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(New Musical Express)   If you own an Amazon Echo or a Google Home and you saw last night's South Park, you were an unintentional part of the joke   ( nme.com) divider line
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2017-09-14 08:26:24 AM  
No, you were a very intentional part of the joke. And if you then went and posted under some stupid hashtag about it, you were a very intentional tool used to further the joke. But hey, SOCIAL MEDIA.
 
2017-09-14 08:37:29 AM  
Last night's episode had a joke in it?
 
2017-09-14 08:44:50 AM  
Queue the xkcd
 
2017-09-14 10:48:00 AM  

WhiskeyBender: Last night's episode had a joke in it?


the audience was the joke
 
2017-09-14 11:02:24 AM  
I started saying "Simon says" lines to my Alexa after watching that episode.   I giggled almost as much as Cartman.  Good times.

/So lonely
 
2017-09-14 11:16:23 AM  
Unintentional? Not a chance. Hilarious though.
 
2017-09-14 11:20:50 AM  
I have an Echo Dot next to my PC. I never realized how many people say "Let's...uh" on Youtube videos until I put the Dot there...it interprets that as Alexa and goes nuts.
 
2017-09-14 11:22:36 AM  
Haven't watched it yet, but thanks for the heads up to wear headphones!
 
2017-09-14 11:22:37 AM  
In other news, people still watch South Park.
 
2017-09-14 11:23:52 AM  
Damn, I missed the latest episode of Today's Headlines Rendered In Construction Paper?
 
2017-09-14 11:24:26 AM  
Last night's episode was a great start to the season.
 
2017-09-14 11:25:33 AM  

delsydsoftware: I have an Echo Dot next to my PC. I never realized how many people say "Let's...uh" on Youtube videos until I put the Dot there...it interprets that as Alexa and goes nuts.


Holy cow! You may have solved a long running question in my house as to why Alexa every now and again will start responding out of what appears to be normal conversation. Thanks and plus one internet to you.
 
2017-09-14 11:26:13 AM  

KarmicDisaster: Queue the xkcd


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2017-09-14 11:27:33 AM  

8 inches: I started saying "Simon says" lines to my Alexa after watching that episode.   I giggled almost as much as Cartman.  Good times.

/So lonely


I didn't see the episode, but more than once have I said to my Alexa "Simon Says everything is going to be OK." I live a sad life.
 
2017-09-14 11:27:43 AM  
South Park tends to be very inclusive. Everybody is part of the joke. South Park Conservatives and South Park Liberals, everybody. Some people (cough, cough, Conservatives, cough, cough) don't recognize that they are the brunt of of the joke, but then we are talking the people who loved Archie Bunker and said he was telling it like it is, by which they meant, telling it like it isn't but their deluded ideaologies tell them it is.

Mind, until liberals realize that when they watch these shows, the Cons are not laughing with them, but at them, there will be little change.

A little bit Country, a little bit Rock 'n' Roll. A whole lot of Soul and Blues. Cultural expropriation is for everybody. Music just wants to be free. And get paid.

Show up. Get paid. The key to success in music.
 
2017-09-14 11:28:26 AM  

Pocket Ninja: No, you were a very intentional part of the joke. And if you then went and posted under some stupid hashtag about it, you were a very intentional tool used to further the joke. But hey, SOCIAL MEDIA.


That's a bingo!
 
2017-09-14 11:28:29 AM  

Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.


Let me guess... you don't even own a TV and you probably need to be at the gym soon.

/yes, I still watch SP and enjoy it.  Along with all the other shows you are probably above watching.
//and I eat at the restaurants you think are horrible.
 
2017-09-14 11:28:44 AM  

bdub77: WhiskeyBender: Last night's episode had a joke in it?

the audience was the joke


Isn't that every episode?
 
2017-09-14 11:28:51 AM  

Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.


Heyoooo! Be careful not to cut yourself on that edge.
 
2017-09-14 11:29:11 AM  

delsydsoftware: Echo Dot next to my PC


I kept mine next to my PC until I realiZEd that if I'm sitting at my PC there's nothing I need Alexa for. So now it's just bedroom, bathroom, living room.

/the NSA watches me masturbate
 
2017-09-14 11:30:03 AM  
From how many sides of the page can NME make an ad appear?
 
2017-09-14 11:31:29 AM  
a/s/l
 
2017-09-14 11:33:41 AM  

Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.


