Mike Lacher's McSweeney's article "In which I fix my girlfriend's grandparents' Wi-Fi and am hailed as a conquering hero" is a tale of internet tragedy and redemption. Two years after it was first published, the article has been immortalized as a short film. Created by animator Jesse Benjamin and narrated by Archer's H. Jon Benjamin, the clip pays tribute to a classic piece of internet literature, and builds on it with a superb soundtrack and visual style.
"But then one gray morning did Internet Explorer 6 no longer load The Google. Refresh was clicked, again and again, but still did Internet Explorer 6 not load The Google. Perhaps The Google was broken, the people thought, but then The Yahoo too did not load. Nor did Hotmail. Nor USAToday.com. The land was thrown into panic. Internet Explorer 6 was minimized then maximized. The Compaq Presario was unplugged then plugged back in. The old mouse was brought out and plugged in beside the new mouse. Still, The Google did not load."
The video serves as a neat promotion for The Best of McSweeney's Internet Tendency, a book that contains Lacher's original article and others from the site.