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Blinking white guy: The story behind the meme that’s gone viral

Blinking white guy: The story behind the meme that’s gone viral

Technology
By Tom Acres, technology reporter When people on social media want to react to something they see with incredulity, they normally seek out a meme known as the blinking white guy.He has become a cornerstone of internet culture for millions - yet few people know his story, nor how he reached the dizzying heights of meme fame. For the past two-and-a-half years, Drew Scanlon has pretty much been the official face of "what the f***?". Recalling the moment that would become the stuff of internet legend, he recalled: "I don't remember doing it at all."It was one joke in a two-hour stream that we did every week, and a very forgettable moment for me at the time." Advertisement ...
Joker film: ‘daring’ yet ‘pernicious’ origin story divides critics

Joker film: ‘daring’ yet ‘pernicious’ origin story divides critics

Entertainment
A new film exploring the origins of DC comic book villain The Joker has left many critics grinning from ear to ear - but not all of them are amused.The Guardian called Joker "gloriously daring", while Total Film said it was "challenging [and] subversive".Joaquin Phoenix's lead performance has been variously described as "fearsome", "astonishing" and "mesmerising".According to another reviewer, though, the film is guilty of "aggressive and possibly irresponsible idiocy".Director Todd Phillips, writes Time magazine's Stephanie Zacharek, "may want us to think he's giving us a movie all about the emptiness of our culture"."But really," she continues, "he's just offering a prime example of it". First look at Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Ph...

Don’t Catch Falling Knives: The JCPenney Story

Finance
[unable to retrieve full-text content]In this week s episode of IF Consumer Goods host Dylan Lewis and Motley Fool analyst Dan Kline explain why JCPenney NYSE JCP is doomed and why Nike s NYSE NKE shoe subscription service will probably be a home run JCPenney s much discussed turnaround hasn Latest Articles in
Amazon at 25: The story of a giant

Amazon at 25: The story of a giant

Business
"There's no guarantee that Amazon.com can be a successful company. What we're trying to do is very complicated," said Jeff Bezos in 1999, just five years after launching the online firm.That the firm's founder was so uncertain of its future seems surprising.Today, 25 years on from when it started, Amazon is one of the most valuable public companies in the world, with Mr Bezos now the world's richest man, thanks to his invention.What started as an online book retailer has become a global giant, with membership subscriptions, physical stores, groceries for sale, its own smart devices and a delivery system which can get things to customers in just an hour. So how has the Amazon empire been built? ...
Michael Jackson: The story of the troubled star’s final day, 10 years on

Michael Jackson: The story of the troubled star’s final day, 10 years on

Entertainment
News of a medical emergency involving Michael Jackson started filtering through at around 22:00 BST on Thursday 25 June 2009.I know because I was on my way to watch cheesy 90s boy band East 17 in the Dance Tent at the Glastonbury Festival. They were a warm-up act the day before the event properly began.My editor called. Michael Jackson might have been rushed to hospital. He might be in a coma. That was according to TMZ, which was gaining a reputation for celebrity scoops.But no-one knew if it was true. Strange stories about the King of Pop often bubbled up. A few weeks earlier, it had been reported that he had skin cancer, which was later denied.Even so, I turned around and headed back to the dusty backstage cabin I had just been...