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10 Hilarious Posts From Advertising's Funniest Instagrammer

10 Hilarious Posts From Advertising's Funniest Instagrammer | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
You might think Instagram is all about photography. Not so, says David Kolbusz.


"Instagram is a writer's medium," the creative director declares at the top of his feed. And he makes a good case for that with his posts—a hodgepodge of everyday shots brought to life with hilariously twisted, ranty, profanity-laced captions. 


Kolbusz frequently tees off on society's ills, harboring a particular distaste for idiotic technological "advancements." (Recent recurring targets include selfie sticks and hoverboards.) But some of the best posts are almost like short stories, as Kolbusz invents a whole ludicrous backstory to the image presented. Check out a handful of our favorite posts below....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Here's what Instagram can be if you're creative.

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bitshorologium's comment, January 5, 11:19 PM
nice
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4 Reasons Ashton Kutcher's Buzzfeed Ripoff Site Is Insane

4 Reasons Ashton Kutcher's Buzzfeed Ripoff Site Is Insane | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Here's an improbable piece of news: Ashton Kutcher's website, A+, was caught stealing content from BuzzFeed, a website so pockmarked with plagiarism craters that it looks like some sort of douchebag moon. The Kutcher-owned vanity blog has also been lifting its content from Huffington Post, which, like BuzzFeed, is a website that specializes in reposting content from other websites. It's just a big fat circle of nobody doing any real work....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Welcome to your Sunday funnies from Cracked. A+ is sorta like curators curating aggregators curating plagiarists. Internet deja vu all over again. Highly recommended reading 10/10

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Downworthy: A browser plugin to turn hyperbolic viral headlines into what they really mean

Downworthy: A browser plugin to turn hyperbolic viral headlines into what they really mean | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

We've all seen them - the clickbait headlines that websites like Buzzfeed, ViralNova and UpWorthy use to drive traffic, especially through social networks. Even Huffington Post has jumped on the bandwagon of endless recycled listicles and bombastic titles.


Downworthy replaces hyperbolic headlines from bombastic viral websites with a slightly more realistic version. For example:

-  "Literally" becomes "Figuratively"

-  "Will Blow Your Mind" becomes "Might Perhaps Mildly Entertain You For a Moment"

-  "One Weird Trick" becomes "One Piece of Completely Anecdotal Horseshit"

-  "Go Viral" becomes "Be Overused So Much That You'll Silently Pray for the Sweet Release of Death to Make it StopStomp"

-  "Can't Even Handle" becomes "Can Totally Handle Without Any Significant Issue"

-  "Incredible" becomes "Painfully Ordinary"

-  "You Won't Believe" becomes "In All Likelihood, You'll Believe"... and so on....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Funniest social media app of the month.

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Area Man Realizes He's Been Reading Fake News For 25 Years : NPR

Area Man Realizes He's Been Reading Fake News For 25 Years : NPR | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The Onion, which turns 25 on Thursday, was founded by two Madison, Wis., college students as a local satirical newspaper "intended mainly to ... sell pizza coupons," says its editor-in-chief....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

More onions with your news? Too good to miss...

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Jeff Domansky's comment, August 31, 2013 3:16 PM
You're welcome Malek. Enjoy your weekend.
Jim Bob's comment, August 31, 2013 11:55 PM
I just noticed this week Onion has strong ties with Wikipedia.
Jeff Domansky's comment, September 1, 2013 1:39 PM
Jim Bob, we'll look into that ;-)
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Happy Birthday to The Onion - PRNewser

Happy Birthday to The Onion - PRNewser | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Happy 25th birthday, America’s Finest News Source. Now get a job and move out of your parents’ basement.


To the delight of Area Men everywhere, the weekly newspaper-turned Internet phenomenon has survived and flourished by speaking truth to bullshit since 1988.Modeled on the classic daily paper, The Onion‘s mastery of reporting, opinion, factoids, news-you-can-use, sourcing, quotes, and photography makes it a must-read for PR pros. Why? Because we all need to level our judgement with a bit of satire from time to time, the tone is always perfect, and it makes for a highly entertaining teaching aid for new executives looking to tighten their writing....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Happy Birthday to The Onion. Still bringing tears to our eyes after 25 years...

