I don’t understand why this is so hard to figure out. If you give the Internet the opportunity to be merry pranksters, the Internet will be merry pranksters.
This is what the Internet is really for. It’s for taking Twitter hashtags that suggest we ask over-serious politicians, accused rapists, and racist sports mascots reasonable questions, and asking them which family members they imagine naked. It’s for using those “build your own campaign poster” apps to suggest sexual acts the candidates can perform on goats and Boy Scouts. It’s for crowdsourcing city slogans that include “duck and keep driving.” This happens EVERY DAMN TIME.
Yet they keep doing it. Is the upside that big? Do we really think some #ASKNYPD #NOREALLY is gonna turn into the President’s AMA because people are just that well-behaved normally? These clusterfucks are always followed by someone bemoaning the loss of civil discourse, when what they really should be complaining about is in the year of Our Lord Voldemort 2015 people still think something like this is un-hijackable and a good idea.
Post your favorite unintentional crowdsourced meltdown in the comments. I for one am still fond of the Bush Sloganator.