Monday, September 27, 2010

Fail Nation: A Visual Romp Through the World of Epic Fails / Community, eds.

The word "fail" has taken on a different meaning in this new millenium. No longer does it indicate a mere lack of success, limited achievability or inadequate results. Nowadays it's become a hip term in the American slang vocabulary, connoting mishaps, mistakes and other ironical human failings of extraordinary imbecility or of an otherwise ludicrously tragic nature. Something or someone may deemed a "fail" or even an "epic fail" in situations when the circumstances are absurdly ridiculous to the point of being just plain pitiful (see image at right). An extensive network of online contributors has taken it upon themselves to maintain an interactive website, a blog actually called, which chronicles the world of fails, epic fails and other occasions of humanity's inglorious shortcomings. The book Fail Nation offers a generous sample of the blog's material though certainly only a small portion of the website's multitude of funny anecdotes. (818.602 FAIL)

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