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Cowboy Bebop At His Computer: Web Media
On the internet, information is little more than a click away. Unfortunately, so is a sea of misinformation.


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  • In the 2009 edition of the calendar The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said, one contributor attributes the phrase YOUR HEAD A SPLODE to "the video game Homestar Runner" (as opposed to being from a game based on the online animated series Homestar Runner entitled StrongBadZone), not to mention that the silliness of this choice of words was a deliberate parody. Even further, this phrase's first published appearance was Strong Bad E-Mail #94: Video Games, so it was not even from a video game at all, though the game was originally an Easter egg available from said cartoon.

     Webcomics 
  • Is Oasis lying to Sluggy? As the article is attributed to the author, it has to be parody.
  • Reportedly, one website describing Homestuck early into the comic's run referred to the post-apocalyptic nomad advising John as the Wandering Vagrant. The comic exclusively calls him the Wayward Vagabondnote 
    • A NY Daily News article put the trolls as the main characters when describing Homestuck. While minor, long-time fans of the series will skip approx 6.12 beats after reading it.
    • There was also an article in which the author interviewed a Homestuck cosplayer. When they said that they were cosplaying Eridan Ampora, the interviewer took that to mean that all of the trolls were named Eridan Ampora.
    • Strangely, while the Know Your Meme article for Homestuck is pretty good, edited by actual fans, the official explanatory video was...well, not. It showed a page of fantrolls when describing the trolls, implying that they were also canonical; stated that Dante Basco was a recurring character instead of Rufio, a character he played in Hook; and at one point showed a panel of Problem Sleuth instead. This combined with the extremely basic plot summary and lack of explanation of any of the memes - which was, y'know, theoretically the whole point of the video - leads one to the very tempting conclusion that the writers hadn't actually read the comic.
    • Then there was a short newspaper article that seemed to imply that you could finish Homestuck in only half an hour. Even if you ignored the 450,000+ words of text and only watched the flash animations, that would still take you well over 30 minutes to get through. Hell, the end of act 5 animation would take nearly half of that by itself!
  • This article profiling notable self-sufficient web-cartoonists falls into this trap more than a few times. Marten has never worked at a coffee shop, and Pintsize can't really be considered a pet; Jeph Jacques later joked about making Marten work at Coffee of Doom to make the article accurate. Mistaking MS Paint Adventures as being made in MS Paint is a more understandable mistake, but MS Paint hasn't been used for it at all since the very first page in 2006, and the site's FAQ makes that quite clear.

     Web Original 
  • The pretty cool guy meme, which is known for intentionally confusing the main character of a franchise with the title of the franchise itself for comedic/trolling purposes. As demonstrated by the original:
  • In this blog post, baby-name expert Laura Wittenberg explains how distracting names that reveal that authors failed to check their work (e.g., a Work Com with an entire office full of men in their 30s who have names that are popular now but not so much in The Seventies) have become to her, the point being that one or two characters having names that seem out of place for their age or demographic is fine but it's implausible when the whole cast do.
  • The humour in Cracked is often an example on this. You may laugh at how silly the, say, Polish movie posters are, unless, of course, you happen to know that some of the pictures are not movie posters but, say, a comic parodying the film. Or, for that matter, how the Voynich Manuscript is described as undecipherable for all the wrong reasons.
    • An article on Japanese versions of Western characters claimed that Luke chopped Vader's head off. Which he did. In the cave on Dagobah where, if you recall the scene from the movie, he chopped Vader's head off. It also claimed that Hellsing using the name Alucard was a clumsy way to avoid copyright issues over using Dracula, despite the fact that 1. Dracula is in the public domain and 2. in Hellsing Alucard is Dracula, which is explicitly confirmed when he reveals his true form and how he came to serve the Hellsing organization.
    • One article involving something along the lines of "the most offensive ways the 9/11 attacks have ever been cashed in on" mentioned that since Pokémon Black and White take place in a region inspired by New York City (whereas all other regions in the Pokémon universe seen so far have been inspired by areas of Japan), that the area had a nod to the attacks. Their evidence was that the area roughly equivalent to where the World Trade Center was was a desert with two ruined towers in it, filled with ghosts. OK, that's unfortunate, but you could say it was unintentional. The problem? They claimed that the area is a barren desert because it was hit by a meteor, which was never hinted at. They also said that the meteor contained Kyurem, a legendary Pokémon that stands at a height of 9'11. Granted, Kyurem does stand at 9'10, but the meteor didn't crash anywhere near that area and therefore the two have nothing to do with each other aside from being in the same game.
    • An article about Friends is entirely based on the premise that we don't know what started a fire in a specific episode (The One Where Ross Dates A Student), claiming it was a mystery left in the air. Too bad this shows that the columnist didn't even bother to finish watching said episode, and stopped after five minutes (halfway through it - not even at the end - the source of the fire is unmistakably identified).
    • In their "5 Famous Movie Characters Who Wasted Awesome Superpowers" article, when talking about Wreck-It Ralph, they originally said that the game that Vanellope is in is called Candy Crush. The game is actually called Sugar Rush. This was eventually fixed by the editors.
