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Wil Wheaton is an American actor and writer known for his portrayal of the character Wesley Crusher in the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. He has gathered a notable following online due to a strong presence on sites like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Reddit.
Wheaton’s acting debut in a major motion picture was as the voice of Martin Brisby in the 1982 animated film The Secret of NIMH (shown below, left). In 1986, Wheaton starred as the protagonist Gordie Lachance in the drama comedy film Stand By Me (shown below, right).
Srom 1987 to 1990, Wheaton portrayed the character Wesley Crusher in the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation (shown below, left). In 2009, Wheaton began appearing as himself in episodes of the television sitcom The Big Bang Theory (shown below, right).
On March 12th, 2006, Wheaton created an account on the social news site Reddit. On March 24th, he created the “Will Wheaton” YouTube channel, garnering over 1.73 million video views in the first eight years. On April 3rd, 2008, Wheaton created his personal Tumblr blog. On February 7th, 2012, he created a Facebook page, which gathered upwards of 141,000 followers in the next two years. Wheaton maintains the site WillWheaton.net, which contains a blog and links to his various social media accounts. As of November 2013, Wheaton has received more than 2.45 million followers on Twitter.
Wheaton’s Law is an internet axiom which states “Don’t be a dick.” It was originally used in the context of sportsmanship in online gaming but its scope was eventually expanded to apply to life in general. Wheaton first uttered the expression during his keynote speech at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in August 2007.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Parodies
Wheaton is often featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation Parodies, in scenes featuring his character Wesley Crusher.
“Literally Hitler” is a hyperbolic expression that can be used to denounce an individual or group as being worse than the German Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. On January 2nd, 2012, Redditor chromiumsun submitted a video to the /r/videos subreddit, in which actor Will Wheaton accuses the Kardashian family as being “more depressing to me than Hitler” (shown below). In the comments section, many Redditors mocked Wheaton’s statement by referencing the “literally Hitler” meme.
Elyse Porterfield Dry Erase Board Hoax
Wheaton parodied the Elyse Porterfield dry erase board hoax in August of 2010, when he announced that he was quitting the website w00tstock using dry erase boards.
On November 14th, 2013, Wheaton tweeted a photograph of himself making a thumbs up hand gesture inviting viewers to photoshop the picture.
Okay, photoshoppers, get to work. We're all counting on you. pic.twitter.com/270eUOyss3— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) November 14, 2013
That day, many Twitter users responded with photoshopped variations of the image. Also on November 14th, the Internet news blog The Daily Dot published an article about the photoshop meme.
On November 15th, the Photoshop Will Wheaton Tumblr blog was launched, highlighting notable photoshopped images of Wheaton (shown below).
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