“The most popular theory was that it was the 50 Shades phenomenon – i.e. that people could now read Hitler’s words without being judged”
for their choice of reading material.”
I agree with this theory somewhat. Internet culture, despite all the lofty platitudes about democratization, can be totally amoral and apathetic.
I quote from the description section of the ‘Sweet Brown – Original Report and Autotune Remix’ , a hugely viral music video made out of news footage of a persons house burning.
“Allow me to make this clear, I take no credit for any of the artistic work of this video, I simply brought the original news footage and the “Autotune Remix” together for my own amusement. The remix was made by The Parody Factory.”
It had been discovered that Hitler’s pre-war memoir Mein Kampf was a digital bestseller, leading to a global bout of media hand-wringing and pontificating. One excitable commentator even suggested it was a sign the second Holocaust was imminent.
The only problem with this story is that it’s not true. At all.
Hitler’s “bestselling” performance was first reported by Chris Faraone at Vocativ under the headline Kindle Fuhrer: Mein Kampf Tops Amazon Charts. Then spread like wildfire.
Huge blogs and websites like Gizmodo, Huffington Post, Gawker, Slate, and Salon reported on this phenomenon. Major newspapers also covered the story: the Guardian, New York Daily News, the Daily Mail, and the Los Angeles Times. Television networks got in on the act too, like ABC News
View original post 625 more words