TR(ol)L: New Kids On The Block, Total Request Live And The Chain Letter That Changed The Internet

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Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose Sun, Mar 17 9:40 AM
While often fascinated by the make believe, the world of the real can often be more intriguing and entertaining. This series shows exactly how amazing the real world is.
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Short
Runtime (minutes):16
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Joey McIntyre
Dave Holmes
Ananda Lewis
Director:Yourgo Artsitas
Producer(s):Yourgo Artsitas
Cinematography:Ben Brady
Music By:Yourgo Artsitas
Editor:Yourgo Artsitas


In 1999, a chain letter began to matriculate around online message boards. The goal? Get New Kids On The Block’s 1989 music video Hangin’ Tough on Total Request Live. Why? Cuz it wud b funny lmao.

After weeks of would-be trolls stuffing the online ballot box, the folks at TRL were left with a decision: Succumb to the mob's mischief or risk delegitimizing the democracy of their countdown. Told from the people who were there, TR(ol)L shows a catalytic moment in Internet history that helped birth modern online trolling and still influences keyboard pranksters -- and their hilariously cheeky viral campaigns -- to this day.