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Super Bowl blackout: everyone became a comedian

You may think the big news from last night was a Ravens’ win, but no, it was the Super Bowl blackout, which turned the entire internet into a batch of comedians.



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America’s modern past time is to craft clever social media updates during live events from the Oscars to the Presidential Inauguration to the Super Bowl, and when something doesn’t go according to plan like a wardrobe malfunction, people whip out their phones or laptops and get to tweetin’ about it. So when the teams were all revved up after a massive halftime show by Beyonce, and half of the Superdome power went out for over 20 minutes and sportscasters’ ad-lib talents were put to the test, bored viewers became comedians. All of them. Every single one of them.

Personally, my best work was “Lights out, guess we WEREN’T ready for that jelly, Beyonce…” which I was disappointed to later learn that I wasn’t the only jelly joker. The point is not that I’m hilarious (which I am), but that the entire internet had something hilarious to say about the blackout, giving real comedians a run for their money.

Below is a roundup of just a select few jokes from the hundreds of gems to highlight the real news story about last night: everyone’s a comedian.

Note: some of these are racy, racist, ridiculous, and probably offensive, so if you are easily offended, this won’t be up your alley. You’ve been warned.

Super Bowl 2013 Blackout Jokes

Some would argue a Ravens win was the big news of the night, but social media reactions prove otherwise.

Storified by Lani Rosales· Mon, Feb 04 2013 06:22:47

Big whoop. I black out in New Orleans all of the time.Tiffany Clemons
Go home Super Dome. You’re drunk.Kate Ottavio
Guys I’m AT the #SuperBowl and this power outage is no joke. Most of us have broken into small but loyal factions. I am a now a doctor.Joe Randazzo
Will you guys ever forgive me?Super Bowl Lights
I wish the power had gone out when we were trying to turn around MySpace.Jason Hirschhorn
I bet Jim Harbaugh used to unplug the Nintendo when his brother was winning.Collin Moore
Meanwhile, CNET is no longer allowed to review light bulbs.Ina Fried
BREAKING: During the Twitter, Superbowl goes downRyan Sarver
What does Donald mean? the country is being run by a half-black guy? RT @realDonaldTrump: The Country is being run just like the stadium.David Jones
It was Ray Lewis with a knife in the control room.Michele Catalano
Lesson: do not use a toaster and a hair dryer at the same time in the Superdome.Tom Conrad
Back in the 1900s, they played in the dark. Let’s goLiz Scherer
CBS: Can I buy an ad spot now? I will pay sixty dollars. DM me.Damon Lindelof
@agbeat @AmyVernon @lizscherer next commercial has GOT to be from BW3.Jeff Jacobs
Not that anybody asked, but every adult human radiates at about 100 Watts — in the infrared.Neil deGrasse Tyson
Beyoncé radiates about 500 Watts, is my guess. But to be certain, I’d have to run a special calculation just for her.Neil deGrasse Tyson
…for science.Neil deGrasse Tyson
so it looks like the answer to "can you pay my bills?" was "no" #superbowlpoweroutagerob sheffield
Blow on the cartridge!Jason Del Rey
In Friday Night Lights, they lined up cars on the field and turned on the headlights. #superbowlSam Simon
damn lights still not on in new orleans superbowl obama doesnt care about black peopleDANCESTADAMUS
The best ad of the Super Bowl? The 30 minute ad for modernizing our nation’s power grid.Matt Lira
We have nothing to do with thisILLUMINATI

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Danny Brown

    February 4, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Like a true troll, I would just like to submit my effort here. 🙂

    • agbenn

      February 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

      lol but it’s true ;p

  2. SundayBestHomes

    February 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Great article….actually saw a bunch of these on #brandbowl

  3. AmyVernon

    February 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I guffawed at Lindelof’s last night, but he had an even BETTER one today.

  4. Waxil Davidson

    February 26, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    The best joke was by @scrutinous when he said “This is the worst thing to ever happen in the Super Dome.” And then Mike Scully, writer for the Simpsons posted the exact same thing 2 minutes later and stole the credit.

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Facebook beta features fresh friendly facade you can try out

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Facebook is trying to change it’s image, literally. They already changed their logo, now is time for a new design you can see in the beta.



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After sixteen years in the game, Facebook is getting a facelift. Facebook has been working on a redesign for quite some time and they’re finally starting to roll out a beta. Facebook is taking the rollout slow, so it looks like just a few users are seeing the redesign and the rest of us will have to wait. Want to be among the first to test out the new look? Here’s how you can, maybe, make it happen.

If you are one of the lucky few who has been selected to beta test, then getting the new design should be simple. When you log into your account (as if you ever log out) a pop up will prompt you to try out the new beta. If this doesn’t happen, and you’re still feeling optimistic, then turn your eye to the upper right-hand corner of your screen and look for a button labeled “See Facebook Beta.” Still no button, but want to keep the hope alive? Click the drop-down arrow in the right-hand corner of your screen and see if the Facebook Beta option appears in the dropdown. Nothing yet? Tough luck, kid. You have not been chosen.