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5 Awesome Onion Spoofs of Digital Media World | Digiday

5 Awesome Onion Spoofs of Digital Media World | Digiday | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The Onion points out how awesome sponsored content is and how there is still an need for print in the digital age. The ad industry tends to talk in ways that baffle civilians. Sometimes it pays to have reminders of that. Thanks to The Onion, we do.

 

The Onion does a great job of spoofing these digital media news stories, and points out what should be pretty obvious. For example, how ridiculous and obnoxious sponsored content can be. See the five great digital media industry spoof articles and click through to The Onion for the full stories....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Must-read satire from The Onion brings tears to your eyes as always... ;-)

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The Extremely Accurate History of the Internet: The Onion’s new satirical documentary lands on Yahoo

The Extremely Accurate History of the Internet: The Onion’s new satirical documentary lands on Yahoo | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Everyone loves The Onion, right? Founded in 1988, the print and online satirical publication has found its way into the hearts of many.

Now, “America’s Finest News Source” is launching a new “documentary” on Yahoo! Screen’s Comedy Channel, called ‘The Extremely Accurate History of the Internet,’ a title which alludes to the exact opposite sentiment.

 

The Onion’s show will dive deep into the past of this “vast and glorious data network”, kicking off with the “carved stone modems of our African ancestors”, through the WiFi-enabled monks of Medieval Europe, to the porn-laden Web we see today.

 

Yahoo Screen – formerly Yahoo Video – is a video-sharing portal featuring Yahoo-only material, with all user-generated videos removed in March last year to make way for its new professional service. The Comedy Channel went live in March this year. In addition to the Onion’s new offering, Yahoo Screen is also renewing ‘Odd News,’ ‘Sketchy,’ ‘First Dates with Toby Harris,’ and ‘Burning Love’....

 

[If you like reading The Onion, you're going to love watching The Onion. Highly recommended viewing for those who share a love of satire ~ Jeff]

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Sad Truth About Today's World Illustrated By Steve Cutts

Sad Truth About Today's World Illustrated By Steve Cutts | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Art isn’t all fairytale photoshoots and landscape shots – it can also act as catalyst of change. And Steve Cutts thinks that many things in the world should be different. Work shouldn’t be a grinding, soul-crushing rat race for the almighty dollar. Consumerism shouldn’t hold a vice-like grip on our lives. And social media, well, we need to throw-off the shackles we so eagerly put on ourselves. Wouldn’t life be better then?


Steve Cutts is an illustrator and animator from London. Faced with the choice of working at McDonalds or studying Fine Arts, he chose the latter. He worked at Glueisobar as the main storyboard concept artist before making the leap to freelance work. Cutts makes videos and images that criticize modern life – he states that insanity of humanity is an endless pool of inspiration....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Powerful ideas and creativity with your coffee.

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Marlboro Boy And Fat Ronald: The Brand-Jamming Art Of Ron English

Marlboro Boy And Fat Ronald: The Brand-Jamming Art Of Ron English | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Portland artist Ron English has spent his career lampooning some of America's top brands, and he's got the cease-and-desist letters to prove it. Undeterred, English and Last Gasp Publishing have compiled his greatest hits in Status Factory. The picture book includes photorealistic oil paintings that mock such marketing icons as Marlboro Man (as a cigarette-puffing 10-year old), Mickey Mouse (in a gas mask) and Ronald McDonald (50 pounds overweight).

To elaborate on the thinking behind the candy-colored satires showcased in the gallery above, English talks to Co.Create about "reverse shoplifting," the perverse magic of saucer-eyed hucksters, truth in advertising, and how he uses diorama to make art from a kid's point of view....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Now that's a national lampoon! Props to artist Ron English 

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How The Media Will Report The Apocalypse

It's the end of the world as we know it. At least in this side tire from BuzzFeed.In early 2014, a series of devastating catastrophes bring about Armageddon. Papers of record like the New York Times soberly report this news.

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Great fun in this satire from BuzzFeed.

