Shock site

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A shock site is a website that is intended to be offensive, disgusting and/or disturbing to its viewers, containing materials of high shock value which is also considered distasteful and crude, and is generally of a pornographic, scatological, extremely violent, insulting, painful, profane, or provocative nature.[1] Some shock sites display a single picture, animation, or video clip, or a small gallery, and are often passed around via e-mail or disguised in posts to discussion sites as a hoax in an attempt to trick readers into following the link to the website (a bait and switch). Most shock sites are merely websites that openly display shocking material.

Some shock sites have also gained their own subcultures and have become internet memes on their own. Goatse.cx featured a page devoted to fan-submitted artwork and tributes to the site's hello.jpg,[2] and a parody of the image was also shown by a BBC newscast as an alternative for the then recently unveiled logo for the 2012 Summer Olympics.[3] A shock video known as 2 Girls 1 Cup also quickly became an internet phenomenon, with videos of reactions, homages, and parodies widely posted on video sharing sites such as YouTube.[4]

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Examples of shock sites

Goatse.cx

Goatse.cx[2][5] was one of the best-known shock sites, featuring an image of a man stretching his anus with his hands.[2][6] The site featured a page devoted to fan-submitted artwork and tributes to the site,[2][5] and a parody of the image was also shown by a BBC newscast as an alternative for the then recently unveiled logo for the 2012 Summer Olympics.[3][7]

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