by Devin Brown
Is “Jersey Shore” the best example of a social TV show? According to the number of comments posted during the premiere, the guidos and guidettes have the record for the most social show on record. In this week’s like/dislike segment What’s Trending Live tackled The Onion’s experiment with paid subscriptions, Jersey Shore’s online triumph and the latest meme born from the ongoing dissatisfaction with Washington, Slow Clap For Congress.
– After initially posting an article satirizing The New York Times’ paywall for their website six months ago, the Onion is slowly rolling out a pay for laughs model. If you read more than five articles within 30 days you can pay $2.95 a month or $29.95 for the year. Unsurprisingly the announcement was met with a little skepticism regarding its authenticity due to nature of the “news” in which The Onion reports. Comedian Loni Love was vehemently against the idea of paywalls in general exclaiming,”This is why the stock market is going down; this is American greed.
Web innovator Ze Frank was a bit more moderate on the subject saying, “The Onion has been cracking me up for so long. They deserve a chance to try some different models to monetize.” You at home were against paying for fake news however, with twice as many people on our What’s Trending Facebook poll giving this a Dislike.
– The “Jersey Shore” shore premiere became the most social TV program of all time according a report from Lost Remote, probably thanks to its quotable cast. Forty six percent of the audience commented on the show during its airing racking up nearly 300,000 comments in one hour.
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You at home were against the idea of the “Shore” cast becoming the hottest topic of Internet conversation, but our panelists didn’t quite agree. Love liked the idea citing the notion that if kids are at home watching TV they can’t be getting into any trouble themselves. “I like it if it keeps those kids from doing bad stuff… maybe they can talk about some math problems while they’re at it.”
Frank, on the other hand, was against the entire concept though he has a “soft spot” for “Jersey Shore”. “I Dislike it, its such a silly concept. The metric of saying it’s the most social is just completely meaningless to me,” he stated.
– Frustration stemming from the poor handling of the debt crisis has led Chris Ashworth to create the website Slow Clap For Congress. The meme is gaining momentum as people post videos of them sarcastically slow clapping for our representatives. You at home like this meme, while both Frank and Love think it needs some adjustments. Love felt “(people) should have given them a slow middle finger,” while Frank liked the meme, but had to Dislike it because, “Slow claps are not sarcastic claps. Slow claps are the beginning of like the most awesome clap in the world.” He explained, citing how slow clapping during “Rudy” would have given the movie a whole different meaning.