The Internet is a vast open world full of everything, you know. I mean, you can find pretty much everything there, right ? Oh well, I think the correct word is “anything” though and not necessarily the prettiest things depending on where you stumble upon. That’s what makes it unique, in a way. So. what exactly can be found on the internet? Well… many things. Images of anything, mostly cats, videos of anything, mostly cats too even if, right now, it’s a weird naked Russian guy singing in front of a green screen that has taken the web’s attention. There are billions of websites with a plethora of purposes, some ot them sharing more or less legal stuff and there is the infamous Deep Web hiding behind seven proxies.
Wait! I’m sorry guys, I forgot about a very important item here. Porn of course!
Silly me, it really is a crucial component. the world wide web allowed its increasing development and a easier access to it. Online pornography isn’t something that new either. Let’s say that the main difference, at the time, was that it was way more difficult to have access to a great bunch of porn quickly in the early 2000s than nowadays.
Not everyone could get the willpower to go buy an adult DVD in your average supermarket, or to wait for some adult shows on tv, after all. Yeah, the early web helped this industry being more accessible. That’s a thing and there is no need to mention how big it has grown with today’s internet. However, in the meantime, there has been a trend of censoring actual graphic images into something more family-friendly and making them “safe for work”.
The concepts of “Safe For Work” and “Not Safe For Work” are typically based on office workers. Because they use a computer at work, they have access to internet. They may tend to let their mind wander and browse through adult websites. If they get caught, chances are they will be fired. What is “safe for work” is any content supposedly viewable at your workplace without the threat of getting you fired. In theory, that is.
Actually, it looks like this:
The first spark of interest came from the goons at Something Awful. September 2002, Emily “Integral” Reigel launched a photograph manipulation contest in the “Comedy Goldmine” section of the site. Displayed over 7 pages, it involved more than 30 modified photos.
Despite being a somewhat great sensation on the site at the time, the meme didn’t catch on before 2006, when some new pictures surfaced on YTMND and in another Something Awul contest. Then, with the rise of websites entirely dedicated to the phenomenon, such as SFW-porn and more importantly PornSFW, it gained momentum.
From then on, more mspaint than photoshop related, many pictures were redesigned in a more cartoony way, with drawings and more flashy colors.
If you want to search for yourself, there are tons of websites, forum threads and blogs about the phenomenon. Even 4chan got involved at some point.
Then, 2008 came. People started acknowledging that there was a lot of internet phenomena and that it could be profitable as well.
Diesel, an Italian fashion trademark, seized the opportunity to do their one draw on the meme, in video format.
There we go. Some company reused a meme on their own and not in a bad way either. Compared to many new memes greedily touched by advertisers and then frowned upon, with the usual outcry from internet watchmen, this one didn’t have that much people trying to protest against it in the end. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think this meme is “dead” per se, as there is still traffic and interest for it. Nevertheless, it’s quite old and I think it has aged well.
Okay, now, it’s the end of my article. If you will excuse me, I have my daily dose of actual porn to download.