Why We Should Ban All Parody Twitter Accounts (And Why They're Never Going Away)

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There's a notion that likely sprang from 4Chan back in the day (circa mid 2000's, that is. That's back in the day on the internet) known as "rule 34." Rule 34 states that if something exists on the internet, no matter how sacred or innocent, there is porn based on it. This morning I have created a rule that functions similarly. Let's call it Goldman's Law of Lazy Jokes: if it exists, there will eventually be a parody twitter account for it. 

This notion may sound odd at first. It makes sense that there would be a parody account for, say, Bill Cosby, or Donald Trump. But even a cursory examination reveals twitter accounts for just about everything - The Ikea Monkey, The AP Stylebook, British video game designer Peter Molyneux, the chair Clint Eastwood talked to at the Republican National Convention, Bill Nye the science guy. Comedian Jake Fogelnest pre-emptively created a Russian meteor parody account to keep others from doing so. It didn't work. The list goes on, but they are almost all comparably one note, unfunny, lazy grabs at followers.

You may be wondering why I thought to write about this at all. Yesterday, we released an episode of the TLDR podcast about a couple of people who are trying to debunk viral hoaxes on the internet. It's an admirable pursuit, but doesn't really lend itself to comedy. Which is why I was so surprised to see a tweet on our timeline last night from an account that parodied debunkers. The account, "Brum Truth Sleuth" devotes itself to jokingly verifying or debunking tweets, mostly ones about Birmingham, England.

So there you have it. Goldman's Law of Lazy Jokes in action. Expect to see parody twitter accounts in the near future for all kinds of things; a twerking butt, a single shoe in a puddle, a USB key, a Gutenberg bible, a dirty colander, me, you, everything. I mean, it's the law.