If you were to analyse the internet from a black box approach (looking at the input and the output without any regard for the internal mechanisms), you would find it primarily to be a machine that transforms images, pictures and sounds into (most of the time) funnier images, pictures and sounds. Sure, a lot of other stuff happens on it, but those are the only real things of value.
As awful it is to commit these words to type, Trump is arguably the most famous person on the planet right now, and whatever he is filmed or recorded or described doing immediately falls into the machine and comes out slightly more palatable than it was before – like this video of Trump rehearsing his maiden speech to Congress earlier today:
Trump, in the back of limo, appears to be practicing his speech pic.twitter.com/oMnSVWXXot
— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) March 1, 2017
The most rational response to this should be disbelief: it is very hard to comprehend that the repetitive, idiosyncratic, and often meaningless garbage that defines his public speaking is in any way rehearsed. Today was a big day for him, though, so maybe it was a one-off.
Not enthralled with Trump talking to himself in a car? Wow, you’re hard to please. Here are some funnier things:
“The Human Torch was denied a bank loan…” https://t.co/A3KoE4Y5ec
— John Brinkman (@jbrink351) March 1, 2017
— Steve King (@steveking_) March 1, 2017
oh my god what is trump up to now pic.twitter.com/0m9h0uxaKS
— brad esposito (@braddybb) March 1, 2017
needs to be synced up to Tim Allen grunts https://t.co/mNplwlwFwq
— Churlish (@Cryptoterra) March 1, 2017
hello darkness my old friend pic.twitter.com/mBoPSOg4q2
— Ziwe (@ziwe) March 1, 2017
The real kicker though was this equal-parts-funny-and-mortifying gem from ‘The Daily Show‘:
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) March 1, 2017
God (or similar) help us all.