Monday, August 11, 2008

Barack Rollin

Hat Tip: Croydonian


Anonymous said...

I saw this in the Guardian today. funny.

Barack Obama channels Rick Astley
Forget ads attacking McCain. The Democrats should just run this video, nationwide, because it's excellent.
August 11, 2008 9:00 AM

One could soliloquize at length about what the video below has to say about the way in which the notion of celebrity has come to dominate this election season. One could explain, for those who don't know, the long-running internet joke to which it refers. But there comes a time in every man's life when it is necessary simply to post a video in which Barack Obama's speeches have been edited in order to make it look like he is singing along to Never Gonna Give You Up, by Rick Astley. And that time is now. [The Margins of Error]"

Anonymous said...

"Rickrolling From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Redirected from Rickroll)

Rickrolling is an Internet meme involving the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up". The meme is a bait and switch: a person provides a Web link they claim is relevant to the topic at hand, but the link actually takes the user to the Astley video. The URL can be masked or obfuscated in some manner so that the user cannot determine the true source of the link without clicking (and thus satisfying their curiosity). When a person clicks on the link given and is led to the web page he/she is said to have been "Rickrolled". By extension, it can also mean playing the song loudly in public in order to be disruptive.[1]

The practice began as a variant of an earlier prank originating from the imageboard 4chan called duckrolling,[2] in which a link to somewhere (such as a specific picture or news item) would instead lead to a thread or site containing a photoshopped picture of a duck with wheels. The user at that point, is said to have been "Duckrolled". The first instance of Rickroll occurred on the site's video game board, where a link to the Rick Astley video was claimed to be a mirror of the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV (which was unavailable due to heavy traffic).[3] The joke was confined to 4chan for a very brief period.

By May 2008,[4] the practice had spread beyond 4chan and become an Internet phenomenon, eventually amassing some coverage in the mainstream media.[5][6][1] An April 2008 poll by SurveyUSA estimated that at least 18 million American adults have been rickrolled.[7]"

Anonymous said...

Gordon Brown, if you've watched this, then don't, just DON'T, even think about it!. OK?