The moments that broke the internet in 2018

From The Caravan to Yanny or Laurel, Stormy v Trump and Elon’s tweets

Speaking at the combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted his personal data was sold to malicious third parties.

 

Yanny or Laurel
So, which did you hear? This meme was guaranteed to split up families even faster than Trump’s immigration policies.

Plaid Shirt Guy
During a Trump rally in Montana, student Tyler Linfesty could clearly be seen behind the president, looking by turns bemused and incredulous at The Donald’s outrageous claims.

Tyler Linfesty, aka Plaid Shirt Guy, became famous for looking incredulous during at a Trump rally.
Tyler Linfesty, aka Plaid Shirt Guy, became famous for looking incredulous during at a Trump rally.

The Climbing Raccoon
In June the internet was on tenterhooks as a raccoon scaled a skyscraper in Minnesota. Spoiler alert: he made it to the top.

Cambridge Analytica
In the biggest data misuse scandal of the year. The firm was accused of harvesting information from 50 million Facebook subscribers and using it to target voters with specific ads, political messages and even fake news, influencing election outcomes. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was hauled in front of a US senate committee to explain his company’s links with Cambridge Analytica.

Donald Glover
The rapper and actor also known as Childish Gambino blew the internet apart with his hard-hitting new single and video, This Is America, a searing treatise on gun violence and racism.

Stormy Daniels
The adult film star went public with salacious details of her alleged affair with Donald Trump, claiming she’d been paid to keep schtum about the schtupping. A twitter war erupted between the president and the porn star, Trump calling her “horseface”, while Daniels responded with “game on, tiny”.

Stormy v Trump: The adult actor responded to insults from the US president on Twitter
Stormy v Trump: The adult actor responded to insults from the US president on Twitter

Elon Musk
The Tesla head had a promising start to the year when his SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launched successfully, carrying Musk’s own Tesla Roadster as a dummy payload. But things quickly went FUBAR when Musk’s increasingly erratic online behaviour saw Tesla’s stock yo-yo up and down.

Elon Musk: the Tesla CEO had to defend his reputation after a series of unusual Tweets
Elon Musk: the Tesla CEO had to defend his reputation after a series of unusual Tweets

The “Caravan”
A group of migrants travelling on foot from South America to the US border became a vehicle for Donald Trump and his supporters to stir up fear among voters in the run-up to the mid-term elections. It was claimed the caravan had been infiltrated by Isis, that it would bring smallpox and leprosy into the US, and that it was filled with “big, strong men”.

A Central American child, part of a caravan trying to reach the US, as he waits to apply for asylum in Mexico. Photograph: Reuters/Edgard Garrido
A Central American child, part of a caravan trying to reach the US, as he waits to apply for asylum in Mexico. Photograph: Reuters/Edgard Garrido
The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.