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Culture Watch: Fail

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If you’re one of those people who surfs the internet solely for the purpose for checking your ‘electronic mail’ and looking up the weather, then you are probably unfamiliar with the web fascination/amusement with FAIL. And if you’re going to spend much time here on the internet, you may as well get to know it a little better.

Think of FAIL as the internet community’s special brand of satire. I have yet to completely understand it as I have yet to understand other nuances of internet culture. For example, on popular social bookmarking sites (where users submit content and other users vote for it if they like it) often times you’ll see a handful of items about the latest video games, films and Linux deployments, some pro-Obama (or earlier on in the election cycle Ron Paul) items, a few things about how the GOP is ruining the world and then a picture of a kitten snuggling a baby duckling. As much as I don’t understand it, internet culture proves most times very amusing. One component of this culture is pointing out when things fail. And it’s nearly always hilarious. Here are some classic examples.
































(I love this one.)

Whereas we used to rely on pundits and public figures to point out the ridiculous things that people do and how absurd life tends to be; it’s only appropriate for individuals to do the same now that the internet has given us all a larger platform to speak from. And that means it’s so much harder to keep our own stupidity private than it used to.

FAIL is so much more concise than saying to one’s self, ‘Oh my, look at the irony of this situation.’ But it’s completely applicable to all situations. It’s not necessarily better but it’s another way to say the same thing, and it’s not like the world isn’t giving us enough material to work with.

Credit goes to for the images.

Next time: Lolcats

And a few more for the road.









































Written by canasian

July 15, 2008 at 3:47 pm

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  1. I follow your posts for a long time and should tell that your posts are always valuable to readers.

    Ted Burrett

    April 24, 2009 at 4:27 am

  2. bush=FAIL


    April 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm

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