Although Kim Kardashian, her siblings, her mom, her stepdad and of course, her husband, have been doing their damnedest to break the thing for the past half decade (maybe more, maybe less – in Internet time the amount of it is always too much).
Earlier this week “butt”-ery photos like the one to your left of Ms. Kardashian may not have broken anything, but they did at least temporarily do a hurting on the social media front with the accompanying hashtag #BreaktheInternet.
It’s long been an easy opt out for people who write tongue-in-cheekily about communications overload to toss in the phrase “Internet explodes” or “breaking the Internet”, typically when something suddenly swells and creates that perfect social media storm – an Instagram of President Obama, an arrest of Justin Beiber, or something to do with the Kardashians. I refrain from calling the Kardashians a talentless lot here, because, they do indeed have a talent. The talent to overexpose themselves (um…see photo to your left again) and get significant attention for that beyond the E! channel. Fleeting attention, at best, but attention for those who crave it is attention, nevertheless.
Good news, though. The Internet is not only apparently unbreakable, print journalism showed a heroic gasp for life in scoring the coup that was a naked photo shoot with the most famous-for-nothing person of the early 21st century. Published by Paper, for $10 you can hold these photos of Kim Kardashian in your hands and own your own little piece of print, which the Internet still hasn’t finished off completely, as long as it is supplemented by a full-blown online operation.
And by the way, the photos by Jean-Paul Goude are indeed quite fascinating. They’ve got an ’80-esque New York City-style appeal, if the 1980s been infiltrated by either Kim Kardashian or Twitter.