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Andrew Wyrich

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 15, 2022   Updated on Aug 16, 2022, 6:33 am CDT

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

It’s Monday, which means it is time for our weekly “One Dumb Conspiracy” column from our Tech Reporter Mikael.

Besides that, we’ve got some key reports on LinkedIn users being furious over the FBI Mar-a-Lago raid (yes, really), an Amazon driver calling out the company’s worker surveillance, and everyone being sick of quippy one liners in media. 

Let’s get to it! See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

LinkedIn users are furious over the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid. Yes, that LinkedIn

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) search of former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago this week inspired a flurry of posts that swiftly went viral—on LinkedIn, of all places.


Amazon driver complains of surveillance cameras, says she’s ‘quitting’ because of how they treat drivers

An Amazon delivery driver says she is “quitting” her job, complaining about the surveillance cameras in her van and about being asked to “do someone else’s work” in a now-viral TikTok.


Why everyone is sick of Joss Whedon-style quips

When the trailer for Square Enix’s Forspoken arrived with a barrage of quippy one-liners, audiences were underwhelmed.


Chris Pratt courts controversy with Instagram post about ‘woke critics’

Pratt’s Instagram post framed his new show ‘The Terminal List’ as a victim of left-wing critics.


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🔍 One Dumb Conspiracy

By Mikael Thalen

A large fire in a crop field next to a comment blaming the governmentRob and Stephanie Levy
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Conspiracy theorists keep claiming that the government is purposely burning food crops

In each edition of web_crawlr we have exclusive original content every day. On Mondays our Tech Reporter Mikael Thalen debunks the most wild conspiracy theories swirling around the web in his “One Dumb Conspiracy” column. If you want to read columns like this before everyone else, subscribe to web_crawlr to get your daily scoop of internet culture delivered straight to you inbox.

🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🗣️ A couple at a bar yelled at a TikToker for talking on FaceTime near them. The TikToker’s video of the incident has already garnered 3 million views

⛽ A gas station worker’s video claiming that everyone at the station—including the manager—quit has attracted a ton of attention online

💰 In a viral video, a woman shared how she received a 20 percent salary increase by changing her job, sparking a debate about job hopping

🎮 G4 is back! Here’s how you can stream the relaunched gaming network dedicated to everything video games, comedy, creators, and culture.

☕ How’s this for a first week on the job? A barista claimed that she showed up on her third day on the job and was by herself. After not being able to handle the rush by themselves, they made themselves a matcha and walked out

🚗 A Walmart AutoCare worker went viral after issuing a PSA to customers who get impatient when check-out counters are empty. 

🥝 Dixie D’Amelio shared the details of her latest partnership and music video. If you want more stories like this, subscribe to the Passionfruit newsletter.

💌 This TikToker is going viral for sharing the best dating advice he received from a baby boomer

 🌐 Is there a First Amendment right to assemble in the metaverse

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👋 Before you go

In a video that already has been viewed 1.6 million times, a TikToker allegedly has an interaction with a “Karen” at a sushi restaurant where she threatened to call the cops. Apparently she was mad that the TikToker “aggressively squealed” his car tires in the parking lot. 

karen talking to man arm up caption 'Karen's feelings got hurt When we 'aggressively squealed are tires in the parking lot' (l) man raising am caption 'Pt 2 Karen freak out' (c) karen talking to man arm up caption 'Karen's feelings got hurt When we 'aggressively squealed are tires in the parking lot' (r)
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*First Published: Aug 15, 2022, 12:00 pm CDT