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Andrew Wyrich

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 11, 2022   Updated on Aug 12, 2022, 6:53 am CDT

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Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr

Our top stories today are about America’s Next Top Model discourse, Facebook, an Indeed horror story, and the origins of the ‘Dark Brandon‘ meme. 

Plus, we’ve got our weekly “Dirty Delete” column from our Politics Reporter Claire. 

Let’s get to it. See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

‘PLUS SIZE????!!’: 2003 ‘America’s Next Top Model’ clip sparks debate about body image

Tyra Banks is an iconic internet figure, and America’s Next Top Model has provided years of meme material. But we’re reassessing early aughts pop culture, and a clip from the long-running show is being dissected (again).


Facebook handed over a teen’s DMs to police, who then arrested her for having an abortion

Police in Nebraska charged a 17-year-old and her mother after obtaining Facebook messages.


TikToker shares Indeed job horror story, prompting discussion about unsafe working conditions

A TikToker shares the job he got “mixing chemicals” on Indeed, prompting other users to share their own experiences working for jobs they applied to on the popular online job board.


Chinese propaganda or Nazi imagery? Dark Brandon memes face disputed origins

The Dark Brandon’s meme origin story came under scrutiny.


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🗳️ Dirty Delete

By Claire Goforth

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🍗 A woman says Zaxby’s served her fried paper with her order of fried chicken

☕ This barista says her job lied to her about the reason it fired her. 

🏢 A young woman’s video about working at Staples has drawn more than 742,000 views on TikTok, where viewers are chiming in with reasons they did or did not like working there.

🥝 Ninja shares his best advice for aspiring creators. If you want more stories like this, subscribe to the Passionfruit newsletter.

💡 Make tonight the Cage of Enlightenment with the top 10 must-watch Nicolage Cage movies you can stream right now.

👩‍⚕️ A nurse is going viral for saying healthcare workers aren’t willing to deal with monkeypox patients

👗 A microinfluencer says a brand asked her to style a look from her own wardrobe for free

🙅‍♀️ This TikToker is going viral for explaining why men saying they are “consultants” is a dating red flag

🏳️‍🌈 Here’s how a Sims 2 fan forum became an unwitting safe space for queer creatives. 

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👋 Before you go

A TikToker and former human resources worker’s video about what it is like to work under a millennial-aged manger went viral and sparked a conversation about the generational gap in work flexibility attitudes

woman at laptop speaking caption 'Telling your millennial manager about your plan for the week' ''I have an appointment so I'm leaving early today' (l) woman at laptop speaking caption 'Telling your millennial manager about your plan for the week' ''I have PTO next week so I'm going to miss the staff meeting'' (c) woman at laptop speaking caption 'Telling your millennial manager about your plan for the week' ''I'm pplanning to bring my laptop on vacation in case you need anything'' (r)

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*First Published: Aug 11, 2022, 12:00 pm CDT