Facebook Parenting

Facebook Parenting

Updated May 27, 2014 at 09:40PM EDT by Brad.

Added Feb 10, 2012 at 07:48AM EST by evilrob.

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Facebook Parenting is a YouTube viral video in which father Tommy Jordan responds to one of his daughter Hanna’s disrespectful Facebook posts by shooting her laptop with a pistol on camera.

Origin

On February 8th, 2012, Tommy Jordan posted a video on his Facebook[1] page in which he scolds his 15-year-old daughter Hanna for posting a curse-ridden status update about her parents on her Facebook page. In the video, Jordan reveals that he was able to bypass her security settings which had blocked him from viewing the update. After reciting her Facebook post, Jordan concludes his rebuttal by shooting Hanna’s laptop with a .45 pistol (seen at 7:10 in the video below). The Facebook post received over 74,000 likes, 30,000 shares and the YouTube video accumulated over 20 million views within five days.



Spread

On February 9th, the video was submitted to the /r/videos[9] subreddit by Redditor captainhowdy27 in a post titled “Parenting. You’re doing it right.” The video reached the front page and managed to receive over 14,000 up votes within 4 days. The video was subsequently posted on the tech news site Mashable[4] the same day. On February 10th, the story was picked up by Fox News[2] and the web culture blog UpRoxx.[3] On February 11th, Jordan posted a status update on Facebook[11] responding to the videos’s viral success and revealed he had been visited by child protective services.

“The police by the way said ‘Kudos, Sir’ and most of them made their kids watch it. I actually had a ‘thank you’ from an entire detectives’ squad. And another police officer is using it in a positive manner in his presentation for the school system.”

On February 13th, the story was reported by the New York Times blog[5], Time[6], CNET[7] and MSNBC.[8]

Parody Videos

Several videos were created shortly after the video began spreading portraying Jordan as a southern “redneck”, or using other ethnic stereotypes.

Response Videos

Many response videos were uploaded on YouTube with a variety of opinions regarding Jordan’s disciplinary actions. Some felt that he was correct in shooting his daughters laptop, while others criticized the decision saying it went too far.



Search Interest

Search query volume for “Facebook parenting” rose significantly in February of 2012, the same month the original video was uploaded to YouTube.

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Top Comments

Sandstone
Sandstone

Breakdown:
1. ONE video
2. NO images
3. Origin is just ONE vid that happens to be really popular
4. NO example of internet significance other than it’s viral
5. Created by a new member
Conclusion: It’s pretty popular, but not a meme
Suggested course of action: Deadpool until it spreads farther
It’s called “Know Your Meme”, not “Know Your Viral Video”. Please, wait until it becomes one to submit an article. We’re kind of tired of the recent flood of these kind of entries. But, given that it’s gone viral, it’ll probably grow soon. Still better than that one “Fus Ro Dah gun” one, though.

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