Mashable: What the hell is the Omegaverse, and why is it all over TikTok? “The phrase has been part of fanfiction communities for the better part of the last decade, but it gained mainstream traction on TikTok in the past month. The tag #Omegaverse has over 357 million views on TikTok, and corresponding keywords like alpha, omega, and beta have racked up views in the millions as well….With excruciating self-awareness, here is an explainer on the Omegaverse for a hapless millennial trying to understand yet another TikTok trend.” Lots of sexual content, though probably not in a way that will trip a Web filter. I found myself giggling a lot.
Boing Boing: Download these free D&D character sheets designed to help players with dyslexia. “Redditor Inuyasharuls is a Dungeon Master who runs campaigns for several players with dyslexia. With help from another Redditor and gamer, Axelle123, they created this colorful character sheet alternative, using Comic Sans instead of the standard font found on D&D materials, to make life easier for everyone. Or, well, maybe not everyone, but still for some people.”
Slate: A Biologist Explains Why She and 1.8 Million Others Are Role-Playing as Ants on Facebook. “Since early March, a private Facebook group titled simply ‘A group where we all pretend to be ants in an ant colony’ has attracted more than 1.8 million members. The premise is as bizarre as it is self-explanatory: People join the group and act like ants. That’s it. That’s the whole idea. Originally founded in June 2019, the group had a modest following until social distancing rules went into effect earlier this year, sending the numbers skyrocketing. Once accepted by the moderators, users role-play as ants in a variety of ways, posting from the imagined perspective of members of a vast and collaborative colony.”
The Guardian: Meet the millennials pretending to be baby boomers on Facebook. “Posting typos and non sequiturs is harmless, revealing a user’s unfamiliarity with the conversational conventions of social media, and perhaps an inexpert command of keyboards. Yet, as indicated by the skyrocketing popularity of a new Facebook group called ‘A group where we all pretend to be boomers,’ in which members of Generations X through Z adopt boomer-ish affectations for fun, they can also be amusing.” Oh sure, it’s fun now. Just wait, millennials, in 30 years you’ll be constantly plugging in your VR sockets upside down and Generation Mutant will post looping XR videos all over your house of you doing it. And don’t come crying to me when that happens.
Quartz: Instagram’s “digital kidnappers” are stealing children’s photos and making up new lives. “When parents share their latest family outing or their kid’s adorable new outfit with friends and family, they may also be sharing with strangers. And some of those strangers, it turns out, use those photos to create online fantasy worlds. It’s called digital kidnapping.”