You don't?

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2017-09-14 11:37:59 AM  

EmptyCup: delsydsoftware: I have an Echo Dot next to my PC. I never realized how many people say "Let's...uh" on Youtube videos until I put the Dot there...it interprets that as Alexa and goes nuts.

Holy cow! You may have solved a long running question in my house as to why Alexa every now and again will start responding out of what appears to be normal conversation. Thanks and plus one internet to you.


THIS. My son has started muting Alexa if we don't need her for awhile because he was creeped out by her random spouts of "Hmm...I don't know how to help you that."

/Now I know
//And knowing is half the battle
///G.I. Joooooooooooooe
 
2017-09-14 11:40:14 AM  
I like the random tits at the bottom of the page. Thank god I'm on my phone.
 
2017-09-14 11:43:38 AM  

GanjSmokr: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

Let me guess... you don't even own a TV and you probably need to be at the gym soon.

/yes, I still watch SP and enjoy it.  Along with all the other shows you are probably above watching.
//and I eat at the restaurants you think are horrible.


You guessed wrong.    The show was played out years ago, at least for me.   Kind of like the Simspons.   It was amazing for the first decade, but it's gotten stale.
 
2017-09-14 11:45:01 AM  
I haven't watched SP in a while. Is it still shock humor and starry eyed libertarianism?
 
2017-09-14 11:45:10 AM  

HydroMonkey: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

Heyoooo! Be careful not to cut yourself on that edge.


I honestly thought the show had played itself out years ago.   To each their own, I guess.
 
2017-09-14 11:45:34 AM  
I'm more than a little creeped out by how many otherwise intelligent people would have one of those things in their house.
 
2017-09-14 11:46:14 AM  
I guess I'm a cynical old luddite, but I can't stand the idea of some internet-connected device listening to everything in my home.

Whoopie, I can put orange juice on the shopping list with a few words. I sure don't want to feel like I can't express my feelings about my boss to my wife or talk about sensitive topics because some Russian hacker asshole may find a way to record everything, then blackmail me later.

I definitely don't want Google listening in, then suggesting things based on  what my daughter says while she's playing. That's some creepy shiat.

It may sound paranoid, but similar things have happened.

I get the fact that what I type into a computer (like this posting) will be picked up and analyzed by a variety of sources. I just don't like the idea of opening the door to the rest of my home life.
 
2017-09-14 11:46:39 AM  

GanjSmokr: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

Let me guess... you don't even own a TV and you probably need to be at the gym soon.

/yes, I still watch SP and enjoy it.  Along with all the other shows you are probably above watching.
//and I eat at the restaurants you think are horrible.


I'd also venture: you listen to bands we've never heard of, and have all their music from before that guy, with the growl and OMG do you remember his hair?, who used to be in that other band that was great, started producing them and they got like 100 times better. You probably also collect all the work of this artist chick you used to bang, 'cause she's gotta breakout soon, and then this really deep and insightful sculpture work will be worth more than the metal recycler would pay....

Not all of us are such bohemian renegades - tone it down a bit please.


/next time, don't co-sign a student loan for music and art school for someone who isn't your child
 
2017-09-14 11:49:51 AM  

maxandgrinch: /next time, don't co-sign a student loan for music and art school for someone who isn't your child


This sentence filled me with a completely foreign yet somehow recognizable sense of existential dread.  I guess today's a day for new experiences.
 
2017-09-14 11:50:02 AM  
Being old & Canuckian I'm not knowledgeable about these devices.
My kid set one of these up & I thought it was an air-freshener. After farting into it for a few hours it sent some EMS folks over to our place & voided a Taco Bell gift card someone had gave me.
Talk about intrusive!
 
2017-09-14 11:51:43 AM  

maxandgrinch: GanjSmokr: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

Let me guess... you don't even own a TV and you probably need to be at the gym soon.

/yes, I still watch SP and enjoy it.  Along with all the other shows you are probably above watching.
//and I eat at the restaurants you think are horrible.

I'd also venture: you listen to bands we've never heard of, and have all their music from before that guy, with the growl and OMG do you remember his hair?, who used to be in that other band that was great, started producing them and they got like 100 times better. You probably also collect all the work of this artist chick you used to bang, 'cause she's gotta breakout soon, and then this really deep and insightful sculpture work will be worth more than the metal recycler would pay....