    • Cracked has had serious fact-checking problems with video games in particular. It's referenced at least five times on the Video Games page.
    • One article on movie endings said that Jack had a sad ending because, even though Jack's classmates learned to accept him, Jack's ageing disease meant he would die before graduating high school. Except they clearly hadn't watched the end of the movie, because he does just that, graduating valedictorian and going off with his friends to party.
  • Feminist Frequency research mistakes:
    • Remixing video game stock footage for a blog that praises the game Portal.
    • Initially characterizing Bayonetta as a single mother.
    • Lumping Y: The Last Man and the Daughters of Amazon therein as example of "crazy man hating Straw Feminists without any realistic feminists showing up" when not only do calmer more grounded feminists appear but Brian K. Vaughan explicitly created the characters as examples of one type of feminist school of thought and other characters as opposing ones.
    • Dismissing Clarice Starling from The Silence of the Lambs because she's overshadowed in the cultural memory of the film by a male character (Hannibal) even though Clarice fits previously established criteria; she has the most screen time in the film, the story arc revolves around her, we see her make decisions and she is the character that the viewer identifies with in a role that earned Jodie Foster her second Oscar along with Anthony Hopkins for his Hannibal Lecter role. It's virtually impossible to describe the plot in a way that makes Hannibal seem anything like the lead character, but the exact opposite of this is stated.
    • Listing Clementine from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as a straight example of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, even though she is a character who was an outright subversion of this trope who actually says to her romantic foil: "I'm not a concept. Too many guys think I'm a concept or I complete them or I'm going to make them alive, but I'm just a fucked up girl who is looking for my own peace of mind. Don't assign me yours."
    • Anita only briefly mentions a second playable character in the Dinosaur Planet game that became Starfox Adventures; she does not mention that said character, Sabre, was male and promoted as the main character.
    • Sarkeesian lambastes Super Princess Peach for how Peach's powers in that game are "her out-of-control female emotions." However, the actual plot of the game is about Bowser causing everyone's emotions to become super-powered and out-of-control and Peach being the only one capable of controlling her emotions.
  • The Agony Booth's recap of High School Musical made an error by saying that Ashley Tisdale basically played an identical Alpha Bitch character on that "awful sitcom The Suite Life of Zack and Cody". If you're not familiar enough with the show to know that Ashley Tisdale plays the exact opposite character type on that show, you obviously haven't even seen a commercial for it, and probably shouldn't be making judgments about it.
  • When a school shooting rekindled discussions in Germany about video games being responsible for real life violence, the news broadcast Focus TV showed the infamous clip of the "Angry German Kid", claiming that the footage was secretly recorded by Leopold's father while he got mad playing on his computer. (If you didn't know by now, the clip was staged and recorded by the 'kid himself for the lulz.)
  • When The Nostalgia Critic announced his appearance in the Entrepreneur magazine, we all went straight to or searched for the article online! But here's the thing: Mike Ellis and Mike Michaud have been mislabeled in the article.
    • Plus, Doug and the Mikes are listed as co-founders and runners of Channel Awesome...but not even a mention of Bhargav?
    • Moreover, the article actually goes into detail in another Channel Awesome website, the much less popular Chicago nightlife review site Barfiesta instead of mentioning Bhargav, when that site is actually Bhargav's pet project. Weird, huh?
  • X-Entertainment liked to play on this trope when it still published articles, particularly for franchises that the author isn't interested in. Example: Behold!, an article on the Strawberry Shortcake cereal getting the names of Apricot and Hopsalot Bunny wrong, even though the correct names were mentioned in the commercial that's available for download from the same page!
  • An image for the "Bleach Has No Backgrounds!" meme had a shot of Bleach compared to a shot from Naruto and One Piece respectively. While this isn't a problem if you want to make a point, the problem is that the pictures from the other two were of cities, while the picture from Bleach was of...Hueco Mundo, a statedly empty and barren desert.
    • Arguably, the real issue is that Naruto had a visibly bigger animation budget (possibly because the original manga's art style was inspired by AKIRA and they wanted to do it justice), and One Piece's art style (being more cartoony) works better with a smaller budget than Bleach's does.
  • Animated Views has so many of these it's not even funny. A few of the examples include an assumption that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer began airing with "Fame and Fortune" instead of "We're a Couple of Misfits" in 1998 as opposed to 1965 (1998 is actually the year "We're a Couple of Misfits" returned to Rudolph, a fact the reviewer could have confirmed simply by watching the previous year's broadcast!), a lament that the "Recommended Features" box on the Toy Story 3 Blu-Ray does not include a link to Day and Night even though the link is randomized, and could link to that short on certain viewings, and an assumption that in the Watchmen graphic novel, Dr. Manhattan and the squid were the same being (a site devoted to animation probably shouldn't review Watchmen in the first place!).
  • Spoony's Deadliest Character: Megazord VS Mechagodzilla video was chock full of innacurate discriptions and blatant Critical Research Failure, which were invoked as it was a parody/ Take That at Deadliest Warrior's research fails, including-
    • 1.) Talking about the Showa (1974) Mechagodzilla while showing clips of Kiryu. While Kiryu is an incarnation of Mechagodzilla, it is not the same monster (The original Mechagodzilla is a robot built by aliens to take over the world and Kiryu is a cyborg version of the original Godzilla).
