Internet of Dreams

history and future, material and immaterial, real and imaginary, fiction and non: what does it matter when it's all internet?...
archive. about. by joanne mcneil (@jomc)

July 30, 2014 at 3:09pm
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I wrote that Amelia Bedelia edit in 2009, with my best friend Evan during our sophomore year of college. As he recalled when I called him later that evening, “we were stoned out of our minds” and had just come from the McDonald’s drive-thru to get chicken selects when we decided to edit Wikipedia pages for various semi-obscure children’s book authors. (I think we also did one for R.L. Stine, but Evan says no.)

It was total bullshit: We knew nothing about Amelia Bedelia or the author of the series, Peggy Parish, let alone that she’d been a maid in Cameroon or collected many hats. It was the kind of ridiculous, vaguely humorous prank stoned college students pull, without any expectation that anyone would ever take it seriously. “I feel like we sort of did it with the intention of seeing how fast it would take to get it taken down” by Wikipedia’s legion of editors, Evan says.

But apparently, it hadn’t been taken down at all. There it was, five and a half years later, being tweeted as fact by relatively well-known members of the New York City media establishment.

— I accidentally started a Wikipedia hoax

July 28, 2014 at 12:28pm
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Someone made a sweet little figurine of that mysterious StreetView creature. (via @curetencho @gohsuket) pic.twitter.com/hYDRPSpk7U (via Twitter / GammaCounter: Someone made a sweet little …)

(Half-cat, who was actually made in Photoshop and posted on internet message boards, was believed to be a Street View glitch)

Someone made a sweet little figurine of that mysterious StreetView creature. (via @curetencho @gohsuket) pic.twitter.com/hYDRPSpk7U (via Twitter / GammaCounter: Someone made a sweet little …)

(Half-cat, who was actually made in Photoshop and posted on internet message boards, was believed to be a Street View glitch)

11:30am
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‘Whoa if true’ has become a big joke for me,” says Business Insider politics reporter Brett LoGiurato, “but the circumstances surrounding its origin say a lot about our online discourse and reporting in the age of Twitter. There’s a rapid desire to express shock, outrage, or both at a particular piece of news.

— A brief history of ‘Whoa, if true’

July 27, 2014 at 7:38pm
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Reblogged from beyoncifymyboyfriend
beyoncifymyboyfriend:

canada’s wonderland with B

“breakups suck. you know what makes them easier? reimagining your happiest times together with none other than Queen B.”

beyoncifymyboyfriend:

canada’s wonderland with B

breakups suck. you know what makes them easier? reimagining your happiest times together with none other than Queen B.”

July 24, 2014 at 8:42pm
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(via Twitter / jimfenton: Internet password notebooks …)

Password journals

(via Twitter / jimfenton: Internet password notebooks …)

Password journals

July 17, 2014 at 5:04pm
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Igor Girkin, a Ukrainian separatist leader also known as Strelkov, claimed responsibility on a popular Russian social-networking site for the downing of what he thought was a Ukrainian military transport plane shortly before reports that Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 had crashed near the rebel held Ukrainian city of Donetsk. After news that emerged that a commercial airliner had been taken down and its 300 passengers and crew likely killed

Mr. Girkin reportedly erased his claims from his page on VKontakte, a Russian social media site that’s similar to Facebook.

The records of internet archive site The Wayback Machine (WM) appear to confirm that Girkin made such a claim and erased it soon thereafter.

— Web evidence points to pro-Russia rebels in downing of MH17 - CSMonitor.com

July 16, 2014 at 3:35pm
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(via I Was Hidden on This Guy’s Hard Drive for Over Six Years)

(via I Was Hidden on This Guy’s Hard Drive for Over Six Years)

July 15, 2014 at 8:35pm
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"Photoshop Request: My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children’s hospital. Since she was in the hospital her whole life we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo?"

"Photoshop Request: My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children’s hospital. Since she was in the hospital her whole life we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo?"

(Source: reddit.com)

July 12, 2014 at 5:00am
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(via 11 Lessons Learned From the Kim Kardashian Game — Vulture)

(via 11 Lessons Learned From the Kim Kardashian Game — Vulture)

July 7, 2014 at 5:00am
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(via Twitter / visitordesign: YIKES on dating in the age …)

YIKES magazine!

(via Twitter / visitordesign: YIKES on dating in the age …)

YIKES magazine!