Just in case any of you missed what my dear colleague has done here, I’d like to reiterate the point.
glenn beck (glen-bek) v. glenn-beck•ed, glenn-beck•ing. 1. To popularize a meme by fighting it judicially under the guise of copyright/patent/trademark infringement. 2. To call attention to a minor issue by means of its attempted squelching. 3. To make a fool of one’s self by publicly sparring a strawman which was purposefully presented as a parody. —n. 1. The act of glenn becking. 2. The act of turning a meme into a supermeme, which evolves into an object lesson in 1st Amendment principles. –glenn-beck•ish adj. –glenn-beck•ly adv.
Usage: Did Glenn Beck glenn beck Glenn Beck?
Related: The Streisand Effect
On August 31, 2009 08:32:26PM on Fark.com, user “oldweevil” birthed the Glenn Beck 1990 meme when he asked, “Why haven’t we had an official response to the rumor that Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990?” (source: pg 7)
This strange query by oldweevil is actually a combination of Beck’s own rhetorical style (e.g. Interview with Congressman Ellison) with The Gottfried Technique. (e.g. Comedy Central’s Roast of Bob Saget).
The cartoon South Park immortalized this rhetorical favoring of Beck’s, and illustrates that the only way to combat it is with satire and humor:Vodpod videos no longer available.
The Panel rejected Beck’s complaint, for reasons too numerous to contain herein (click to download the full WIPO Decision), and he did not win the disputed domain.
However, having proven his point, the registrant handed over the user/pass of disputed domain to Beck in a scathing open letter.