Planking – trend sport or art form?

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Planking – trend sport or art form?

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Planking is currently on the tip of everyone’s tongue – at least everyone in Australia with an Internet connection should be familiar with the term. If you are also a Facebook user, you will probably not have been able to avoid the topic. Interestingly, its beginnings can be traced to Europe, from where it spread to Down Under, where it received its current name before making its way back to Europe as planking. With a little research on the World Wide Web, you will quickly find the almost lexical explanation that planking is a meme, or type of Internet hype. Nevertheless, it is also frequently categorized as a photographic art form. In brief answer to the question of what planking is, it is photographing people who lie stiffly and horizontally, face-down and as straight as a plank, with the appropriate amount of body tension – usually in public places.  

These planking photos are spread through the Internet, especially in the Facebook social community. In the meantime, the Facebook planking group formed especially for that purpose has amassed one million fans so far – and counting. There, people discuss the latest photos, exchange experiences with the new trend or debate about the sense or nonsense of planking in general.

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