Tumblr Titanic Vid
|Title:||Tumblr Titanic Vid|
|Date:||December 13, 2018|
|Music:||audio clips from the movie Titanic|
|Fandom:||Meta, Titanic, Tumblr|
|URL:||Vid, Archived version|
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"Tumblr Titanic Vid" is a shorthand name for a fanvid made by jackcrumsontheinternet comparing the final days before Tumblr's Dec 17, 2018 adult content shut-down to the final moments of the Titanic ship as depicted in James Cameron's movie Titanic. It uses a key sequence from the film that shows the reaction to, and ultimate fate of, a wide range of passengers as the ship sinks and then adds text overlays to assign each character to Tumblr users.
jackcrumsontheinternet posted the vid on December 13, 2018 with only one line of text: "The time draws near." By the evening of December 15, 2018 it had gathered 194,186 notes. By December 20, 2018 it had gathered over 400,000 notes. The only words spoken in the vid are at the end of the sequence where the ship's violinist turns to the other musicians on deck seconds before dying and solemnly says: “Gentlemen, it has been a privilege playing with you tonight.”
Tumblr's adult content ban impacted a wide range of users, fans and non-fans alike. Here, the Porn Blogs are joined by the Hentai Blogs.
They are then joined by "SFM Porn Artists" and "Too Kinky For Instagram"
Verizon/Yahoo as the clueless and incompetent Captain of Titanic. As one article explained in December 2018: "Verizon took a 4.6 billion writedown on its the media unit, which includes Yahoo and AOL..[the]..brand value is now worth just $200 million... With virtually no goodwill brand value, Oath's overall value (assets and goodwill) is now worth half of what it was a few years ago."
The architect and builder of the Titanic, with its flawed design, is compared to Tumblr Staff. In the upper right is a glass of whiskey on the mantle titled "Mobile App". It was Apple's removal of the Tumblr mobile app from the Apple store that prompted Tumblr to accelerate its plan to ban all adult content in order to sell more ads.
In the movie as the ship begins to tilt before its plunge into the ocean depths, the whiskey glass falls off the mantle. Some viewer see the whiskey glass as the Tumblr Mobile app which was removed from the Apple Store. Others interpret it as saying that Apple too may suffer the same fate as the Titanic. Unsinkable until it hits the wrong iceberg.
This elderly couple chooses to die together in the movie rather than be separated. The husband tenderly kissing his wife before they perish is compared to the many responsible Tumblr users who set up adult side blogs ("Alt Account For Anime Tiddies"), away from their main blogs. Irrevocably tied together to the same user, they will both drown beneath Tumblr's indiscriminate crush of icy water.
Degas' ballerina painting L'Etoile floats as the waters rush into the cabins, illustrating Tumblr's destruction of art and culture. The "Female-Presenting Nipples" is a reference to Tumblr's decision to remove content that showed women's nipples while allowing male nipples to remain untouched. In practice, Tumblr's woefully inept automatic flagging AI led to many nipple-shaped images being erroneously flagged, along with supposedly 'safe' male presenting nipples. And as non-binary activists pointed out, the clause may have been aimed at squelching issues surrounding gender identity expression. 
A mother in steerage comforts her children with a bed time story, knowing that they will not be able to survive the sinking. Many Third Class passengers could not navigate the maze of corridors to make it to the deck. Others were forced to wait while 1st class passengers took first life boat priority. Of the 100+ children on board, only one 1st class child died. Only 30% of the children in steerage lived. Tumblr's poorly designed automatic flagging system could not distinguish cooking blogs from porn.
Each of the "Your post was flagged" is a Tumblr blog drowning in the ocean. Two Tumblr alternatives loom: Twitter and Newgrounds, a social media site where artists can upload content to be voted on by viewers.
The wealthy and elite passengers on the upper scramble for their lives as the waters break through the grand staircase. "The staircase has come to symbolize the overall opulence and grandeur of the Titanic."
A privileged and wealthy passenger in a top hat sits helplessly in shock as the waters claim him. He is a stand-in for the SFW Tumblr Blogs that believed they would be spared by Tumblr's relentless flagging AI bot. Many blogs found their innocuous photos and drawings of food, art, rocks, even random geometric shapes flagged as "sexually explicit".
[thev0lnuss replied to hentaimonsteronfemale]:Gentlemen, it was an honor to be horny with you.
[renaldo-c replied to xhibitnsts]:I am deceased
[hickory444 replied to 18-5-4-24-5-12-1]:I thought this boat was safe
What's happening Dec. 17th????
[terrasenian replied to thetimesinbetween]:This is so sad. Alexa, play Despacito
[mickapotamus]:I was going to delete my account but I got to keep it now for this masterpiece.....
[wabithunting]:I hope we get a new boat just for us!
[living-adonis replied to cunxme]:The irony is that the passengers survive aboard the Carpathia ship AKA twitter, Instagram etc. Tumblr sinks alone here and not us.
[agarthalove]:....and the Academy Award for best video goes to.......well done friend, this video is right on the fucking money 💰 💰 💰!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[illowdove replied to ruinedchildhood]:The way the text for mobile app can’t quite stay with the glass and then it fucking falls off the shelf- peak humor tbh
[bitchstolemyvapepen replied to missmaladicta]The Tumblr app tumbling off the mantel is perfect! The whole thing is superb! 😂😂
[hausofdemi replied to zombooyah2thesequel]:I am the walrus on some ice looking at the titanic going down.
[magical-girl-4]:Guess I’m Rose then because I’ll probably be on this site till I’m old and grey
[thepurplealbum replied to anonamii]:I'm wheezing because of this but the same time crying because fuck this movie it gives me emotions
[deepwaterleviathan]:I was laughing until it got to the mom tucking her kids in, and then I was too distracted to enjoy the rest. Damn parent brain.
[hoarderofrhymes]:I don't know if I should be laughing or feel sad lol
[kovas-space]:This bugs me because so many people lost their lives in the sinking of the titanic. To even remotely compare it to tumblr mass dumping porn blogs is just... disappointing tbh.
[amadous2stoned replied to ruinedchildhood]:Capturing the spirit of our time
[mynameishazard replied to supernaturalwiki]:I'm crying because this part of the movie always gets me but I absolutely lost it at "Female Presenting Ni**less" (don't wanna get flagged)
[saintruin replied to ruinedchildhood]:It’s almost worth losing the porn for this inspiring work. Almost.
[sivri-silvercreation replied to tallowjones]:kinda makes me think of the internet as a whole these days, it seems no matter how hard we try we can't seem to escape the waters of censorship that want to bury us and our want to express ourselves
[cummwhore]:Thank for bring a smile to this censorship we all have to endure.
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