Not all of us are such bohemian renegades - tone it down a bit please.


/next time, don't co-sign a student loan for music and art school for someone who isn't your child


That's quite the imagination you have there.
 
2017-09-14 11:54:41 AM  

beezeltown: I guess I'm a cynical old luddite, but I can't stand the idea of some internet-connected device listening to everything in my home.

Whoopie, I can put orange juice on the shopping list with a few words. I sure don't want to feel like I can't express my feelings about my boss to my wife or talk about sensitive topics because some Russian hacker asshole may find a way to record everything, then blackmail me later.

I definitely don't want Google listening in, then suggesting things based on  what my daughter says while she's playing. That's some creepy shiat.

It may sound paranoid, but similar things have happened.

I get the fact that what I type into a computer (like this posting) will be picked up and analyzed by a variety of sources. I just don't like the idea of opening the door to the rest of my home life.


Do what ya want. And please don't take this the wrong way: nobody is really as interesting as they think they are.

Personally, I have an Amazon Tap and love it. I don't have it connected to a card or anything, but it's nice for playing music around the house. Even if it is listening to every word and giving transcripts to the Pentagon, the most they are gonna get is hours of me talking about how farking great the Rolling Stones are and the occasional background po-nography moans.
 
2017-09-14 11:56:06 AM  

Shakin_Haitian: I haven't watched SP in a while. Is it still shock humor and starry eyed libertarianism?


Sounds like you never watched South Park
 
2017-09-14 11:57:31 AM  
I'm a big South Park fan and thought that episode was pretty weak - starting with recycling the Dey Dook Er Jerbs guys and then playing down the whole white nationalist thing. Even after they revealed that the head redneck just wanted to kill all the Muslims, blacks, and Mexicans, it had no consequences. That's not libertarian; it's just stupid.

The only thing that made me chuckle was the runner with the confederate flag-waving.

Even Randy's show was stupid. He wasn't house-flipping - he was just renovating people's houses.
 
2017-09-14 11:57:36 AM  
You really want a "smart" device in your home that is that easily manipulated?

Really?
 
2017-09-14 11:58:56 AM  
I personally don't understand the appeal of these devices, and you have to pay them for it? They should pay me to have one. Maybe if they paid me enough I'd let it listen to us, maybe.  I'm not really having any trouble ordering junk from my phone or laptop, thanks.
 
2017-09-14 11:59:12 AM  

beezeltown: I guess I'm a cynical old luddite, but I can't stand the idea of some internet-connected device listening to everything in my home.

Whoopie, I can put orange juice on the shopping list with a few words. I sure don't want to feel like I can't express my feelings about my boss to my wife or talk about sensitive topics because some Russian hacker asshole may find a way to record everything, then blackmail me later.

I definitely don't want Google listening in, then suggesting things based on  what my daughter says while she's playing. That's some creepy shiat.

It may sound paranoid, but similar things have happened.

I get the fact that what I type into a computer (like this posting) will be picked up and analyzed by a variety of sources. I just don't like the idea of opening the door to the rest of my home life.


Do you have a Smart TV? An Xbox? A smartphone? A Laptop with a built-in Webcam?

If so, chances are you're already being "listened to". Samsung has already admitted that some of their Smart TVs listen to every conversation in your home and transmit them (to Samsung).  Microsoft was accused of the same thing with their Xbox, but they used to deny it. I don't think they do anymore, since Cortana was released.  And your Smartphone, whether it be Android (Google) or iPhone (Siri) already listens to you and transmits everything back to them.  And of course we all know of the hackers that have broken into laptops and enabled the webcams/microphones.

Unless you have no electronics in your house, it's pretty hard to get away from remote monitoring these days.

At least with Google Home or Alexa, you know ahead of time you're being "listened to" by default instead of surreptitiously.
 
2017-09-14 11:59:24 AM  
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/got nothin...
 
2017-09-14 12:02:11 PM  

Altoid: You guessed wrong.    The show was played out years ago, at least for me.


And so you assume everyone else feels the same way, so you are "shocked" that anyone still watches it.  Gotcha.

maxandgrinch: GanjSmokr: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

Let me guess... you don't even own a TV and you probably need to be at the gym soon.

/yes, I still watch SP and enjoy it.  Along with all the other shows you are probably above watching.
//and I eat at the restaurants you think are horrible.

