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2014-01-01 09:13:38 AM
Can't argue with most of them.

It's not all bad though.
 
2014-01-01 09:23:29 AM
Condemning pieces of the Internet, and particular uses of the Internet.

But go ahead with that broad brush, subby.
 
2014-01-01 09:31:55 AM
Leave to a fan of essays, so much a fan they lined ten of them up, in order to support their pearl-clutching whines about trendy stuff ruining their world.  Fark off and go make me that grande I asked for, like two minutes ago before you started your little tard-rant.
 
2014-01-01 09:34:50 AM
There's no reason to condemn the internet. It's simply a way to share information. Don't get angry at the medium, get angry at the person.

/yes, I realized the internet gives those idiots a medium to share their idiocy.
 
2014-01-01 09:36:34 AM
People who comment are morans!
 
2014-01-01 09:47:44 AM
Ten books condemning books promoting political violence...available in books
 
2014-01-01 09:53:29 AM
I'm always impressed by the writing skills of people that have nothing to say. It's like sleeping with a hot girl who is tragically missing a vagina - or a schlong if that's what you're into.
 
2014-01-01 09:55:43 AM
And technically, that isn't irony, but ok........
 
2014-01-01 09:59:26 AM
There's one about Fark:

D'Addario's piece is nominally about the trollish website Thought Catalog, but it quickly becomes so much more, eventually blossoming into a quality rant about the shallow "incendiary" content all across the Internet desperately trying to elicit any reaction from readers in the service of the one true web God: More clicks.
 
2014-01-01 10:00:45 AM
And one about Fark's best friend:

"When I liken BuzzFeed to a cancer on the Internet, it's not just hyperbole. A cancer spreads throughout an organism, taking over healthy cells and displacing them with something unhealthy, which doesn't serve the body's purpose anymore. The site isn't just a blight on the web, it's actually changing the fabric of the Internet. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and most other social networks have become little more than repositories for links to list articles. The net effect has caused a shift in expectation for the average Internet reader, away from thoughtful, purpose-driven content that informs, to cheap, superfluous filler that distracts."
 
2014-01-01 10:01:41 AM
Great moments in the dumbing down of the internet by enabling morons.

1980 - Usenet is connected to the Arpanet
1991 - AOL connects to the internet
1993 - AOL gives Usenet access
 
2014-01-01 10:08:03 AM

HairBolus: Great moments in the dumbing down of the internet by enabling morons.

1980 - Usenet is connected to the Arpanet
1991 - AOL connects to the internet
1993 - AOL gives Usenet access


Eternal September was/is a great event and you know it.

/snark
 
2014-01-01 10:25:54 AM

InterruptingQuirk: And one about Fark's best friend:

"When I liken BuzzFeed to a cancer on the Internet, it's not just hyperbole. A cancer spreads throughout an organism, taking over healthy cells and displacing them with something unhealthy, which doesn't serve the body's purpose anymore. The site isn't just a blight on the web, it's actually changing the fabric of the Internet. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and most other social networks have become little more than repositories for links to list articles. The net effect has caused a shift in expectation for the average Internet reader, away from thoughtful, purpose-driven content that informs, to cheap, superfluous filler that distracts."


He kinda has a point there. People are reading more since we started spending more of our leisure time screwing around online instead of sitting in front of the TV, but we're not really reading anything of value, just shallow ephemera. If a good book is a three course meal, BuzzFeed is a handful of skittles.
 
2014-01-01 10:36:24 AM
What a moran.

The internet is for porn.
 
2014-01-01 11:05:11 AM
1. "The Twidiocracy: The Decline of Western civilization, 140 Characters at a Time"

I remember when Twitter started, I had a minor debate with a co-worker of mine. He was hailing it as a breakthrough of 'information sharing'. I understood his point and the swift sharing of information in this age is certainly a good thing, but I argued that not all 'information' is good or worthwhile. He was adamant that there is literally no such thing as bad information.

I wonder if still feels the same way about twitter.
 
2014-01-01 11:28:11 AM
It's an odd day when I COMPLETELY agree with Maddox about a subject. Any subject.  His review on Buzzfeed... he's making VERY valid points. And he's not even going over the top like he normally does. Or maybe he is, but what Buzzfeed is doing is so over the top that it doesn't seem over the top for him.

/Not a Buzzfeed fan either
 
2014-01-01 12:07:17 PM
I would commend this piece on the basis of this little screed alone:

 "Everyone tried so hard to go "viral" this year that the word barely has any meaning anymore. Virality didn't just jump the shark. It ate Henry Winkler, shiat him into the underground oceans of Europa, and then did a kick-flip over the frozen turds. Going viral has looked into infinity, and it cannot return."

Now that's what I call vivid and evocative writing
 
2014-01-01 12:14:22 PM

StoPPeRmobile: What a moran.

The internet is for porn.


i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-01 02:08:05 PM
I'm under no delusions that facebook/twitter/buzzfeed are ruining "my" internet. The internet is for everyone and most of them want to share pictures of cats and take pictures of their food, I have my own corners of the internet I can hide in. but no I don't want to friend anyone or join stasi facebook your cult.
 
2014-01-02 04:32:18 AM

StopKing: I'm under no delusions that facebook/twitter/buzzfeed are ruining "my" internet. The internet is for everyone and most of them want to share pictures of cats and take pictures of their food, I have my own corners of the internet I can hide in. but no I don't want to friend anyone or join stasi facebook your cult.


This is where I'm at. I have a few websites I visit regularly, look up a lot of information when I need it, keep in touch with family (by email! can you farking believe it!), I do a lot of shopping online and check out reviews, but that's pretty much it. I have no Twitter or Facebook account and I will never get one. I have no personal web page anymore, nor a blog. My real name is un-googleable and that's the way I like it. Leave me alone, social media, I have no use for you.
 
2014-01-02 06:05:27 AM

silvervial: I have no Twitter or Facebook account and I will never get one.


I gave in a year ago after missing the twentieth or so engagement announcement / birthday party / social gathering / etc because it was only posted on goddamn Facebook and I didn't hear about it. People these days just assume everyone they know reads everything they post on Facebook, so if you want to have a social life it's almost a necessity.
 
2014-01-02 06:06:07 AM

silvervial: I have no Twitter or Facebook account and I will never get one.


I gave in a year ago after missing the twentieth or so engagement announcement / birthday party / social gathering / etc because it was only posted on goddamn Facebook and I didn't hear about it. People these days just assume everyone they know reads everything they post on Facebook, so if you want to have a social life it's almost a necessity.

I resent the the hell out of it and never post anything, but I do have one.
 
2014-01-02 11:56:31 AM
Aw I was hoping Paul Krugman's column predicting the end of the internet by 2005 would be up there
But that is a bit older so I guess not
 
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