The Fame of Mahir

The Fame of Mahir

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Mahir became famous in 1999, at the very end of the 90s. In fact, in a lot of ways, Mahir's fame is the perfect transitional point between the 90s and the 2000s. His story embodies elements of both, and his insane fame presaged the internet's rise to prominence within our lives.
 
In the 90s, everyone had a home page (or wanted one). We didn't really know why. We were reaching out across the perceived silence of cyberspace. (Although everyone who was around in the 90s knows that cyberspace isn't REALLY silent, it sounds like "eeebbeeepopopopcrkkhssssssssqueeee!") We used clumsy tools, and added lots of crazy-ass ugly stuff like textured backgrounds, javascript effects that followed your mouse cursor around the page, and MIDI music that automatically loaded with every page.

(Oh, and lots and lots of "under construction" animated GIFs of course. When was the last time you saw one of those? I think people finally got the message that the internet is always - or should always be - under construction!)
 
Our love for Mahir was part of the awkward "New Irony." We loved him ironically, because he was so inept and creepy and weird and yet joyful. There was an element of jealousy in our love for Mahir, because we ourselves could never look that happy while wearing a Speedo and playing table tennis. 
 
We made fun of Mahir for being goofy. We also loved him for being goofy. It's a tricky thing: the New Irony.
 
Along with other early internet phenomena like the Dancing Baby and Hampsterdance, loving Mahir was something we shared as a culture. It helped build and define internet culture. As something that spent a lot of time pointing and laughing at people it deemed odd. Which, if you think about it, is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.
 
Mahir infamously claimed that his page had been hacked, with some of the more bizarre and salacious elements (like "I like sex") being added. But one must note, Mahir did not remove these elements. Doth the mustachioed lothario protest too much?
 
And like all early internet fads, Mahir didn't really get anything but a wacky few years out of his fame. These days, Mahir seems to be reduced to attempting to sue Sacha Baren Cohen for his Borat character, even though Borat predates Mahir by one or two years, depending on the catchphrase you're studying.