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Encyclopedia Dramatica
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HTTPS://EDPUBLIC.ROCKENHAUS.COM/ED:ABOUT WORK=ENCYCLOPEDIA DRAMATICA, January 5, 2018, }}Encyclopedia Dramatica (often abbreviated EDNEWS, Paget, Henri, Interview: Encyclopedia Dramatica moderator,weblink ninemsn, March 9, 2010, March 10, 2010,weblink" title="">weblink October 1, 2012, and æ) is a parody-themed website, consisting of a wiki that uses MediaWiki software. Launched on December 10, 2004, it lampoons encyclopedia topics and current events, especially those related or relevant to contemporary Internet culture. It often serves as a repository of information and a means of discussion for the internet subculture known as Anonymous.{{citation| title = Dramatica owner could face charges| publisher = ninemsn| first = Henri| last = Paget| url =weblink| date = March 16, 2010archiveurl= safe for work>NSFW Internet site celebrates a Counterculture "Troll (Internet)>trolling Internet culture", and documents Internet memes, cyberculture>culture, and events, such as mass organized pranks, trolling events, "raids", large-scale failures of Internet security, and criticism of Internet communities which are accused of self-censorship in order to garner prestige or positive coverage from traditional and established media outlets.Journalist Julian Dibbell described Encyclopædia Dramatica as the site "where the vast parallel universe of Anonymous in-jokes, catchphrases, and obsessions is lovingly annotated, and you will discover an elaborate trolling culture: Flamingly racist, homophobic and misogynist content lurks throughout, all of it calculated to offend."{{citation first = Julian| title = The Assclown Offensive: How to Enrage the Church of Scientology| url =weblink| publisher = Wired Magazine| accessdate= November 27, 2009| date = September 21, 2009}}. The site is known for its clickbait advertisements all around it, in addition to having no rules. Ninemsn described Encyclopædia Dramatica as:"Pseudopedia's evil twin. It’s a site where almost every article is biased, offensive, unsourced, and without the faintest trace of political correctness. A search through its archives will reveal animated images of people committing suicide, articles glorifying extreme racism and sexism, and a seemingly endless supply of twisted, shocking views on just about every major human tragedy in history."On April 14, 2011, the original URL of the site was redirected to a new website named 'Oh Internet' that bore little resemblance to Encyclopedia Dramatica. Parts of the ED community harshly criticized the changes.NEWS, Popkin, Helen A.S., Notorious NSFW website cleans up its act,weblink Digital Life on MSNBC, April 18, 2011, April 19, 2011, yes,weblink" title="">weblink November 1, 2011, mdy-all, On the night of the Encyclopedia Dramatica shutdown, regular ED visitors bombarded the 'Oh Internet' Facebook wall with hate messages.WEB,weblink Robert, Quigley, Encyclopedia Dramatica Becomes OhInternet, Geekosystem, April 15, 2011, April 15, 2011, The Web Ecology Project made a downloadable archive of former Encyclopedia Dramatica content.WEB,weblink Archiving Internet Subculture: Encyclopedia Dramatica, Alex, Leavitt, April 15, 2011, Web Ecology Project, September 29, 2011, BOOK, Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan's Army Conquered the Web, Stryker, Cole, 2011, Overlook Press, New York, New York, 1-59020-738-6, 155,weblink September 29, 2011, Fan-made torrents and several mirrors of the original site were subsequently generated,WEB,weblink What? Encyclopedia Dramatica is evolving!, Jeff, Hughes, Digital Trends, April 19, 2011, April 26, 2011, before the wiki located at (formerly,, and emerged as the only one still active.


