What if you had the power that Kim K’s butt does?

I don’t want to see Kim Kardashian’s butt – but today, it covered my news feed. No matter where I clicked I couldn’t escape it. It’s trending on social media, and major news outlets are writing about her nude photo shoot for Paper Magazine and how it will “break the internet.” (Which is ironic considering the whole point is that the photos will be printed in ink, on paper.)

“Break the internet” is a phrase used to describe something that goes insanely viral – pictures, video, music, events etc. For example, when Beyonce released her album last September unannounced it was said to break the internet. She was immediately trending on all social media and the most talked about thing on the internet. The phrase should be reworded to “internet takeover” since the internet is indeed intact and functioning despite the photos, but the point is moot.

These events dominate social media at the expense of other news stories. Social media is a major source of information for people and even for news organizations, but when it’s hijacked by frivilous posts, people are deprived of actual, and debatably more important, news.

Today, humans landed the first probe on a comet. Did you know that? Or were you too busy clicking on random posts about Kim Kardashian, her butt, and lists about what it means? This is probably the funniest article I came across today.

Kim Kardashian naked shouldn’t be newsworthy considering she became famous because of a leaked sex tape. Her bare butt isn’t a symbol of anything – it just is – no greater message or purpose. There was no underlying message. The point was to go viral and stay famous, which seems to be her entire reason for existence, and that’s what happened. You win, Kim, your butt broke the internet. But what if she used the ability to trend on all forms of social media for something good? She could accomplish so much.

What if you had the ability to break the internet? How would you use that power?

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5 Responses to What if you had the power that Kim K’s butt does?

  1. I had no idea about humans landing the first probe on a comet. And that’s a shame. Despite how tired I was of seeing Kim Kardashian’s behind on all of my news feed, I too was an offender of opening articles about her and her controversial pictures. (As a sidenote: a must read – http://mic.com/articles/104188/the-big-problem-with-kim-kardashian-s-photos-nobody-is-talking-about) You know what I realized is the worst part about all of this? Our news is filtered. We see what databases and algorithms think we want to see, so every time we click that one article about Kim Kardashian’s pictures, we begin to drown out even more the important news. And we miss out entirely because a) not only is she already everywhere but b) the websites we use are also purposefully hiding other news because they think ‘Hey, she cares about Kim Kardashian’s butt. Let’s give her more of that, so she’ll click it.’

  2. samafaithra says:

    Yeah, this entire concept of “breaking the Internet” is exactly what’s metaphorically… “breaking the Internet.” Moreover, stories that involve Kim Kardashian’s behind or Beyonce’s new album are not what should be viral, but these are seemingly the ways that readers and consumers are able to tune out the other, arguably more important, news. So these stories become more popular and damage the Internet by taking up the space of what could be occupied by more thought-provoking and significant stories. For days, I tried to ignore this story and shield my eyes from the obviously photo-shopped picture; however, it became impossible and I have since read more about it. If I had the ability to “break the Internet” I would inundate social media accounts and news pages with stories such as… humans landing the first probe on a comet.

  3. alaynawillia says:

    I agree with Stephanie on this one. Its sad that our sources for information online are being filtered by tacky tabloid worthy articles. Of course when you are relaxing and cruising your Facebook feed you will click on leisure links like the eye catching ones about Kim K’s famous butt, and in return our internet information is being limited. Despite articles about Kim’s butt getting more shares than other important news, every time a person clicks on that link they are being weeded into the category of people who would rather read about Kim Kardashian than any other news. Our amazing internet that is supposed to give us access to unlimited and unbiased information is sadly not that.

  4. I think this is an interesting point you make because anyone and everyone with a wifi signal and a computerized device has seen this… whether or not they wanted to. But who is to really blame for Kim Kardashian “breaking the internet?” Unfortunately, the culture where balancing champagne glasses on your ass has become more interesting than the humans landing its first probe on a comet is really on us, the individuals who allow for this to happen. Without trying to sound out of touch with the times or anti-21st century, it is us that allow people like Kim Kardashian and “Alex from Target”, another internet fame, to become famous. They only “break the internet” because we constantly click on stories and articles about them. These people do absolutely nothing to deserve the fame they receive. As Stephanie mentions, our news is filtered to our likes and to the articles we read, so instead of clicking on these article about nonsense, we should be clicking on the articles that have any significance at all. If we took a step back, realized these people we make famous aren’t very exciting and stop the culture of it, maybe we would be likely to know about the fact that humans landed the first probe on a comet, and less likely about Alex from Target’s true identity, or any other nonsense in the media.

  5. It happens every time I’m surfing through television channels and indifferently settle on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. My mother shakes her head and says, half under her breath and half public service announcement, “I just don’t get it. How are these people famous?” Above the sisters’ whining and Lord Disick’s antics I reply: “Because they’re ridiculous.”

    And I say the same about the Internet and its obsession with that famous Kardashian behind. Did you know that, the same day Kim’s champagne-clad rear bombarded Facebook users’ news feeds, the bill approving the Keystone Pipeline passed? That the Obama administration released insurance premiums for new health plans? Or that the Wall Street Journal reported the Justice Department’s use of small planes to capture information from cellphones on the ground? If you did, you’re one in a million.

    Stephanie makes a point that we’ve tackled in our readings and in class: the news we consume is filtered and tailored for us, the consumer. It seems that’s exactly who we have become; not educated and aware citizens, but mute, hyper attentive consumers of viral absurdities, always clicking. The news we consume, as Eli Pariser intelligently terms in his TED Talk, isn’t news at all- it’s information junk food. What do we get from the foaming arc of champagne? The fleeting satisfaction of a craving for the ridiculous.

    I have to side with Mark. The Internet is home to Grumpy Cat and the Bed Intruder Song- but what else is at our fingertips? Practically anything we could ever want to know. It’s up to us to be smart when we click.

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