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(The Atlantic)   A look at how secret societies can stay secret during the age of the internet   (theatlantic.com) divider line 73
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2014-07-28 07:59:25 AM  
Daww, old white guys have a tree house. Sounds like a frat only not quite as gay.
 
2014-07-28 08:21:21 AM  
Of course it doesn't mention anything about Ultrafa+++===NO CARRIER===+++
 
2014-07-28 08:45:06 AM  
Blowfish?
 
2014-07-28 09:54:28 AM  
Don't advertise on the internet?
 
2014-07-28 09:57:57 AM  

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2014-07-28 09:58:27 AM  
23 Skidoo to you too, Atlantic.
 
2014-07-28 10:00:41 AM  
There are probably secret societies the Atlantic doesn't even know about.
 
2014-07-28 10:04:54 AM  
Like Bohemian Grove?

By force.
 
2014-07-28 10:07:21 AM  
Follow the money.
 
2014-07-28 10:07:50 AM  
Is the nom de plume Weedlord Bonerhitler taken?
 
2014-07-28 10:07:53 AM  
They should have kept the forum up, and simply charged 5 bucks a month...
...what?
 
2014-07-28 10:08:42 AM  
Who wants to join my Nickelback and Jeff Dunham fans society?
 
2014-07-28 10:10:05 AM  
You know, I've always wanted in a secret society, but never managed to be recruited.

That's a shame.  I'm on an extraordinarily short list of people I know of who can keep their mouth shut.
 
2014-07-28 10:10:59 AM  
first rule of secret society club, you shut the fark up about secret society club
 
2014-07-28 10:11:49 AM  

Solty Dog: Who wants to join my Nickelback and Jeff Dunham fans society?


gamemoir.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-07-28 10:12:03 AM  
"Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead."

-Ben Franklin
 
2014-07-28 10:15:33 AM  

Wellon Dowd:


As if by an occult hand...
 
2014-07-28 10:16:33 AM  

mike_d85: You know, I've always wanted in a secret society, but never managed to be recruited.


Yeah, that's just what we'd expect you to say.
 
2014-07-28 10:17:41 AM  
Secret societies are awesome. That's why I joined UltraFark. For more information, check out this websit++++**NO CARRIER**++++
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-07-28 10:18:58 AM  
This is SUCH an easy question.  Just be as open about it as you can.  The world is filled with slow-minded people who will simply put up a "perception filter" and ignore it.  The people that don't... well they are your recruits.

encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2014-07-28 10:21:31 AM  
Yeah, like TotalReddit; yeah, that's a secret
 
2014-07-28 10:24:04 AM  
mike_d85: Duly noted. Look for a black envelope under your doormat tomorrow with further instructions.

Many are called, but few are chosen.
 
2014-07-28 10:27:05 AM  
With secret handshakes of course. Just like before.
 
2014-07-28 10:27:53 AM  
Secret society?  Like the Freemansons?  Though they have a magazine and everything, so I don't know how secret they really are these days:

204.3.136.66
 
2014-07-28 10:32:05 AM  
His name was Ernest Howard Crosby and his profile picture showed an old-time portrait of a man in a dapper vest sporting a bushy Civil War beard.


Because that's when they invented beard.
 
2014-07-28 10:32:29 AM  

Robo Beat: Secret society?  Like the Freemansons?


Mahabone, my brother. We're square, we're on the level. Would you like to know more about Jabulon?

2 B 1 ask 1.
 
2014-07-28 10:38:34 AM  
Click
 
2014-07-28 10:39:59 AM  
Apparently the answer is to not invite any journalism majors.
 
2014-07-28 10:47:54 AM  
I'd love to be a Mason. Masonry opens doors. I'd be very quiet. I was a bit on edge just now.
 
2014-07-28 10:53:19 AM  

Robo Beat: Secret society?  Like the Freemansons?  Though they have a magazine and everything, so I don't know how secret they really are these days:

[204.3.136.66 image 187x244]


We're not a secret society.  We're a society with secrets.  It's no more sinister than not knowing what is behind the card reader at some office building.  All of the information is out there but not a single Mason will divulge the secrets.  Nor shall we either confirm or deny the information out there if it pertains to what we keep to ourselves.
 
2014-07-28 11:02:29 AM  

hillary: I read about halfway through and then realized that it was an incredibly boring article and I could possibly in a million years care less but not by very much.


this
 
2014-07-28 11:05:37 AM  

Gonz: Robo Beat: Secret society?  Like the Freemansons?