The original

Encyclopædia Dramatica was founded in 2004 by Sherrod DeGrippo, also known by the online pseudonym "Girlvinyl".NEWS, Schwartz, Mattathias, Malwebolence,weblink The New York Times Magazine, August 3, 2008, August 1, 2008, DeGrippo found LiveJournal (LJ Drama) in 2000 and became enthralled by the behavior of some of its members:People were accessible and it was bidirectional. Voyeurs and exhibitionists were able to interact in a way that was normalized. That’s why I started ED. It was mostly just personalities that were just so nuts and fascinating.BOOK, Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan's Army Conquered the Web, Stryker, Cole, 2011, Overlook Press, New York, New York, 1-59020-738-6, 137–9,weblink September 30, 2011, She became involved in the LJdrama community, which covered stories on LiveJournal gossip. When the community was banned from LiveJournal, they created their own website. In 2002, two LiveJournal users, Joshua Williams (aka mediacrat) and Andrewpants, became intimately involved with each other. After they broke off their relationship, LJdrama decided to document the resulting drama. Unflattering photographs of Williams were spread on the web, and Williams considered this to be harassment. He threatened legal action, traveled to Portland, Oregon, in order to speak to LiveJournal's abuse team, and reported the alleged harassment to a local TV news station. DeGrippo created Encyclopedia Dramatica in order to "house some information from livejournal and some drama about hackers Theo DeRaadt and Darren Reed."WEB, Read, Max, What Happened to Encyclopedia Dramatica?,weblink Gawker, April 16, 2011, April 19, 2011, yes,weblink" title="">weblink May 14, 2011, mdy, Encyclopedia Dramatica characterized itself as being "In the spirit of Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary." The New York Times Magazine recognized the wiki as "an online compendium of troll humor and troll lore" that it labeled a "troll archive". C't, a European magazine for IT professionals, noted the site's role in introducing newcomers to the culture of 4chan's /b/, a notorious Internet imageboard. Encyclopædia Dramatica defines trolling in terms of doing things "for the lulz" (for laughs), a phrase that it qualifies as "a catchall explanation for any trolling you do."{{citation first = Alexia| title = My Date With Anonymous: A Rare Interview With the Elusive Internet Troublemakers| url =weblink| periodical = LA Weekly| accessdate= August 11, 2009| date = February 4, 2009}}.The targets of this trolling come from "every pocket of the Web",{{citation| last = Dibbell| first = Julian| date = January 18, 2008| accessdate= August 11, 2009| title = Mutilated Furries, Flying Phalluses: Put the Blame on Griefers, the Sociopaths of the Virtual World| periodical = Wired| issue = 16.02| url =weblink}}. to include not only the non-(wiktionary:corporeal|corporeal) aspects of Internet phenomena, (e.g. online catchphrases, fan pages, forums, and viral phenomena), but also real people (e.g. amateur celebrities, identifiable internet drama participants and even Encyclopædia Dramatica's own forum members). These are derided in a manner described variously as "coarse", "offensive", "obscene",{{citation| author = Staff Writer| title = 2 Do: Monday, December 26| periodical = Chicago Tribune RedEye Edition| page = 2political correctness>politically incorrect", "crude but hilarious", and "crude and abusive".{{citation last = Peckham| title = Encyclopedia Dramatica| url =weblink| periodical = Chico News & Review| date = February 7, 2008| accessdate= May 16, 2008}}. The material is presented to appear comprehensive, with extensive use of shock-value prose, drawings, photographs, and the like. The emotional responses are then added to the articles, often in similarly derogatory or inflammatory manner, with the purpose of provoking further emotional response. Adherents of the practice assert that visitors to the website "shouldn't take anything said on Dramatica seriously."Articles at Encyclopædia Dramatica are particularly critical of MySpace{{citation first = John| title = Megabits and Pieces: The Latest Teen Hangout| periodical = North Adams TranscriptYouTube, LiveJournal, DeviantART, Tumblr, and Wikipedia. In The New York Times Magazine, journalist Jonathan Dee described it as a "(wikt:snarky>snarky) Wikipedia anti-fansite".{{citation last = Dee| title = All the News That's Fit to Print Out| url =weblink| periodical = The New York Times Magazine| page = 5| accessdate= August 11, 2009| date = July 1, 2007}}. Shaun Davies of Australia's Nine Network called it "Wikipedia's bastard child, a compendium of internet trends and culture which lampoons every subject it touches."{{citation
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}}. This coverage of Internet jargon and memes had been acknowledged in the New Statesman,{{citation| url =weblink| title = A lesson in hai culture| last = Hogge| first = Betty| date = June 5, 2008| accessdate = June 11, 2008| periodical = The New Statesman}}. on Language Log,{{citation| url =weblink| contribution = Lol-lexicography| title = Language Log| accessdate = August 25, 2008| last = Zimmer| first = Benjamin| date = May 18, 2007}}. in C't magazine,{{citation| last = Himmelein| first = Gerald| title = Das Trollparadies| periodical = C't| pages = 100–101online copy {{webarchive>url= Wired (magazine)>Wired magazine.According to Sherrod DeGrippo,As long as something wasn’t submitted as illegal or an abuse complaint, I didn’t even see it. Wikis are something that you either closely, closely monitor and manage, or you just let it go.BOOK, Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan's Army Conquered the Web, Stryker, Cole, 2011, Overlook Press, New York, New York, 1-59020-738-6, 140,weblink September 30, 2011, On December 8, 2010, Encyclopædia Dramatica deleted its article on Operation Payback.WEB,weblink Noose Closes Around Pro-Wikileaks Vigilantes, Ryan, Tate, December 8, 2010, Gawker, July 30, 2011, yes,weblink" title="">weblink August 12, 2011, mdy, On the same day, Facebook deleted its Operation Payback page, and Twitter suspended Operation Payback's account.WEB,weblink Facebook and Twitter Suspend Operation Payback Accounts, Mike, Isaac, December 8, 2010, Forbes, July 30, 2011, An anonymous source told Gawker that the Encyclopedia Dramatica article was deleted as the result of court orders.