I'd also venture: you listen to bands we've never heard of, and have all their music from before that guy, with the growl and OMG do you remember his hair?, who used to be in that other band that was great, started producing them and they got like 100 times better. You probably also collect all the work of this artist chick you used to bang, 'cause she's gotta breakout soon, and then this really deep and insightful sculpture work will be worth more than the metal recycler would pay....

Not all of us are such bohemian renegades - tone it down a bit please.


/next time, don't co-sign a student loan for music and art school for someone who isn't your child


I have to assume that was directed towards Altoid.  Because I'm pretty much the opposite of what you just described.
 
2017-09-14 12:02:35 PM  

Altoid: It was amazing for the first decade, but it's gotten stale.


Can't totally disagree, but they tried to shake it up over the last two seasons by introducing multi-episode story arcs that weave disparate plots together. The first of those seasons worked pretty well and the second landed with a thud, but at least they're making an effort to keep it fresh.
 
2017-09-14 12:02:56 PM  

Vaginosilicosis: I'm more than a little creeped out by how many otherwise intelligent people would have one of those things in their house.


But how else can I find the weather?!?!
 
2017-09-14 12:03:21 PM  

KarmicDisaster: I personally don't understand the appeal of these devices, and you have to pay them for it? They should pay me to have one. Maybe if they paid me enough I'd let it listen to us, maybe.  I'm not really having any trouble ordering junk from my phone or laptop, thanks.


I've never used it to buy anything, but I use mine to play music, control all my lights, and control my thermostat. It's nice to be able to be laying in bed and turn on and off the lights without getting up, or turn the AC down two degrees or something.
 
2017-09-14 12:04:57 PM  
Actually, it is perceived as a joke but what it really is... a warning.


beezeltown: I guess I'm a cynical old luddite, but I can't stand the idea of some internet-connected device listening to everything in my home.

Whoopie, I can put orange juice on the shopping list with a few words. I sure don't want to feel like I can't express my feelings about my boss to my wife or talk about sensitive topics because some Russian hacker asshole may find a way to record everything, then blackmail me later.

I definitely don't want Google listening in, then suggesting things based on  what my daughter says while she's playing. That's some creepy shiat.

It may sound paranoid, but similar things have happened.

I get the fact that what I type into a computer (like this posting) will be picked up and analyzed by a variety of sources. I just don't like the idea of opening the door to the rest of my home life.


Nope, don't feel alone. They already have too much meta-data, much less my personal data, so I'm not putting mic's around my farking house.
And honestly, I believe that devices like this make you even more stupid, fat and lazy. Not like most people need more of that...

/pass the Ludd, Bud.
 
2017-09-14 12:07:50 PM  
GanjSmokr .

/yes, I still watch SP and enjoy it

Name checks out.
 
2017-09-14 12:08:03 PM  

Altoid: HydroMonkey: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

Heyoooo! Be careful not to cut yourself on that edge.

I honestly thought the show had played itself out years ago.   To each their own, I guess.


Not going to dispute your position, but I will agree that the "troll" story arc was absolutely horrible. Worse is the fact that they've run it damn near every single day since it originally aired.
 
2017-09-14 12:08:19 PM  
My daughter received an Alexa recently from her grandparents, and given her name is somewhat close to "Alexa", it's caused a bit of frustration.

Her:  "Alexa, play Katy perry"
Alexa: "playing Katy perry"
Me " no its time to get ready for bed. Alexa, off!"
Her:" Alexa, play Katy Perry"
Alexa: "playing Katy Perry"
Me. "No, Alexa off!"... "(daughter's name), brush your teeth!"
Alexa: "playing "Brush your teeth", by Raffy"
Music starts.  Daughter laughing her ass off at me.
 
2017-09-14 12:09:55 PM  

GanjSmokr: And so you assume everyone else feels the same way, so you are "shocked" that anyone still watches it.  Gotcha.


Shocked?  No.   Surprised?  Somewhat.   I watched it for a long time, and it seemed to steadily decline after about the 6th season or so - kind of the "running out of ideas" thing that happens with a lot of sitcoms.  Only so much you can do with the same characters year after year.   Kept hoping it would get better, and eventually lost interest in it.   I am pretty sure I am not alone in this thinking, but if the show has indeed gotten better, good for those that still watch it, i suppose.
 
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