April 1, 2008

How a sudden blast of Rick Astley became a hazard of the internet

"Unless you're one of the 13m internet users apparently duped into watching the video for Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up in recent weeks, the phenomenon of "rickrolling" may require some explanation. Mischievous parties post an ostensibly enticing link - alas, KEIRA KNIGHTLEY UPSKIRT PHOTO appears to be a popular choice - that instead redirects the user to footage of the 1987 transatlantic No1. The practice has even spilled over into real life: in the US, people have started disrupting sports events by singing the song, while protesters at an anti-Scientology demonstration also gave it a blast."
Alexis Petridis on the phenomenon of 'rickrolling' | Pop | guardian.co.uk Music Posted by Martin Sewell at April 1, 2008 12:21 PM