February 10, 2008 - Anomymous in London....
Okay, the thing is, while reading along and nodding, it occurred to me that I one day want the opportunity to shout these two things as part of a group in public:
Sometimes we cheered and clapped, sometimes we shouted "TL;DR!"
A friend had a banner with "SCIENTOLOGY MAKES ME A SAD PANDA!" which the media snapped a lot, we chanted it for a bit, then started demanding to know why Xenu/Tom Cruise/Scientology hated pandas.
The rest of the entry is pretty darn funny, btw. If anyone sees any other entries on this, link please?
Here is an estimated world headcount for Feb 10.
You know, I'm torn. Half of me feels like I'm documenting this like I'm watching some rare species of wildlife in its native habitat, then the rest of me notices I'm in half the shots I'm taking. Or at least parts of my internet culture are. And that's the part of me that makes it impossible to share with pretty much three quarters of the people I know IRL; the background alone is a dissertation.
And how does one explain the panda without excusing yourself for fits of hysteria? Really?
ETA: Updated late, because I suddenly became strangely busy at work.
From serabut -- About the raids and, in serabut's words, a very newbie-friendly intro.
From elenlita -- The Protest in Atlanta with riot police!
And apparently, March 15 is the next signficant day in Chanology.
Also check Encyclopedia Dramatica (which is never work safe, ever, even when you are on a page that could not possibly have porn, there will be porn, I can almost guarantee this) with updates to Project Chanology/IRL Protest Page (seriously! A page devoted to this!) and Project Chanology's own page and, yes, one more, Project Chanology Media Coverage.
And finally, Wikipedia updates its Chanology information.
A few more links in comments, should anyone want to follow along. This is just interesting.
This is now under the tag A Versus S while I wander along blinking thoughtfully and slowly but surely catching up on the history of so many internet memes I never knew came from 4chan. Who knew?