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Burger King Launches the Best PR Strategy Ever Witnessed by the Human Race - PRNewser

Burger King Launches the Best PR Strategy Ever Witnessed by the Human Race - PRNewser | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

...Telling the public what they want is like teaching a cat to play golf. Cats don’t like to play golf. Cats like to do cat things. The public likes do public things. And what does the public like to do? Put French fries in its burgers. In fact, the public has been sticking French fries in its burgers since the 1970s at least, and probably long before then.


Burger King, exercising our sage advice that it is always a good idea to listen to the public, to study the public, to talk to the public and hold the public’s hand and ask if everything is okay, and then go back to corporate headquarters and start brainstorming PR strategies and marketing campaigns. The public will show you what they want; brands just have to pay attention.


And that’s why we can say with complete confidence that Burger King has managed to implement one of the greatest and most profoundly simple PR strategies ever seen on the planet earth....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Funny but definitely not fat-free...

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brian hippert's curator insight, July 19, 2015 5:05 PM

Food and sports what else is there?

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Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning

Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

There was nothing, and I mean nothing, about that story that related to the important news of the day, the chronicling of significant human events, or the idea that journalism itself can be a force for positive change in the world. For Christ’s sake, there was an accompanying story with the headline “Miley’s Shocking Moves.”


In fact, putting that story front and center was actually doing, if anything, a disservice to the public. And come to think of it, probably a disservice to the hundreds of thousands of people dying in Syria, those suffering from the current unrest in Egypt, or, hell, even people who just wanted to read about the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.


But boy oh boy did it get us some web traffic. Which is why I, Meredith Artley, managing editor of CNN.com, put the story in our top spot. Those of us watching on Google Analytics saw the number of homepage visits skyrocket the second we put up that salacious image of Miley Cyrus dancing half nude on the VMA stage. But here’s where it gets great: We don’t just do a top story on the VMA performance and call it a day. No, no. We also throw in a slideshow called “Evolution of Miley,” which, for those of you who don’t know, is just a way for you to mindlessly click through 13 more photos of Miley Cyrus. And if we get 500,000 of you to do that, well, 500,000 multiplied by 13 means we can get 6.5 million page views on that slideshow alone....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

The Onion still makes us cry as in this brilliant take down of CNN's coverage of Miley Cyrus's antics at the recent VMA awards.

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TwittStorm's curator insight, August 27, 2013 5:13 AM

She really deserves this Shit / TwittStorm. Still getting up to 370 tweets per minute:

http://twittstorm.com/miley%20cyrus

Could someone please calculate the Media Value?

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The Onion Apologizes? You've Got To Be Joking | Forbes

The Onion Apologizes? You've Got To Be Joking | Forbes | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

As you've probably heard by now, what The Onion is apologizing for is a tweet sent during the Academy Awards about the nine-year-old star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

 

... "Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better,” Onion CEO Steve Hannah wrote, vowing to “take immediate steps to discipline those responsible.” It’s the first time anyone can remember that The Onion has apologized for a joke that offended, and not for want of opportunity.

 

If The Onion has a rule that children are exempt from outré humor, it must not have been in place when it published “Fun Toy Banned Because Of Three Stupid Dead Kids,” “God Answers Prayers Of Paralyzed Little Boy; ‘No,’ Says God,” “Ex-Pedophiles Share Tips On How To Make Your Kids Less Attractive,” or “Pope Vows To Get Church Pedophilia Down To Acceptable Levels.” Or, to cite a few that riff on real children, this one about Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, or this one about Suri Cruise, or this other one about Suri Cruise, or this one about JonBenet Ramsey.... 

Jeff Domansky's insight:

The Onion apology brings tears to your eyes,,,

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Haven’t We All Done Steroids, In A Way?

Haven’t We All Done Steroids, In A Way? | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
By Lance Armstrong...

 

There are many people who have tried to judge my actions, to label me as disgraceful or unethical. Time and again, I’ve had to endure the harassment of the media and the average sports fan, who act as though I’ve done something so outside the bounds of human decency as to defy logic or explanation. Yet I think, if we are all honest we each other, we could agree this is far from the case. For, really, haven’t we all, each and every one of us, ritually abused steroids, in a sense?

 

I ask again: Is there a single person among us who has not, in one way or another, become obscenely rich and successful through the repeated use of performance-enhancing drugs?,,,

 

[Very funny Lance Armstrong satire and takeout by The Onion - JD]

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