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A Fake Vine 2 App is Fooling the Internet

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Fake "Vine" comeback

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Fake "Vine" comeback

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In October of 2016, it was announced that the popular mobile app, Vine, would be shutting down. Twitter bought the video-sharing service back and 2012 and ultimately made the decision to delete it.

The end of Vine sparked overwhelming outcry from the public, with people creating petitions and sending angry letters to Twitter in hopes that the social media giant would bring Vine back. But Twitter refused to relent and the Vine app was shut down in early 2017.

Though Twitter rejected to listen to the public, Dom Hofman, one of the founders of Vine, did not. Hofman announced that he was going to make a second vine app, called “V2”, tweeting, “I’m going to work on a follow-up to Vine. I’ve been feeling it myself for some time and have seen a lot of tweets, dms, etc.”

There was a roar of excitement from former Vine users after Hofman’s big announcement. People were very eager to be able to create more vines.

Unfortunately, On May 4, Hofman tweeted that the second Vine would be postponed for “an indefinite amount of time.” He explained that financial and legal difficulties were the reason for the halt in production.

Recently, a company called ‘VidWorld Labs AB’ created a Vine-style app called V2. Many people downloaded it thinking it was the official second Vine as it had the same name as the app that the vine creators were working on. The internet was buzzing, with everyone discussing the return of Vine on Twitter and Instagram. Even former Vine stars were downloading the fraudulent app and posting on social media about it.

Shortly after the fake Vine 2 came out, the real V2 app released a statement on Twitter, saying “Unfortunately, we are not currently in the app store. That is an impersonation.” They also went on to explain that when released, “V2” will no longer be the app’s name.

The fake V2 only permitted users to sign up using their Facebook or Instagram accounts. Now that it has been confirmed that V2 is not the real Vine sequel, many are worried that their login info to these accounts is being used for the wrong reasons.

March’s Spicy Memes

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  1. Evil Patrick: This meme surfaced late February to early March, predominantly on twitter. The “Evil Patrick” meme is a screen grab from an episode of Sponge Bob, and Patrick Star’s eyes are photoshopped upside down, giving him a menacing appearance. Captions for this meme mostly relate to an intentional menacing act that is about to be performed. The spiciness level of this meme is 4/5 habanero peppers for the versatility of the original picture and the wide variety of captions. 
  2. Drake and Josh Door Meme: This meme also popped up in late February on Twitter. The background is from the Nickelodeon show Drake and Josh specifically the episode where  they build a tree house. After completing the main walls for the tree house, Drake forgets to bring a saw to cut a door hole, not realizing this until after they put it up. Josh astonished his step brother could make such a stupid mistake gives him a dumbfounded look. Spiciness level is 3/5 habanero peppers, what counted against this meme is the lack of flexibility of it. 
  3. Double D’s Book of Facts: This meme has actually been around for awhile, but has started picking up popularity like never before recently. It is prominent on Instagram. The show where the screenshot originated from is Cartoon Network’s Ed, Edd, and Eddy. The picture is of Edd, also known as Double D, holding up his “Book of Facts” with a manic look on his face. Spiciness level for this bad boy is 4/5 because of how it can tie into other memes, or just be flat out shocking. 
  4. God’s Plan Starts Playing Meme: This is a screen grab from the music video of rapper Drake’s single God’s Plan. This meme gained popularity over Twitter in the past week, and is used to show extreme gratification over most of the time a small kind act. Spiciness level is 2/5 for low impact uses. 

How this Generation Connects over Absurd Humor

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From Rick and Morty to the Simpsons, morbidity and absurd humor has been apart of our culture for decades. Recently this type of humor has become increasingly important to our culture.

Part of the reason for this growth is the massive access that each person has to the internet. When platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter first came out people learned how to over-share. Now, ten years later, people are able to make livings off of oversharing on YouTube and Instagram.

Unfortunately, or fortunately if you are a fan of this morbid and rated R humor, the most popular of these social media stars tend to be the ones who are willing to do the most insane, dangerous activities and film them.

A prominent YouTuber, Filthy Frank is the epitome of vile, absurd, and insensitive humor. However inappropriate Filthy Frank’s content may be, he still gains millions of views on each of his gory and ironically racist videos.

Along with this provocative humor, there are many parts of internet culture that is indecipherable and unwelcome to adults. One of these things being memes. Yes, there are adults who falsely believe that they understand memes, but this belief is refuted by the wide spread use of rage comics by adults.

In reality memes are ever changing, inconsistent, and very niche. To understand memes a person must be constantly immersing theirselves in internet culture. The truth is that the teenagers of today are using the internet enough to be apart of this culture and to understand this culture that their parents can’t.

One of the most recent memes that falls under the absurd but appropriate classification is “de wae.” This started circulating around the beginning of January and was insanely popular among Durant students. There is no reasonable explanation to why this meme was so funny to students but still, references were made continuously for two weeks before it died in mid-January.

As this year continues it will be interesting to see if this humor will grow more intense and dangerous or if will slowly die out.

About the Writer
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Hailey Reyes, Editor-in-Chief of Writing & Design

Hailey Reyes is a former staff writer, and former Editor-in-Chief of Writing and Design for the PawPrint Newspaper. Hailey graduated from Durant in 2019. 

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