Internet Fight

Internet Fight

Updated Feb 05, 2018 at 03:40AM EST by Y F.

Added Dec 28, 2010 at 07:14PM EST by Adam DeLand.

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Arguingon the internet Yeah, itspretty much like this.


"Internet Fight" or "Internet Argument" is a term that is used to ridicule the hyper-aggressive and often futile nature of verbal feuds and flame wars that take place online.


The fruitless nature of online arguments has been mocked since as early as March 2005, when Rich "Lowtax" Kyanka posted a guide to winning an internet argument on SomethingAwful.[6] By September 2006, the phrase "internet argument" was defined on Urban Dictionary[7] as "something that idiots do online." The phrase evolved into an image macro caption by 2007[9], paired with a photo later known as "Girl Yelling at Yak." One of the earliest archived uses of the image was posted to 4chan's /b/ (random) board on May 21st, 2007. However, since the entire thread was not archived, the context of the post is unknown.

Anonymous 05/21/07(Mon)23:12:4 No.27542278 Did anyone actually login into the site and check to see if longcat is actually gone. It could be a diversion... Dr. Tran 05/21/07(Mon)23:12:5 No.27542286 File :1179803574397 ipg-(135 KB, 500x372, internet argument.jpg >27541923 >27541912 lol INTERNET FIGHT INTERNET ARGUMENT >> □ Anonymous 05/21/07(Mon)23: 13:0 No.27542297 >275 Victory BUT AT WHAT COST?!


As early as 2002, an image macro depicting a young boy with Down Syndrome excitedly running on a track has been found with the caption "Arguing on the Internet is like running in the Special Olympics: Even if you win, you're still retarded." The image was used in a similar manner to "Internet Fight" response images, hoping to bring an end to a flame war. One of the earliest archived usages took place in June 2002 on the Total Annihilation Universe forums[1], where a moderator reported removing it from another thread, sparking a discussion on whether the image was harmless or truly offensive. In September 2006, the phrase was used in the definition of "arguing on the internet" on Urban Dictionary.[2] Though the image and phrase has seemingly fallen out of use, they appeared on the Tribal War forums[3], the Attraction Forums[4] and Yahoo! Answers[5] between 2003 and 2009.

Arguing on the internet is like running in the Special Olympics 191 Even if you win, you re still retarded


In November 2007, the Girl Yelling at Yak photo reappeared on the Newgrounds forum[8] in a thread containing an argument between older members and people who joined the community that year. It was used again in February 2008, in a LiveJournal post[10] and continued to appear on message boards that year, including the KnoxBlab forum.[11] By 2011, reaction gifs with the caption began to appear, including one gif that was submitted to the /r/GIFs[12] subreddit depicting '60s Spider-Man and a foe locked in an endless, looping fistfight (shown below). The post gained 1,192 upvotes, 572 points overall and 7 comments prior to being archived. Between 2012 and 2013, images with the captions "internet fight" or "internet argument" have appeared on Señor Gif[13], Tumblr[14], DamnXD[15], MemeCenter[16] and CollegeHumor[17], among others.


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EPIC INTERNET FIGHT among fandoms of different versions of the same eharacter INTERNET FIGHT INTERNET BATTLE

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