Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Dissecting the Facebook Swine Flu Fan Page

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Also, stay tuned for the upcoming fan pages for Date Rape, Puppy Mills, Choking On Large Pieces Of Food, Parking In Handicapped Spots, Home Foreclosure, World Hunger, and Drivers Who Step On The Brake Repeatedly Even Though There’s No One In Front Of Them.

29 Comments:

Blogger Vanilla said...

This is great news. I've been looking for a way to tell everyone on facebook that I'm an asshole, but just making it my status seemed too obvious.

April 29, 2009 at 12:46:00 PM EDT  
Blogger danielle970 said...

My JEWISH law school just had a swine flu outbreak. All the rabbis are walking around in HAZMAT suits. Oh the jokes I could make....

April 29, 2009 at 1:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Meg said...

You forgot AIDS.

April 29, 2009 at 1:38:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Amy said...

Holy cow, what's wrong with people?

April 29, 2009 at 2:21:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Mo said...

Also: Cancer and Venereal Disease.

April 29, 2009 at 5:00:00 PM EDT  
Blogger ~E said...

That's how you know the world is coming to an end...when deadly viruses get their own facebook page and ashton kutcher becomes the most popular twitter-er.

If you need me Ill be under my desk with a bottle of water and a flashlight.

April 29, 2009 at 8:21:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it amazing how irony is lost on people? Or even spelling? BRAKE, not BREAK.

April 30, 2009 at 1:24:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go back to your pizza, bagels, and tanning and leave the commentary to someone else with the ability to see the obvious. Irony- get with it or keep your back jokes to yourself..I'd be a fan of almost any of those things. (but since apparently this parenthetical is necessary: I wouldn't seriously be a fan of any of them)

April 30, 2009 at 1:32:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Smith said...

You should just call this page "Im a douchebag with no sense of humor who uses any oppurtunity possible to make myself feel holier than thou and sanctimonious" idiot...
/get a helmet this is the internet

April 30, 2009 at 1:42:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous L said...

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8674401787208020885

April 30, 2009 at 1:45:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Alymaybe said...

I have two theories. Most of my friends who are fans of it are actually just using it to monitor via their mini-feed because they don't regularly follow news sites since that's what "fan pages" are really about these days- monitoring things that matter to people. You're taking "fan" FAR too literally.

Or, it could be people's coping mechanism for fear- sometimes it comes in laughter and we (as humans) have to tolerate people who have different fear responses. I don't think people are going to fan "date rape" over this- this is just to try and cope with a freaking scary event.

April 30, 2009 at 1:59:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Hollie said...

Um... becoming a fan is the only way you can gain access to the page. If the group was called "Humourous information on Swine Flu" would you feel a bit better, dipshit?

April 30, 2009 at 2:56:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, all of you people getting upset about how Dan's missed the "irony" of the facebook page are clearly missing the point of Dan's post... if you have ever read any of this other posts you would know that he has never posted a thing that could be even remotely characterized as sanctimonious.

April 30, 2009 at 7:24:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly missing the point. Swine Flu is thus far way less dangerous than REGULAR flu, not to mention everyday things like driving. The absolute batsh*t hysteria of the media, however, is extremely amusing. You'd think the Black Plague was back by the way they're acting, and that is why I'm a fan of Swine Flu.

Lighten up!

April 30, 2009 at 7:43:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Josh said...

I'm also a fan of fire, but that doesn't mean I'd like to have someone throw gasoline on me and light a match. As a matter of fact, I can think of a relatively small number of people I'd wish that upon. However, based on the reactions of some of the commenters here, I will be watching my back.

April 30, 2009 at 9:25:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Dan said...

Hey, guys. You're all totally invited! Just remember - it's BYO self-righteous indignation.

April 30, 2009 at 10:44:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Dan O said...

# of US schools closed in response to H1N1 threat: 100+
# of confirmed US H1N1 deaths: 1

WHO H1N1 Pandemic Alert Level: +1, to 5 ("world outbreak imminent")
Number of confirmed Mexican H1N1 deaths: -13, to 7 from 20 ("Whoops! My bad!")

April 30, 2009 at 11:08:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well now look, people selling T-shirts from the Swine Flu outbreak!

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=76248174231#/pages/Swine-of-09-Official-Store-T-shirt-Cups-and-More/73321106697?ref=mf

April 30, 2009 at 12:06:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps this fan page is a better fit for you...http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#/group.php?sid=b6990931d24f872768248bf91a868795&gid=54698931859&ref=search

April 30, 2009 at 4:01:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Trooper Thorn said...

15,000 thousand people will have to die this year in North America from Swine Flu before influenza and pneumonia takes over from diabetes as the #6 killer. A big move from 2.5% of deaths to 3.5% of deaths.

April 30, 2009 at 7:26:00 PM EDT  
Blogger HMcEwen said...

my god people, its a page that it highlighting the hyping of the media induced flu panic.

the only deaths have been in areas of low health care and 1 case in a 22 month old child who probably hasn't been exposed to the flu yet. Deaths have been due to pneumonia, which is completely treatable.

Death is an indirect cause of the virus, and chances are you'll have slight immunity to it so long as you've been exposed to a similar lesser flu virus that contains the H1 or N1 antigens

Honestly people, people have made worse jokes about diseases that have killed more than this one and haven't received any back lash. Stop buying into media hype and learn to think for yourselves

April 30, 2009 at 8:11:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Dana said...

WTF is going on with the comments section? How did all the humorless find their way here?

May 1, 2009 at 9:39:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i can't believe Dan doesn't have anything to say to the Swine Flu Fans who have been commenting.

I do:
Relax and read the rest of the blog - you'll realize that everything that is posted here is for comedic effect.

You have to admit that seeing a fan page for Swine Flu does appear absurd on the surface, and is therefore a good target for observational humour.

Now unwind the granny panties from your crack.

May 1, 2009 at 10:59:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh wait, dan has already spoken.

May 1, 2009 at 11:02:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Kelly said...

The invitation to join the Scarcasm group may have been ignored...

The angry comments are making this post even better.

May 1, 2009 at 2:00:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

I'm thinking "the face of swine flue" is not a compliment.

May 2, 2009 at 3:23:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous lalalalalalalalalalalalala said...

OMG PEOPLE!!!!

Swine Flu is less potent, less dangerous, and less lethal than the common everyday influenza. It has killed less people than the common flu ever did in the same amount of time. This page is to make fun of the rediculous amount of hype going on about NOTHING.

May 6, 2009 at 6:12:00 PM EDT  
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