Since when did facedowns become planking? I have been reading the Facedowns blog and Twitter since 2009 when they visited Fitzroy. Now the same activity is called planking and is being performed by suburbans and is documented all over the suburban dead tree media. The Guardian has more on the history. By contemporary pop or sub cultural standards, this means the originality of the phenomenon is more or less dead and Darwinian incidents have recently been documented.
If I had created the phenomenon I would be excited to see it catch on around the country and beyond, but I would be also annoyed that, as with everything else the mainstream media gets it’s hands on, it’s initial meaning of harmless fun has been appropriated by morons whose stupidity has now become a cause for concern and social anxiety.
Blaming the internet for stupid social behaviour is the a kind of idiocy typical of suburbans who are too stupid to make their own independent rational choices. Of course commercial print media is also happy to repeatedly imply the internet is at fault because it is losing out to the internet as a form of information and communication.