Nimrod Kamer, he of the fake Obama birth video and Finger Hashtag controversy, is back and better than ever. Last week, Gawker’s John Cooke posted a video “Must-Watch TED Talk On Monetizing Wikipedia,” in which Mr. Kamer discusses his business plan for making money off of lying about celebrities on their Wikis. “You should Wikipedia edit the change you want to see in the world,” Mr. Kamer tells his audience before giving an example involving “fashionista” Derek Blasberg (“He told me he was the voice of his generation. Or a voice of a generation…of the fashion generation,”) and The New York Observer.
Now Mr. Kamer has expanded his “TED(µ)” channel to include far more than just Wiki editing (a service he does, in fact, offer), and gave us an exclusive of Billie JD Porter (host of Channel 4′s The Joy of Teen Sex) performing “an exploratory dance that turns an internet meme phenomena back to its original GIF form.”
Yesterday we shed some doubt over whether social media satirist Nimrod Kamer’s “finger hashtag” story for Wired.uk was for real. Today, we got our answer.
Update: Or not!
Today’s big “So dumb I can’t believe it’s a real trend” trend comes courtesy of Wired’s U.K. website, in an article called “Brace yourselves for the proliferation of the ‘finger hashtag.’”
According to the piece’s author, who also provided seven pieces of photographic evidence, this new “trend” involves people “actually making the hashtag sign with their hands (using the index and middle fingers from both laid over each other) rather than saying ‘hashtag.’”
Which would be semi-outrageous (no more so than planking, surely) and sort of makes you hope that the people currently using this gesture are “killed in a fire,” as the story goes, except for one thing. This trend story is most likely a fake.