Oh Internet

{{anchor|ohinternet}}(File:Oh Internet homepage screenshot.png|thumb|Oh Internet main page)DeGrippo reportedly "came to hate" Encyclopædia Dramatica.BOOK, Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan's Army Conquered the Web, Stryker, Cole, 2011, Overlook Press, New York, New York, 1-59020-738-6, 142,weblink September 29, 2011, She had hoped that ED would return to its roots and focus on LiveJournal drama.BOOK, Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan's Army Conquered the Web, Stryker, Cole, 2011, Overlook Press, New York, New York, 1-59020-738-6, 141,weblink September 30, 2011, On April 14, 2011, the URL was redirected to "Oh Internet", an entirely different safe-for-work website that DeGrippo had created.WEB,weblink Encyclopedia Dramatica gone for good, Kim, LaCapria, April 15, 2011, The Inquisitr, May 28, 2011, The name "Oh Internet" is meant to convey "Oh, Internet, you are so crazy!"Stryker, p. 142. DeGrippo stated that "Shock for shock’s sake is old at this point [...] ." Some regular users of Encyclopædia Dramatica were displeased by the change and attacked the website's official Facebook fan page with "hate messages and pornography".In a question and answer session at the ROFLCon summit in October 2011, DeGrippo was asked why Encyclopædia Dramatica was closed and replaced with Oh Internet. She replied: "We were unable to stop the degradation of the content. It just kept getting longer and longer and dumber and dumber and less and less coherent over time."ROFLCon Summit – Internet Underground – Part 2 YouTube, November 11, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2011. She also explained why she had not released the site as an archive, saying that she "didn't want to", and suggesting that this would have made her personally responsible for any DMCA and privacy violations that it contained.ROFLCon Summit – Internet Underground – Part 3 YouTube, November 11, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2011. She also stated that hosting Encyclopædia Dramatica caused her to have troubles involving the FBI.ROFLCon Summit – Internet Underground – Part 4 YouTube, November 11, 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2012. Oh Internet has been offline since late 2013.WEB,weblink Encyclopedia Dramatica: It could be funnier, Eric, Barbour, Wikipedia sucks (and so do its critics), 2015-12-10, 2018-04-06,

