GOOD

4Chan Trolls ISIS by Photoshopping Rubber Duckies Over All Their Propaganda Footage

Meme-minded internet users take a quack—er, crack at the slick propaganda the terrorist group has become known for.

Image via Imgur

There’s a new weapon in the fight against terrorist group ISIS: rubber ducks.


Granted, the squeaky bath toys may not be as effective at eliminating enemy combatants as standard munitions, nor as successful at curtailing ISIS’s extensive digital communications capacity as ongoing cyber-espionage efforts, but they have turned the typically fearsome terrorist network into an online laughingstock, and taken a bite out of the group’s reputation as masters of digital propaganda.

The campaign to duck-ify ISIS imagery reportedly comes from the message boards on 4Chan, the anarchic, anonymous breeding ground for some of the internet’s most recognizable—and oftentimes astonishingly offensive—memes, trends, and practical jokes (LOLcats and rickrolling are on the more family-friendly side of things, with Gamergate and 2014’s celebrity photo hacking scandal on the other end of the spectrum). There, an anonymous poster kicked things off with a simple, absurd request:

Image via Imgur

What followed was an outpouring of photoshopped pictures—many of which have collected in this Imgur album—each more, er, fowl than the last.

Some people went for the obvious, superimposing rubber ducky pictures over the faces of ISIS militants:

via Imgur

via Imgur

Others took it a step further, modifying not only the ISIS members themselves, but the group’s infamous flag as well:

via Imgur

via Imgur

Some even took the opportunity to poke fun at media coverage of the terrorist group:

via Imgur

According to The Guardian, the duck-iffication took off after being shared from 4Chan onto Reddit, with hundreds of memes being created as a result.

4Chan’s effort to fight terror with memes comes on the heels of two other grassroots efforts to take on the extremist group in cyberspace. In mid-November, members of the hacktivist collective known as Anonymous (itself an offspring of 4Chan) began coordinated efforts to expose the online presence of ISIS after the terrorist attacks on Paris. Also following those attacks, Belgian citizens took to Twitter to share pictures of vigilant felines as their country’s authorities effectively placed Brussels on lockdown during a days-long search for suspected terrorist operatives.

[via independent]

Articles
via WFMZ / YouTube

John Perez was acquitted on Friday, February 21, for charges stemming from an altercation with Allentown, Pennsylvania police that was caught on video.

Footage from September 2018 shows an officer pushing Perez to the ground. After Perez got to his feel, multiple officers kicked and punched him in an attempt to get him back on the ground.

Perez claims he was responding to insults hurled at him by the officers. The police say that Perez was picking a fight. The altercation left Perez with a broken nose, scrapes, swelling, and bruises from his hips to his shoulder.

Keep Reading
Communities
via Affinity Magazine / Twitter

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of rape in the third degree and criminal sexual acts in the first degree in New York City.

The jury was unanimous in its convictions as well as two not-guilty verdicts on predatory sexual assault charges involving actress Annabella Sciorra.

The Miramax co-founder may spend the rest of his natural life behind bars.

Keep Reading
Culture
via Wallace and Gromit

Most of the animation you see these days is done by computers. It seems that we see fewer and fewer films made with stop-motion animation, a time-consuming art where objects are manipulated and photographed 24 times per second to create the illusion of motion.

Keep Reading
Culture