[Air-L] the case for critical commons

Dana Rotman danarot at gmail.com
Fri Jan 22 13:35:43 PST 2010

The phenomenon of the Hitler memes has gained momentum in several other
languages as well, including Hebrew (there are more than 50 Hebrew memes on
YouTube currently). This, of course, caused a heated debate about the place
(or lack thereof) of such parodies in a country populated by
Holocaust survivors (see http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1065210.html).

It is, indeed, a very sensitive issue - but then again, the core of many
viral videos is that of a ridiculing and offending effect as a way of
gaining attention, and no better way to get that attention than honing in on
one of the most emotionally charged topics of the 20th century.

Based on the statistics provided by YouTube, as well as upload date, the
original meme that started the frenzy was probably the XBox video of 2007.
Yet with this list in mind, I think that Hitler's take on the scientific
review process is an excellent example of the ways different communities of
interest take this video excerpt and make it their own, using domain-related
terms and key figures.

~ Dana

Dana Rotman
PhD candidate
University of Maryland's iSchool

 Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 4:03 PM, Mathieu ONeil <mathieu.oneil at anu.edu.au>wrote:

> Come to think of it the Democratic primary wars occured two years ago, in
> northern spring 2008 - so depending on when these NFL playoffs occured it
> may well be that Hillary raging against her fate may be the first in the
> series...
> Regarding the director 'turning the sound down' I assumed when I read it
> that it was because he was getting a bit bored with the screamed dialogue
> after going through 145 detournements...?
> > My first time...
> >
> > Hitler was devastated to learn that the Dallas Cowboys had lost
> > to the
> > New York Giants in the NFL playoffs two years ago.  And it
> > still makes
> > me laugh.
> >
> > On 01/22/2010 12:09 PM, Mathieu ONeil wrote:
> > > The first time I saw it was Spring last year with the Furher
> > as Hillary Clinton ranting about superdelegates, Florida and
> > Ohio etc. Was that the first for others as well? Archaeology of
> > meme emergence...
> > >
> > > cheers
> > > m
> > >
> >
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