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What I Know About X are intentionally low quality slideshow presentations which give bad explanations of what is supposedly the author’s knowledge about the specific topic they only had a vague resource to rely on, created to look like Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. Popular on Tumblr, these presentations are often used to explain popular fandoms and TV shows from the perspective of an outsider whose only knowledge of them comes from Tumblr. When seen on Tumblr, they are often titled “What I know about x from my dash,” referring to their Tumblr dashboards. Hallmarks of the meme include low quality copy and pasting, randomly placed narration and a comic sans font.
One of the earliest slideshows using this approach was posted to Tumblr on October 28th, 2012, by jacknoir-sexual, who used the format to explain the webcomic Homestuck from the perspective of his sister, who had never read it.
Parody PowerPoint Presentations
Outside of Tumblr, there have been many parodies of stereotypical slideshow presentations. In 2000, the current Director of Research at Google Peter Norvig created a slideshow for the Gettysburg Address. On YTMND, there are nearly 30 PowerPoint style pages. The most viewed site, which was created in 2006, depicts Obi-Wan Kenobi (a character from the Star Wars series) giving a presentation about what would happen if the Death Star was attacked. On January 23rd, 2012, the non-profit Growing Leaders uploaded a video to their YouTube channel (shown below) on how to not give a PowerPoint presentation, parodying stereotypical over-the-top slideshows. As of March 2014, the video has over 270,000 views.
On November 2nd, 2013, Tumblr user thesquirtleshavethephonebox created a post titled “What I Know About ’What I Know About My Dash” From My Dash" using the format to comment on the format. On November 11th, 2012, Tumblr user JinnyMoose created a similarly meta post titled “What I Know About Tumblr” (shown below), containing a slideshow giving an explanation about Tumblr itself as well as popular topics on the site. In just over a week the post gained more than 35,000 notes, leading JinnyMoose creating a second part on November 15th. Popular Tumblr tags for the slide shows include What I Know and What I Know About.
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