While You Were Offline: Beyoncé Is Having Twins and the Internet Is Having a Cow

Big news: Beyoncé is pregnant. This would send the Internet into a frenzy under any circumstances, but during a week when there was another explosive bit a of news every 10 minutes, Queen Bey’s Instagram announcement quickly diverted everyone from a moment of panic to one of collective joy. Even better, she’s having twins, which means finally we have another Star Wars meme to go alongside the Carrie Fisher is the leader of the Resistance one that’s been going around for a while. Meanwhile, a Twitter hashtag helped Uber lose 200,000 customers and might have pushed the CEO of the company to drop out of President Donald Trump’s business advisory council. Oh, and Trump has also seemingly declared war on Arnold Schwarzenegger. What even is this world? Let’s find out together in this round-up of things you might have missed on the world weird web over the past seven days.

#TrumpBlackHistory

What Happened: President Trump doesn’t seem to have the strongest grip on history. Thankfully, Twitter found the funny side.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter
What Really Happened: Can we talk about President Trump’s amazing speech earlier this week to launch Black History Month?

Actually, let’s let Late Night with Seth Meyers’ Amber Ruffin do it for us:

Thankfully, even as the lame stream media acted as if it was a disaster, Twitter managed to see the funny side, spinning off into the bizarre history of alternative facts that the president might actually believe about black history:

The Takeaway: It’s funny, you see, because the alternative is to take it seriously, and that’s just heartbreaking. Still, there was one upside from the whole thing, if you look at it the right way:

Sure, But Which Woman?

What Happened: Funny story: A sexist comment reportedly made by President Trump led to a social media uprising. But we expected it would, right?
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: The leaks coming out of the White House since Trump took office have been plentiful: We’ve been told by anonymous sources that he has to have screen time regulated by staff, that he really can’t do diplomacy well, and, according to one report on Thursday, that he “liked the women who work for him ‘to dress like women,’” which… yeah. The report went on to say, “We hear that women who worked in Trump’s campaign field offices—folks who spend more time knocking on doors than attending glitzy events—felt pressure to wear dresses to impress Trump.”

It’s exactly the kind of sexist narrative that people expected, which meant that it got all kinds of attention. Twitter, of course, couldn’t leave it alone either, creating the hashtag #DressLikeAWoman to respond:

The Takeaway: Let’s look to style icon Katherine Hepburn for the final word on this one, shall we?

Maybe It’s a Band Name, Like the Brian Jonestown Massacre

What Happened: When is a terrorist attack not a terrorist attack? When it never happened, obviously. Did you hear that, Kellyanne Conway?
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: Hey, remember when Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway talked about “alternative facts” as a way to avoid admitting that Press Secretary Sean Spicer had lied to the press? Turns out, she practices what she preaches; in an MSNBC interview this week, Conway cited the “Bowling Green Massacre” as a reason why it’s important to fight back against terrorists with things like the executive order on immigration. Funny story! There’s no such thing as the Bowling Green Massacre.

You bet that the media was quick quick to point out that Conway had invented a fake attack to defend the administration, but Twitter wanted to get to the bottom of things.

The Takeaway: Although Conway would later try to explain that she just misspoke, but there are those who remain braced for the next wave in the ongoing war between the current administration and its stated opposition:

Jar-Jar Binks Comes Out of Hiding

What Happened: Just when you didn’t expect it, Jar-Jar Binks returned to the Internet this week, in the most unexpected place.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: Ah, the Drudge Report! Famed bastion of post-truth in a world that has finally come around to its way of thinking! If you can make it there, you’ll make it anyw—wait. What’s that on the front page?

To no one’s surprise, the return of Jar-Jar made headlines. Confused, concerned headlines. Has anyone checked in on Ahmed Best?
The Takeaway: Really, we all thought we were doing OK before this news broke, let’s be honest.

Someone Ask Keanu Reeves, Just to Be Sure

What Happened: It was the meeting of two of the buzziest Twitter accounts when the ACLU turned to Merriam-Webster for help.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened: This one doesn’t need a lot of explanation, as it unfolded on Twitter in pretty much real time. All you really need to know is that, in light of current events, the American Civil Liberties Union is receiving a boost in attention and donations. Which led to the tweet that started the whole thing off.

Ah, yes; checking with the Merriam-Webster Twitter account, which is itself undergoing a significant boost in attention these days. How would it weigh in on the topic?

So, now we know—and have a meet-cute moment for two of Twitter’s most media-friendly accounts of the moment. A little light entertainment for once! And just when you thought it was over…

Seriously, this is far too cute.
The Takeaway: Well… yeah. (Oh, and just to tie it back to an earlier topic!)

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source : https://www.wired.com/2017/02/internet-week-105/

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