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Andrew Wyrich

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 30, 2023   Updated on Jul 3, 2023, 12:07 am CDT

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

Happy Friday! Our top stories today are about: How Amazon’s ebook charts are full of AI-generated spam, why Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) used an image of her with an AR-15 at the Capitol to promote her podcast, the discourse surrounding the casting announcement of who will be the next Superman, and a series of stories about “The Internet’s Queer Era.” 

After that, our Culture Editor Tiffany Kelly has her “This Week on the Internet” column about the viral Grimace shake at McDonald’s, and shares with you her pick for meme of the week

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⚡ Today’s top stories

Amazon’s ebook charts are full of AI-generated spam

Authors are concerned that AI-generated ebooks may be gaming the system on Kindle Unlimited.


Marjorie Taylor Greene brings an AR-15 to the Capitol in latest podcast promotion

It’s definitely evocative.


The Internet’s Queer Era

In this series of stories, the Daily Dot explores how no matter where, the internet proves that queer people are never alone in our experiences, our hardships, and our joy.


‘The same guy, just different font’: ‘Superman: Legacy’ casting news highlights how similar Henry Cavill and David Corenswet look

David Corenswet is the latest to play the Man of Steel.


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🗣️ This Week on the Internet 

By Tiffany Kelly

Grimace in front of purple background with Grimace shake
@McDonalds/Twitter Grimace’s Birthday Meal (Big Mac®)/McDonald's (Licensed) Remix by Caterina Cox

I drank a Grimace shake and survived

In each edition of web_crawlr we have exclusive original content every day. On Fridays our Senior Culture Editor Tiffany Kelly recaps the most pressing online discourse of the week in her “This Week On The Internet” 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.

💰 This McDonald’s worker is going viral for sharing their reaction to a customer’s order that reached almost $70

💼 A worker, who was fired from her job for sleeping during work hours, recently posted a viral clip of herself reapplying to the same WFH job using her grandmother’s social security number.

🪑 Dairy Queen workers have to “sit” in imaginary seats because their workplace doesn’t supply chairs

💸 A Culver’s employee was shocked upon seeing her bi-weekly paycheck after working 18 hours a week for two consecutive weeks.

🪀 Keep calm and fidget on with the best fidget toys for active brains, hands, and even feet.

☕ If you’ve spent any time on TikTok, you already know: People have a lot of feelings about their coffee cups.

🍎 A former Apple employee is advising people not to buy iPhones right now — with a caveat that involves price matching.

📹 From the Daily Dot archive: Here’s how local governments are surveilling their workers

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📅 Meme of the Week

I’ve only lived in Barbie states, and that checks out.

barbie electoral map

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*First Published: Jun 30, 2023, 10:30 am CDT