If the new design is available to you, then Facebook will offer to give you a tour of the new system. The fresh UI aims to simplify the user experience by making the page less cluttered and easier to navigate. Icons will be sleeker and brighter and it should be easier than ever to access your Messenger conversations. And if you decide that you kind of hate the new design, no big deal. Users will have the option to switch back to the classic design, at least while the redesign is still in beta.

Platform redesigns are always a contentious topic of conversation for users. Twitter, in particular, has seen some user drama over its redesigns through the years. Sometimes a redesign will knock out your favorite feature or make a shortcut you used to take in a workflow pointless. And, honestly, sometimes people just don’t like change. Whatever side of the coin you’re on, let us know how you feel about Facebook’s new look.

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Google takes a shot at competing with TikTok, Pinterest videos

(SOCIAL MEDIA) We all love to sit and watch short videos, be they humorous, reactionary, or weird, but here is Googles attempt to get educational with Tangi.



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It’s happened to anyone who’s ever been looking online for how-to help… you click on a likely-sounding YouTube video, only to be greeted by an ad you can’t skip, a whole lot of introductory chit-chat, and three minutes of build-up before you finally see exactly what you need to do to handle your would-be DIY hack.

But what if you could get your answer in 60 seconds or less? It’s the concept behind Tangi, a newly released Google app created in the company’s Area 120 incubator by developer Coco Mao.

Variously described as short-form YouTube, video Pinterest, or TikTok for makers, Tangi was inspired by Mao discovering that her “smartphone challenged” parents were using their devices to watch photography and painting tutorials—and developing new hobbies as a result.

She came back to Google and worked with her team to develop Tangi as a place where such how-to inspiration could be more easily found and taken advantage of. “The name is inspired by the words TeAch aNd Give,” she explained as she introduced the app at the end of January. “’Tangible’—things you can make.”

The philosophy behind Tangi means this is hands-on how-to for the crafty club. The time-lapse heavy videos “could quickly get a point across,” Mao said, “something that used to take a long time to learn with just text and images.”

Videos fall into categories of art, cooking, DIY, fashion and beauty, and lifestyle, and are often accompanied by links to recipes or the maker’s blog or Instagram for more information. Some makers don’t quite have the format down pat yet, but most manage to provide a good balance of visual inspiration and a little more information.

And like Pinterest, Tangi can turn into a time-lapsing rabbit hole of its own. I started with a mere 10-second clip on propagating succulents (I’ve been doing it wrong), which led to a minute on “when succulents stretch” (“etiolation” — new vocabulary word!), which led to a succulent cake which led to a conversation heart cake and before I knew it, 20 minutes had gone by and I was watching an exploding heart science Valentine and had washed up at “Yoda one for me.”

While the app has only been out for about a week … and is only available on iOS and the web … it’s already well populated with content from makers and lifestyle bloggers who partnered with Mao’s team during the development process. And though it’s still in closed-beta mode for content creators, users can apply to be on a waitlist to be invited to upload their own work.

There are a few question marks still. No word on when it will be available on Google’s own Android platform, for one thing. While a couple of intrepid contributors are reviewing education apps and dispensing startup advice, its philosophy as stated by team lead Mao may not extend much more beyond the maker and creative fields to include technology and workplace input. And Google doesn’t always support its apps for long.

But it’s fun, simple, and easy on the eyes. As a place to find quick inspiration and direction, Tangi could carve out a niche.

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New Reddit policy on impersonation mimics other social media giants

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Reddit is the latest social media company to change their policy to protect against deepfake impersonation, because of the harm they can cause.



impersonation with deepfakes

Reddit is the latest social media company making updates to their rules and policies ahead of the 2020 election. Companies like Facebook, Twitter, and now Reddit are all trying to make the social internet a safer place to receive information.

Reddit’s new policy officially bans impersonation with the goal of handling “bad actors who are trying to manipulate Reddit, particularly are issues of great public significance, like elections.”

Deepfakes have become a key topic of conversation the last few years. In the wake of the mass spreading of misinformation during the 2016 presidential election, users have grown wearier than ever of the information they see online. Deepfakes are no longer a niche subject, but an everyday pain point that technology companies are scrambling to control.

In a statement made on r/redditsecurity, Reddit informed users of the change to website policy stating, “Reddit does not allow content that impersonates individuals or entities in a misleading or deceptive manner. This not only includes using a Reddit account to impersonate someone, but also encompasses things such as domains that mimic others, as well as deepfakes or other manipulated content presented to mislead, or falsely attributed to an individual or entity.”

The platform isn’t trying to make a mass change to it’s often humor driven culture. Parody and satire are still allowed forms of impersonation so long as the joke is obvious. Reddit has vowed to always take context into account when looking at cases of user impersonation.

It’s a good sign for society when popular social platforms start taking their role in controlling the spread of false information seriously. Companies like Reddit are in a position to create real change in the way we spread and consume information about major global events.

What’s unclear is how much man power these companies are putting behind their policies. Reddit ends their statement by pointing users to a report form that users can submit if they or someone else is the victim of impersonation. The question users should be asking is how long would it take to get a response or see action on these reports?

Policy changes are great, but if companies are simply throwing them onto their fine print with no resources behind enforcement then it’s not social change, it’s just legal jargon to protect their ass.

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