No Context / Out of Context Accounts

No Context / Out of Context Accounts

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No Context / Out of Context Accounts refer to single topic social media pages, blogs, and accounts devoted to posting quotes and screenshots from pieces of popular media without the necessary clips to help the quote make sense, resulting in a phrase or moment the reader can interpret in ways not intended by the media.

Origin

The earliest known "No Context" blog is the Tumblr [5] "Out of Context Science," which regularly posted humorous, out-of-context quotes from science articles. On December 21st, 2010, the blog's first post read:

"Regular stick-carrying has no discernible function," wrote Wrangham and Kahlenberg, "yet it accounted for more than one-third of all stick use."

Spread

One of the earliest accounts devoted to posting quotes without context is @NYTMinusContext, a Twitter account devoted to taking clips of sentences written in the New York Times and posting them without the surrounding words. The account's first tweet was made on November 12th, 2013.[1]


NYT Minus Context @NYTMinusContext Following eminent soloists Translate Tweet 12:53 PM-12 Nov 2013

In 2016, accounts devoted to out-of-context posts began incorporating screenshots. Writing in Vulture,[2] Kathryn VanArendonk pointed to two accounts created in 2016 devoted to out-of-context examples of Louis Theroux's work and The Great British Bakeoff, respectively, helped popularize the type of account (examples shown below).


No Context Louis @NoContextLouis ( Follow ) He's walking around with his willy out. 8:58 AM-1 Aug 2018 no context bake off @nocontextgbbo Follow I like the way you've toasted your nuts 4:23 PM- 14 Sep 2016

More accounts appeared in 2017, working with shows such as The Good Place and Nathan For You (examples shown below).


no context the good place @nocontexttgp Follow We have a category 55 emergency doomsday crisis. 2:30 PM 16 Nov 2017 no context nathan @NathanForYouOoC Follow I had failed everyone. 3:03 PM -27 Oct 2017

Outside of Twitter, one of the most popular kinds of Out of Context accounts are centered on comic books. For example, on Tumblr, popular accounts include outofcontextcomicpanels[3] and outofcontext-comics.[4]


I HAVE FEASTED ON THE NECTARS OF WILD FRUIT IN THE LAND OF THE NORNS HAVE DINED IN THE I EXALTEO HALLS OF THE - GODLY REALMS E 52 THIS DAY, IAM OFFEREDA CREAMSICLE Thanks for visiting come again? e Except Rin & Lene THIS SHEEP YOu SOLD ME IS BROKEN!I!

Various Examples


Out of Context Frasier @oocfrasier Following An overwhelming sense of emptiness and despain 2:36 PM 15 Dec 2017 out of context btvs @nocontextbuffy Follow I'M TWICE THE FOOL IT TAKES TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS 4:14 PM 16 Nov 2018 no context new girl @nickslifeplan Follow one day closer to death! 7:25 PM -2 Nov 2018 You'11 get a bunch of horse semen IF YOU'LL AS SOON AS I BRING ME TOUCHED IT, LOOK SOMETHING MUST HAVE SPILLED IN THERE--INSIDE OF PETER'S IT'S SEEPING UNDERNEATH A MOR WHAT HAPPENED! 1'LL-- | IT GOT ALL S7ICKy/ ROOM OUT FROM ON DEAR HIS DOOR! King Dones @DonesGames Follow Out of context #PokemonLetsGo #Nintend°Switch Who're you, lady? We'll gang u on, too! at Balls! 8:57 PM - 19 Nov 2018

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