Hey Fuck Face.’ They posted it to Flickr. You guys lost your shit and filed a bogus takedown notice on this obvious parody that was not being used in commerce in anyway. But, much worse, nine years later, you had your ‘brand protection’ company send us — a news organization — an even more bogus takedown for our reporting on it.”

New York Times: Birds Aren’t Real, or Are They? Inside a Gen Z Conspiracy Theory.

New York Times: Birds Aren’t Real, or Are They? Inside a Gen Z Conspiracy Theory.. “It might smack of QAnon, the conspiracy theory that the world is controlled by an elite cabal of child-trafficking Democrats. Except that the creator of Birds Aren’t Real and the movement’s followers are in on a joke: They know that birds are, in fact, real and that their theory is made up. What Birds Aren’t Real truly is, they say, is a parody social movement with a purpose.”

NCSU Technician: Parody Instagram accounts take NC State by storm

NCSU Technician: Parody Instagram accounts take NC State by storm. “A plethora of new Instagram accounts have popped up since the start of the semester, such as @ncsu_grubflubs. Despite having the idea as a freshman, the third-year student running the account didn’t create it until two weeks ago. @ncsu_grubflubs posts pictures of abandoned GrubHub tickets, which brings ‘lots of laughs and encourages clean up.’”

Phys.org: The misappropriation of the identities of famous people on Twitter

Phys.org: The misappropriation of the identities of famous people on Twitter. “Basing itself on the approaches of discourse analysis and sociocultural pragmatics, [Ana] Mancera has made a linguistic study of 5,030 messages published on more than 50 Twitter profiles, all of which were parodic in nature and which were written in the guise of figures of social importance. These were grouped into different categories according to the area of the parodied subject—for example, politics, the communications media, sport, royalty, etc.”

The Verge on Parody Twitter Accounts

The Verge looks at parody Twitter accounts. “These accounts are generally places where joyful, intermittently ironic tribute is paid to the people or objects that make up popular culture. But dig a little deeper into Twitter’s dustier corners, and you’ll find a huge, interconnected, bafflingly popular collection of fan-made parody accounts — a strange cousin to the Twitter fan club, where celebrities and brands are assimilated, rather than fawned over.”