Planking – the new internet craze sweeping the globe

3 06 2011

Is it a surprise that the new craze of “planking” is known as “playing dead” in Europe and Japan?

Planking is the unusual art of lying face down (usually in a jeopardising position) and capturing the moment on camera. It was the product of Richard Litonjua’s  creativity. Richard Litonjua, a Brisbane electrician, posted an inspirational Facebook group, dedicated to planking on the 11th of May 2011.

Many Australians are now taking on the craze, sometimes funny, sometimes stupid and sometimes plain crazy. With locations varying from the kitchen table to lying on a balcony , the phenomenon is certainly becoming out of hand.  It has become so popular that people have got into trouble for doing it at work. 

After a man plunged to his death from a Brisbane unit balcony, police and other government officials fear for the safety of the tens of thousands of participants around the world.

“There’s a difference between a harmless bit of fun done somewhere that’s really safe and taking a risk with your life. Everybody likes a bit of fun, but focus has to be on keeping yourself safe first, ” Ms Guillard addressed reporters in Sydney. With the prime minister of our country addressing the situation, it is clear that planking has truly caught the attention of our nation.

Is suggesting a “safer” or more “precautionary” option really the answer? Or will someone always have to take it too far?





3 responses

3 06 2011
Georgia Andersen

hey i love the first scentence i laughed XP Well done xx

3 06 2011


3 06 2011

I deeply and meaningfully love the article. Totally Agree!

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