Is the Internet really so fragile, that a picture of one (albeit famous) derriere, could render it useless? Should we brush up on our pre-Web.20 communication methods? Start writing down our favourite recipes? Printing the photos and documents we keep so ‘safely’ in our clouds? Probably not.
Luckily for us, ‘breaking the Internet’ has a less literal connotation – as Time Magazine points out, it’s really a phrase more likened to ‘hijacking the internet’ –when a hype story clogs up our newsfeeds and social media platforms at the expense of more…important stories.
While we can thank Kim for bringing some ‘big’ attention to the ever-changing and increasingly abstract, a la mode semantics of the 21st century – as it turns out, she’s not the only one who has tried to break the Internet.
Here are some other great examples:
3. And my personal favourite: http://i.imgur.com/O00xD.jpg