    • 2.) Saying that Mechagodzilla was unable to defeat a single monster (IE: Godzilla). In reality, Mechagodzilla is one of the few Kaiju that Godzilla is unable to defeat on his own. The Showa Mechagodzilla required the aid of King Caesar (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla) and humanity (Terror Of Mechagodzilla) to defeat.
    • 3.) Completely ignoring (or simply not knowing about) the fact that Mechagodzilla also has an ally in the form of Titanosaurus.
    • His review of Knightmare erroneously states that the show was made by the BBC, when the show was actually produced by Anglia Television, one of the many (former) regions of ITV. It's even painfully clear when he shows footage of one of the winning teams receiving a trophy (The Silver Spurs), which have the words ANGLIA TELEVISION emblazoned atop it.
  • Headline on AOL's welcome page: "Actor, 87, Suffers Stroke." The "actor": Elmore Leonard. OK, he's appeared in a few documentaries, but he's NEVER been an actor. Since it was a link to an article on the Moviefone website, obviously someone just figured "Moviefone article=actors & actresses."
  • Even Rational Wiki isn't immune to this. The article on TV Tropes claimed apologetics for rape and pedophilia, when no such thing occurred.
    • TV Tropes tends to get this treatment an odd number of times, especially from social justice sites, which sometimes attempt to paint the site in a sexist or racist light. Many seem to be under the bizarre impression that mentioning sexism or inequality at all is the same as supporting it.
    • Except of course when you explicitly state that racism and pedophilia is bad.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd
    • In the McKids review, the Nerd said that Cool Spot was a 7-Eleven character, instead of 7-up.
    • Averted in the Street Fighter 2010 review. In the behind the scenes special, James said that during the writing, he wrote that the Final Boss looked liked the Grimace from Sesame Street, this was changed.
  • This article makes the surprising claim that there exists Harry Potter fanfiction written in Parseltongue. A brief Googling demonstrates otherwise (although it does also demonstrate that there does exist a fanfic in which Harry uses Parseltongue to converse with trouser snakes), which is to be expected as Parseltongue is basically just various hissing snake noises.
  • This site posted a short story about the Emma Watson prank pulled on Jovenshire of Smosh Games. Problem is that they mistakenly refer to Joven as a news reporter, when he is in fact a video game show host, and mistakenly believe that his name is actually Joven Shire. For those unaware, Jovenshire's name is Joshua Ovenshire.
  • Invoked for humor in one online video, where an exasperated Samuel L. Jackson is harassed by a bunch of overly touchy parents, with one of them saying her son wound up in jail because he saw him act in The Shawshank Redemption, to which Jackson incredulously shouts "That was Morgan Freeman!"
  • While addressing the several plot holes of Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew in his review (A film he feels suffers from Hype Backlash), Duckyworth questions why Mew can suddenly shapeshift at will. Bulbapedia will tell you that it could do this since Generation 1. When the error was pointed out in the comments, he was surprised Mew could know the move.
    • Another example comes into his The Elf That Rescued Christmas review, where he gets angry about the discovery of Basil's ice lair being built over a volcano, in Lapland. While the fact that an ice structure being built over a volcano does stretch the Willing Suspension of Disbelief, the nearby area, ironically named Iceland, does have prominent volcano activity, even with all the snow, including the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010.
  • An In-Universe example occurs in the Growing Around episode, 'Silly Sally'. The town hall website, in order to create a smear campaign against Sally Duun, contains lies (i.e She's Too Dumb to Live, her breath is terrible, etc.) presented as facts, to wreck her reputation. Mainly, everyone believes it, setting the catalyst of the plot.
  • In 2007 there was a legendary Fox 11 report about the denizens of 4chan and the other 'chans, referring to them as "Anonymous", and portraying them as mafia-like domestic terrorists and evil hackers who gather on secret underground websites. (While in fact, nobody used "Anonymous" as a collective name at the time, they're not hackers, the site is publicly available, and although it's true that they can be very mean in their pranks, they're not nearly as much of a threat as the report implied.) It all caused not so many heads to be banged against walls as it caused arses to be laughed off. Among other things, it actually coined the now widely used name "Anonymous", and introduced instantaneous memes such as "hackers on steroids", "internet hate machine" and dogs and closed curtains being Anonymous' only weakness.
    • Ironically, in both this case and a similar Fox 11 report on trolls in general, the station is universally mistaken for Fox News Channel when, in fact, they have almost nothing to do with one another; the station is an owned-and-operated affiliate of FOX, the separate broadcast network, and its local news operations are independent of Fox News Channel. Another recent example of this occurred when someone posted a news clip claiming that "Fox News attacks bronies". However, the clip came from a St. Louis Fox affiliate, and not the Fox News Channel.
  • Speaking of 4chan; after the August 2014 celebrity nudes leak that was sourced from a 4chan user, CNN reporters thought "4chan" was the name of the hacker itself.


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