Monday, January 23, 2006

Du bist Deutschland

The intriguing appearance of the above phrase at the top of the Technorati rankings inspired me to do a little searching. It relates to a German public service media campaign which was parodied by bloggers when it came out last year, not least because the slogan may have been used by the Nazis in the 1930s. Now Jean-Remy von Matt, the head of one of the ad agencies involved, has responded by calling blogs "Klowände des Internets" ("the toilet walls of the internet") and wants to know "what on earth gives every computer owner the right to exude their opinion, unasked for?" (Sums up the EU elite’s attitude towards the plebs rather well, doesn’t it?) German bloggers have now recognised how silly they've been and apologised to Herr von Matt. Nah, only kidding - they've done the one thing you'd expect and let rip with a new round of spoofs, often themed around toilet walls. Here are a couple of examples from a flickr group:

Who says the Germans don’t have a sense of humour?

More on this here and here.


Blogger Span Ows said...

ROFL!!!! You must remeber what that means from your 'Board' days...that second 'here' link at the bottom,re the GAS...Jeez! That is a BIG (very funny, really!) fact,I've nearly wet myself agian

10:03 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

I've nearly wet myself again

You really ought to see someone about that.

11:14 pm  

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