Matteo Bittanti, “Teh Italians Do it Bettah!!”, in AA.VV., Neoludica. Art Is a Game 2011 – 1966, Skira, Milano 2011.
italians 1009 up, 406 down
An incredibly cultured people who work hard and are not considered white by white people and yet not considered minorities to the WASP-ass government.
Sometimes get a bad rep because of movies and shows where they are depicted as gangsters. Italian women are strong-willed, hard-working, and completely hot just like Irish and Black women. Usually have beautiful olive skin and dark hair. Italian men love their families and work hard and many are incredibly intelligent, despite what it shows in the movies. Leonardo DiVinci, an Italian man, was one of the smartest men in the world. Italians are also great artists. An Italian discovered America, an Italian named America, the Italians slave to make a better life while WASPs like Peter kick us in the face. And don’t sit there rolling your eyes, whities, because I know you wouldn’t give a damn if another minority wrote this, but simply because you think I’m Italian you blow this off. You’re hypocrites.
Italian power, brother! Power to all minorities! (I_am_There, 2005)
italians 167 up, 117 down
italian living in italy is somebody who actually says “we are the best in the world” (sounding in italian like “ui ar de best in de uold”) and he means it. Constantly bragging about himself and italy
while he never traveled away of his hometown.
Italians (thinking about football) say:”we are the best in the world!” Rest of the World (thinking about culture, economy, aviation, military organization, transports, modern architecture, technology, engineering, basketball, baseball, tennis, olympics, and so on) says: “Are you sure?” (mave73, 2008)
Despite their apparent, manifest inanity, these two definitions, currently hosted on the Urban Dictionary, are both (un)intentionally funny and (un)expectedly clever. For those who are not familiar with Urban Dictionary, this open archive of web-based and web-centric dictionary words and phrases featuring over 11 million definitions at time of writing, was included in TIME magazine Top 50 Best Websites list (2008, that is). Launched in 1998 by a then computer science student at California Polytechnic State Institute, Aaron Peckham, Urban Dictionary provides useful insights on how Italians are perceived in the age of videocracy, at least in the online vernacular. Each definition is written by users (read: amateurs) rather than by professional linguists or experts in etymology. And each description is voted “up” or “down” by any site visitor, with the definitions appearing in descending order of highest ratio of thumbs up to thumbs down votes, in an attempt to “democratize” the meaning-making process while rewarding the so-called wisdom of the crowds. This bottom-up approach is antithetical to a more traditional curatorial practice – e.g. an art exhibition – in which one or more specialists are assigned to identify and subsequently invite a selected number of artists for a specific goal or agenda. Continua a leggere