What's this 17776 thing? I've been off tumblr for a little while, and I'm very confused but curious.
17776 came into spotlight about a week ago when the sports website sbnation published an article called “What Football Will Look Like in the Future,” which upon clicking quickly devolved into a bizarre wall of text reading, “Something is very wrong.”
It turns out that the whole thing was the start of a multimedia storytelling experience by Jon Bois, which is still ongoing now. I would link it for you, but I’m on mobile - it should come up if you search it. (Edit: Here’s the first chapter!)
With minimal spoilers, and in my interpretation, 17776 is an absurdist scifi multimedia story which explores existentialism, the nature of humanity, the meaning of life, the direction of society’s evolution, and the role American football (and sports in general) plays in it, all using hilarious modern internet humor and a charming cast of unexpected characters. There are a great deal of delightful surprises and a number of startling insights.
I highly recommend it!