Succession of domains

Ryan Cleary hosted a fork of Encyclopædia Dramatica at encyclopediadramatica.chNEWS, Anonymous DDoSed by mutineer, Darren, Pauli,weblink CRN Magazine, May 10, 2011, June 1, 2011, Members of this project gathered text and images from Google's web cache and other backups, and a script was created to upload cached information. On June 21, 2011, Scotland Yard arrested Ryan Cleary based on alleged connections to online attacks on Sony.WEB,weblink Teenager arrested on suspicion of hacking, July 21, 2011, BBC News, July 28, 2011, WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, January 19, 2013, Hacker group LulzSec downplays arrest, claims Brazil attack, Richard Allen, Greene, June 22, 2011, CNN, February 4, 2012, The arrest temporarily disrupted operation of the wiki, but other members were able to resume Cleary's duties. Garrett E. Moore later became the fork's owner. Moore reported difficulties in securing a host for the website.On March 19, 2012, was shut down for a short time due to a "DNS block". On March 21, 2012, the site moved to a Swedish domain name, at, instead of a domain in Switzerland as before. The site's Facebook account later addressed the block, stating that it was because "we didn't keep up our end of the user agreement contract stating that we had to keep a mailing address and phone number in Switzerland."NEWS, Encyclopedia Dramatica suffers minor outage, Fruzsina Eördögh,weblink The Daily Dot, March 21, 2012, March 21, 2012, In September 2013, the site changed its domain to, Encyc Dramatica æ, ED_Updates, 380439272513609728, September 18, 2013, Hi we're back! - ED is now atweblink tell your friends!, September 21, 2013,weblink December 19, 2014, In October 2014, the site returned to the .se domain.TWEET, Encyc Dramatica æ, ED_Updates, 519339941479055360, Some of the internal links might be set to .es for a bit until we change them all. Make sure your browser saysweblink October 6, 2014, October 13, 2014,weblink October 13, 2014, In January 2018, the site changed its domain to, Encyclopædia Dramatica, EDdotSE, 844692990987816960, March 22, 2017, New domain extension, update you bookmarks:, Garrett E. Moore, the operator of a fork of Encyclopædia Dramatica located at ( at the time), told an interviewer for The Daily Dot:People take themselves too seriously, they can't laugh at anything. We make fun of everything. I make fun of skinny white computer nerds, but I am one.WEB,weblink Encyclopedia Dramatica's seething satire is back, Fruzsina, Eordogh, July 26, 2011, The Daily Dot, July 28, 2011, When asked about "abusive content", Moore stated that he removes it when he sees it, then further explained:I'm not going to leave a 14 year old girl's address up on a page cause some dipshit got mad at her and made an article. But if you dress up like a fox and wear diapers and then take pictures of it? That's fair game, sir.In a later interview with The Daily Dot, Moore defended his community's belief in free speech.WEB,weblink Encyclopedia Dramatica is back up but still experiencing drama, Fruzsina, Eordogh, September 6, 2011, The Daily Dot, September 9, 2011, In January 2013, a video game created by EDF user "gizmo01942" came to the attention of the media. The game, Bullet To The Head Of The NRA was controversial because the player could take aim and shoot at members of the National Rifle Association.WEB, Schreier, Jason,weblink Someone Made A Game In Which You Shoot The Head Of The NRA, Kotaku, January 16, 2013, October 26, 2016, In February 2015, Muhammad Sex Simulator 2015, another video game by the same EDF user, attracted further controversy because of the then-recent Charlie Hebdo shootings.WEB,weblink An Idiot Made a Game Called 'Muhammad Sex Simulator, Akers, Royce,, United Kingdom, February 9, 2015, April 13, 2015,


