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What is WRONG with people??

guilty pleasures, People of WalmartSeriously…why do people go out looking the way they do sometimes? And why do they always seem to end up going to Walmart? That’s kind of the point behind one of the most entertaining guilty pleasures on the internet: People of Walmart.

guilty pleasures, People of WalmartFor those of you otherwise uninformed, People of Walmart is a website that has turned into (seriously) a satirical social commentary of the extraordinary sights found at North America’s favourite store.

People of Walmart started back in 2009 by three friends and roommates after an inspirational trip to Walmart. The rest, as they say, is history. The website has become not only one of the most popular guilty pleasures anywhere online, but it has expanded to include other avenues (this 2013 calendar, for example).

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guilty pleasures, People of WalmartAs they point out on their website, the People of Walmart aren’t trying to be serious a-holes…they’re simply trying to have some fun with the people who, for one reason or another, decide to go out in public looking the way they do.  As they state:

“We are trying to have some fun here and there is a difference between someone who is mentally challenged and a person who has a fu Manchu and is still rocking MC Hammer pants.”

guilty pleasures, People of WalmartAhhhh yes…MC Hammer. That’s another guilty pleasure for another day. In the meantime, I think you all realize that this isn’t a website that you’d normally view at work or in front of your family. Hence, it’s the very definition of an internet-based guilty pleasure.

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TMZ

Posted: July 31, 2011 in Internet
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Let’s face it…we all realize that TMZ is the lowest form of “journalism” you can find online.  At least it’s the lowest form you can find before the “journalists” being to make things up.

TMZ appears to have been created to make you, the NON-celebrity, feel better about yourself.

They insult celebrities…they mock celebrities…they post the worst pictures of celebrities…they ambush celebrities with their cameras…they appear to revel in ruining any respect that a celebrity may have.  And they do it all without apologies.  By all accounts we…as the general reading public…should be disgusted by this website.

But we’re not.

No, we’re drawn to TMZ like flies to manure.  We’re excited to see what the next scandal will be and how TMZ will analyze it and break it down.  We don’t normally believe news stories about celebrity deaths until TMZ has confirmed them. We can’t wait to hear about the tiniest detail about a celebrity’s life.

Obviously, there’s the question on whether or not this says more about us as people than it does about the website itself. When you think about it, is TMZ any different than the National Enquirer was back in their heyday in the 80’s? Probably not, but with the world in a different place now and everything available readily online, it just seems that the meaner TMZ (and other sites like Radar Online) gets, the more people flock to their site.

And what’s worse is that they publish stories on practically anything remotely related to celebrity.  I mean, do we really need to know how big a television or movie star’s on-set trailer is? Do we really need to know how a celebrity’s offspring needed to get bailed out of prison for a minor offense? Do we really need to see a picture of a celebrity mid-chewing of food so they look absolutely ridiculous?

Of course not.  But TMZ isn’t about “need”,  it’s about “want”.  And this, kids, is why it’s a guilty pleasure.  We really REALLY shouldn’t enjoy TMZ on almost any level, yet we do.  It’s one of the most popular websites in cyberspace…and we’re all to blame thank for that.

I really think a recent “Weird Al” Yankovic release says it best in a song called (aptly enough) TMZ:

You’re sort of famous
A minor celebrity
And so it only makes sense
The world would be
Obsessed with every
Single thing you do
They’re running ’round
With their camcorders in the night
They’re lurking patiently
And hoping that they just might
See something real embarrassing
You do
A bad hair day and sweat-stained T-shirt
That’s the story that
They’re gonna feature
With exclusive pics
Of your flabby behind
You think you’re all alone
But that’s right when you’ll find

A bunch of paparazzi
Popping out of nowhere
Cameras in your face
And then suddenly
You’re on TMZ
You’re on TMZ

Following you
When you’re walking down the street
And asking stupid questions
While you’re trying to eat
So you cover your face
Thinking to yourself
“Hey, isn’t this creepy?”

And they’re out there praying
You’ll have a big meltdown
And take ’em on a little car chase
Through this whole town
They’ll be there with you
When you’re going to jail
First on the scene
For every wardrobe fail

You just picked up some transvestite
Seconds later
It’s up on the website
Get a Vegas wedding
A quickie divorce
And they’ll be
Sneaking in
Snapping pictures, of course

And if they ever catch you
Picking your nose or
Storming down the street
On a drunken spree
You’re on TMZ

Stalking you, just waiting by your front door
Trailing you through
Airport security
They’re with TMZ

They’re with TMZ

Oh, let me tell you
It’s getting to the point
Where a famous person can’t
Even get a D.U.I
Or go on a racist rant
Those guys are all around
So you really shouldn’t dare
Go to every club in town
If you’ve flaunt your underwear

Seems that every single time
A star decides to shave their head
Or ram their car into a tree
They’re on TMZ

If they catch you peeing in the bushes
Later on, that night
Well, I guarantee
You’re on TMZ
You’re on TMZ

You’re on TMZ

Every single celebrity
Knows they’re gonna be

They’re on TMZ