Best and Worst of the Internets 2014: The Nominees!
December 9, 2014 Leave a comment
It’s time for our readers & listeners to cast their ballots, determining the best and the worst of the Internets in 2014.
The list of 50 nominees was determined after a thorough review of a year’s worth of Fortnight on the Internets podcasts and listener discussions on our Facebook page. They represent a cross-section of the year’s most notable viral items, disgraces to humanity, controversial figures, and enjoyable podcast topics, encompassing everything from videos to Tumblrs to memes to movements. Some made us laugh, some made us cry, some made us shake our fists angrily at the computer screen.
Scroll down to refresh your memory — or to learn about these stories for the first time.
Voting will run through 5pm on Saturday, December 13th. The votes will be tallied and the results announced in our final podcast of the year a few days later. The upper echelon of vote-getters will join our previous inductees in the Hall of Internet Fame.
Click on for a primer on the nominees in detail.
“10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman”
A hugely viral hidden camera video that showcased catcalling on the streets of New York. Scads of cads were busted talking dirty. Outrage, controversy, backlash and parody ensued in great measure. Discussed in episode 62.
29 Impressions Hoax
Youtubist Rob Cantor made like he was doing tons of impressions in a single, musical take — then revealed it all as one big hoax. Never trust an internet! And some of those impressions, woof. Discussed in episode 55.
90s Alt-Rock Vocal Hook Supercut
This masterblend of nostalgia, grunge and editing skillz inspired us to hold a Vocal Hook Draft in episode 52. One of the true highlights of FOTI volume 3, if we may say so ourselves.
100 Orgasms a Day
Alex from Target
A young stallion becomes the fixation of the entire English-speaking internet while innocently bagging groceries at a Texas Target. Welcome to the future. Discussed in episode 63.
Nina Millin’s dramatic interpretations of Queen Bey’s classics electrified the most rabid fanbase on Earth. Discussed at length on the shortly-forthcoming episode 64!
Charlo Greene Quits on Air
The Tumblr con that set a new standard for epic fail. Explored on episode 55.
“Delicious Women’s Ph.D. Darling Sexy”
Drunk J. Crew
Every Noise at Once
“The Fappening” (Odious iCloud Hack)
No roundup of Internets 2014 should omit this item, but don’t get it twisted. This is why we can’t have nice things, like smartphones, sexting and sexy celebrities. Some creepy people are going to come along and ruin it for everyone. A strong contender for Worst of the Internets 2014. Denounced on episode 58.
Ice Bucket Challenge
Everyone’s boss’s favorite Internet meme. Analyzed on episode 57.
A song so bad, it became almost magical. Puzzled over in episode 47.
Kacy Catanzaro, American Ninja Warrior
“Mighty Kacy” inspired the entire internet by flinging her 5-foot-nothing frame with abandon around the NBC obstacle course challenge. Praised on episode 56.
Kid Food Reviews
Kim Kardashian’s Oiled Up Butt
I feel like everyone needs to vote for this, just so we can see the Hall of Fame plaque. But do as you will. Scoffed at in episode 63.
“Let’s Get Social”
A crap anthem for all internet-kind. Chortled about in episode 50.
“Let Me Poop”
A little girl delivers the definitive Frozen parody with an ode to dumps. Some things never get old. Discussed in episode 60.
Listen to Wikipedia
Los Feliz Day Care
Flawlessly executed Twitter account. Mentioned in episode 62.
Feels like this young man is just beginning a long run of genius internet work. Praised on episode 62.
A webseries that explores the hilariously real world of parenting for a new generation, Internet woes and all. We hosted the creators on episode 54.
The New York Times turned their long-running romance column into an animated webseries that tugged heartstrings and blew minds. Producer Zena Barakat joined us on episode 56.
Musicless Music Video
My Parents Open Carry
Ellen very nearly broke the Internet with this one — well, Twitter at least. Nice work by Lupita’s brother to doorcrash the image of the year. Discussed on episode 48.
The Pistol Shrimps
The greatest rec league basketball team in the world. First mention in ALL of media occurred on episode 47, when we hosted captain Maria Blasucci.
Pornhub Comments on Stock Photos
Sad Full House
A brilliant concept highlights the very special-ist moments in the archetypal 90s sitcom. Discussed on episode 58.
Saturday Morning Slow Jams
Who knew Duck Tales could make for such a saxy jam? This series brought some classic anthems into a very smooth atmosphere. Discussed on episode 51.
Earth’s most popular podcast has taken us on an unforgettable deep-dive into a 15-year-old murder case. We may never know for sure what happened, but Sarah Koenig’s storytelling is for sure amazing. Discussed on episode 63.
Shia LaBeouf Live!
We hated Rob Cantor’s 29 impressions hoax (above) but we LOVED this Halloween spectacular with an amazing cameo at the end. Discussed on episode 62.
Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony
So much to love at the outset of Putin’s propaganda games. We loved the TATU performance, the torch-carrying by Putin’s mistress, and all the crazy puppets — yet the Police Choir stole the show with their take on “Get Lucky.” Celebrated on episode 46.
Solange Attacks Jay-Z
America’s favorite family feud of 2014. #TeamSolange. Discussed on episode 52.
Star Wars Teaser Trailer
Fanboys rejoice! Black stormtroopers, new droids, sexy scavengers and a controversial new lightsaber. STAR WARS, Y’ALL. Discussed on the forthcoming episode 64.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Oprah
This jawdroppingly weird event was unearthed from a forgotten VHS cassette and placed online for the delight of all. Discussed on episode 52.
“Tom Hanks” by Buckwheat Groats
America’s dad turns to the dark side, wielding Uzis and blow in this amazing, Jibjab-like rap video. Discussed on episode 49.
“Too Many Cooks”
Too late, it’s already stuck in your head. Broth spoiled. Canonized on episode 63.
Brett Weiner’s short film brought a deeply weird deposition to unforgettable life. He joined us to fill in the backstory on episode 60.
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