The ‘Star Wars Kid’ and the Dark Side of the Internet

Several years ago, it was impossible to venture onto the Web without coming across footage of an ungainly lad doing his awkward best to reenact a Star Wars lightsaber battle. The "Star Wars Kid" -- as this clip became known -- was one of the Web's first truly viral videos and an incredibly popular meme. The video amassed tens of millions of views and inspired countless parodies and homages, including a particularly famous one by Stephen Colbert for his 2006 "Green Screen … [Read more...]


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