The internet is serious business
A phrase used to remind those who voluntarily leave the house that being mocked on the Internets is, in fact, the end of the world.
- Date Discovered: 2003
- Discovered On: General Mayhem (attributed)
The Internet Is Serious Business (srs bsns) is a phrase used to remind those who have just been successfully trolled that being mocked on the Internet is, in fact, the end of the world. The phrase is often used as the text of an image macro or to highlight the complexity of a heated debate in an internet forum.
Whether the current event during which the term is invoked is actually very serious, one must be constantly reminded that the Internet, at the end of the day, is super serious, and that one cannot have a petty argument in the name of the lulz, without recognizing the serious undertones of the internet hate machine.
Members of the General Mayhem forums created many image macros with the now-infamous phrase in response to a letter received by the site's leader. Its humorous macros, once leaked elsewhere online, quickly gained momentum and became a common household meme. The obvious seriousness that the internet still demonstrates also motivates the meme's declaration.
Still internet. Still serious. The meme is still used on a regular basis, and due to the Internet Leak it can be heard IRL, as a common call for nerds to be able to locate each other in a crowded pool hall.
- James Robert Murphy, 38, of Columbia, South Carolina, was sentenced to 5 years of probation, 500 hours of community service, and more than $12,000 in restitution for two counts of Use of a Telecommunications Device (the internet) with Intent to Annoy, Abuse, Threaten or Harass. Murphy was indicted in April 2004, for sending harassing emails to Seattle resident Joelle Ligon and to other employees of the City of Seattle. In sentencing Murphy, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Zilly told Murphy he "...did not demonstrate the type of remorse he should under the circumstances."
- In The Summer Of 2005, the internets was taken by storm by the serious business event known simply as "YOU STOLE MY CLOUDSONG". This was an event in the game "Dark Age Of Camelot" where some nerd made numerous death-threats against a party of people who stole his rare item, a "Cloudsong".
- On January 14, 2006, a new lawsuit came about when a "man" sued his internet buddies after he was made fun of in a chatroom. This is an excellent example that the internet is still SRSBIZ.
- In July, 2007, US Navy Petty Officer Russell Tavares was sentenced to seven years in prison for driving 1,300 miles to burn down the trailer owned by someone who called him a "nerd" on the internets. SERIOUS BUSINESS INDEED!
- On October 17, 2008 truck driver Wayne Forrester got jailed for life for stabbing his wife to death because she changed her Facebook status to single after they split up. SERIOUS AMOUNTS OF SERIOUS BUSINESS!!11oneoneone
- Tracy Williams, a college lecturer who used a Yahoo group as a base for repeatedly hassling one Michael Keith Smith (a member of the UK Independence Party), discussing the Iraq War. He ended up suing her and winning £10,000, though whether or not this had something to do with Tracy's flagrant breaches of Godwin's Law remains unreported. Tracy obviously grossly underestimated the seriousness of the business in which she was engaging (or something).