The website received mainstream media attention after Jason Fortuny used Encyclopædia Dramatica to post photographs, e-mails and phone numbers from 176 responses to a Craigslist advertisement he posted in 2006, in which he posed as a woman seeking sexual encounters with dominant men.{{citation| first = Neva| last = Chonin| title = Sex and the City| url =weblink| periodical = San Francisco Chronicle| page = 20| accessdate= August 11, 2009| date = September 17, 2006}}. The incident was addressed in a blog hosted at Wired News, where the blogger proposes that Encyclopædia Dramatica may be the "world's lamest wiki".NEWS,,weblink Craigslist, September 8, 2006, January 12, 2010, yes,weblink" title="">weblink January 11, 2010, mdy, In 2006, "a well-known band of trolls" emailed Encyclopædia Dramatica's creator, DeGrippo, demanding edits to the protected (i.e. locked) article describing them. After she refused to do so, the trolls ordered taxis, pizzas, escort services and sent death threats and threats of rape to DeGrippo's apartment.Encyclopædia Dramatica became a "favourite target for critics, who accuse Anonymous of propagating hate," for allowing alleged members of the group to sometimes use the website as a platform. Through this association, Encyclopædia Dramatica received incidental coverage when actions by members of Anonymous led to the arrest of an alleged pedophile,{{citation first = Gus| title = Anonymous operation leads to arrest of alleged pedophile| url =weblink| periodical = Global Television Network News| date = July 12, 2007| accessdate = May 14, 2011}}. when they demonstrated against Scientology in London;{{citation first = Tom| title = Scientology: the Anonymous protestors| url =weblink| periodical = The Times| accessdate= May 14, 2011| date = June 20, 2008| location=London|archiveurl=|archivedate=June 15, 2011 }}.{{citation first = Joe| date = February 11, 2008| title = Anonymous Protests Outside Scientology Sites| url =weblink| periodical = Londonist| accessdate = August 25, 2008Republican Party (United States)>Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin,{{citation first = Ryan | date = September 19, 2008| title = Palin Hacker Group's All-Time Greatest Hits| url =weblink| periodical = Wired| accessdate = August 25, 2008| publisher =}}. and when a member of Anonymous claimed credit for an attack on the virtual Second Life headquarters of former presidential candidate John Edwards.{{citation first = Lou| date = March 8, 2007| title = John Edwards' Virtual Attackers Unmasked| url =weblink| periodical = AlterNet| accessdate = May 14, 2011| publisher =| archiveurl =weblink" title="">weblinkFIRST=LOU DATE=MARCH 5, 2007 PUBLISHER=10 ZEN MONKEYS, November 10, 2011, The convergence of Encyclopædia Dramatica with the anti-Scientology campaign of Project Chanology was noted by technology journalist Julian Dibbell.{{citation
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}}.On December 16, 2008, Encyclopædia Dramatica won the People's Choice Winners category for favorite wiki in Mashable's 2nd Annual Open Web Awards, with wikiHow as the runner-up and Wikipedia coming in 3rd.{{citation first = Pete| url =weblink| chapter = People's Choice Winners| title = Open Web Awards Winners| date = December 16, 2008| accessdate= August 11, 2009| publisher =}}.In December 2008, a message on Encyclopædia Dramatica asked for donations and claimed that the website was under attack and had lost its advertisers.NEWS, Golson, Jordan, Briefly: Encyclopedia Dramatica threatens shutdown,weblink The Industry Standard, November 8, 2008, May 14, 2011,weblink" title="">weblink May 15, 2009, In January 2010, the Encyclopædia Dramatica article Aboriginal was removed from the search engine results of Google Australia, after a lawyer filed a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission saying its content was racist.{{citation| title = Google agrees to take down racist site| publisher = Sydney Morning Herald| url =weblink| accessdate = May 14, 2011Racial Discrimination Act 1975>Racial Discrimination Act (RDA).{{citation| title = Aus Media Gets Encyclopedia Dramatica Story Wrong, Only Some Search Links Removed| publisher = The Inquisitr| first = Duncan| last = Riley| url =weblink| date = January 14, 2010| accessdate = January 15, 2010}}.{{citation| title = Australian Anti Discrimination Act ComplaintChilling Effects (group)>Chilling Effects| url =weblinkStreisand effect>raise the profile of the site.HTTP://WWW.ABC.NET.AU/TV/HUNGRYBEAST/STORIES/GOOGLE-AUSTRALIA-CENSORS-SEARCH-RESULTS-WTF/ >TITLE=GOOGLE AUSTRALIA CENSORS SEARCH RESULTS. WTF? LAST=KEEP WORK=HUNGRY BEAST ACCESSDATE=MAY 28, 2011, In March 2010, it was reported that the Australian Human Rights Commission had notified the site by e-mail that according to Australian law, the article Aboriginal could be in breach of Sections 18C and 18D of its RDA.


In 2016, a United Kingdom court determined an ED user must pay £10,000 in libel damages for making false statements about a person.WEB,weblink, Encyclopedia Dramatica user hit with £10k damages after calling ex-councillor a 'paedo', July 29, 2016, Gareth, Corfield, In 2017, a suit was launched against the website seeking US$750,000 for alleged copyright infringement.WEB,weblink, David, Gilmour, The lawsuit that could kill Encyclopedia Dramatica, July 5, 2017, Monsarrat is now suing Encyclopedia Dramatica for alleged copyright infringement and seeking a total of $750,000 in damages., The 'life-threatening'WEB,weblink, October 4, 2017, Jon, Christian, Everipedia is the Wikipedia for being wrong, Encyclopedia Dramatica, which is currently facing a life-threatening copyright lawsuit, is an ad-supported cesspool of surreal troll humor founded by online provocateur Sherrod DeGrippo in 2004., suit is by millionaire Jonathan Monsarrat.WEB,weblink, The Pedobear Motion Practice You’ve Been Waiting For, Elie, Mystal, October 25, 2017, Out there in meme-culture, a major lawsuit is happening. Encyclopedia Dramatica, "Wikipedia’s evil twin," is being sued by Jonathan Monsarrat, an eccentric millionaire.,

See also




  • Stryker, Cole. Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan's Army Conquered the Web. Penguin Books, 2011. {{ISBN|1590207386}}, 9781590207383.

External links

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