Mahabone, my brother. We're square, we're on the level. Would you like to know more about Jabulon?

2 B 1 ask 1.


Smeggy Smurf: Robo Beat: Secret society?  Like the Freemansons?  Though they have a magazine and everything, so I don't know how secret they really are these days:

[204.3.136.66 image 187x244]

We're not a secret society.  We're a society with secrets.  It's no more sinister than not knowing what is behind the card reader at some office building.  All of the information is out there but not a single Mason will divulge the secrets.  Nor shall we either confirm or deny the information out there if it pertains to what we keep to ourselves.


Calm down, fellas, I'm only kidding.  Good-natured ribbing, is all.

Actually, I've considered seeking out the local lodge and seeing what they're about.  I've heard that since the membership is graying rapidly in a lot of lodges, there's a bit more opportunity for younger folks to move into leadership roles than in the past.
 
2014-07-28 11:06:50 AM  

MyMindIsGoingDave: I'd love to be a Mason. Masonry opens doors. I'd be very quiet. I was a bit on edge just now.


My dad was a Freemason. It's not as cool as you think.

Basically a place to biatch about your wives while pretending to do community stuff.
 
2014-07-28 11:08:02 AM  

Smeggy Smurf: Robo Beat: Secret society?  Like the Freemansons?  Though they have a magazine and everything, so I don't know how secret they really are these days:

[204.3.136.66 image 187x244]

We're not a secret society.  We're a society with secrets.  It's no more sinister than not knowing what is behind the card reader at some office building.  All of the information is out there but not a single Mason will divulge the secrets.  Nor shall we either confirm or deny the information out there if it pertains to what we keep to ourselves.


You're supposed to walk away, not answer, or just keep quiet.
I'M TELLING!!

/not really
//don't care
 
2014-07-28 11:11:59 AM  

MyMindIsGoingDave: I'd love to be a Mason. Masonry opens doors. I'd be very quiet. I was a bit on edge just now.


THANK you ...
 
2014-07-28 11:18:25 AM  

Jaden Smith First of His Name: MyMindIsGoingDave: I'd love to be a Mason. Masonry opens doors. I'd be very quiet. I was a bit on edge just now.

My dad was a Freemason. It's not as cool as you think.

Basically a place to biatch about your wives while pretending to do community stuff.


Hey now my grandfather was a Freemason, the community park his lodge built is still standing.

/He always called himself a Belly Mason, the only time he visited the lodge was when there was food.
 
2014-07-28 11:25:13 AM  

Jaden Smith First of His Name: Is the nom de plume Weedlord Bonerhitler taken?


I got dibs on Sharting von Fartdemon.
 
2014-07-28 11:26:45 AM  
Are you a turtle?
 
2014-07-28 11:26:46 AM  
I would invite you to join my secret society, but I'd have to kill you, so sorry.
 
2014-07-28 11:32:02 AM  

MyMindIsGoingDave: I'd love to be a Mason. Masonry opens doors. I'd be very quiet. I was a bit on edge just now.


Masonry is much more commonly used to seal doors.  Exception for visiting the land of the dead for some counseling from your case worker.
 
2014-07-28 11:33:50 AM  
The Masons are running TV commercials on my local TV.  I'm very confused.
 
2014-07-28 11:35:24 AM  
the first rule of secret society is you don't talk about secret society
 
2014-07-28 11:37:02 AM  

GRCooper: MyMindIsGoingDave: I'd love to be a Mason. Masonry opens doors. I'd be very quiet. I was a bit on edge just now.

THANK you ...


I've got a second-hand apron.
 
2014-07-28 11:37:06 AM  
Most secret societies hide for centuries by only being around for a couple of years in reality.
 
2014-07-28 11:37:48 AM  
Smeggy Smurf:
We're not a secret society.  We're a society with secrets.  It's no more sinister than not knowing what is behind the card reader at some office building.  All of the information is out there but not a single Mason will divulge the secrets.  Nor shall we either confirm or deny the information out there if it pertains to what we keep to ourselves.

Pipe down ya damn pagan. You're not clever or special. Except when you drive those cute go-karts during the parade in your funny hats.

/always wanted one of those little clown cars
 
2014-07-28 11:38:33 AM  
It's why I'm a Southern Baptist. Ya'll don't want nothing to do with that and we know it.

Bwa-hahahaha
 
2014-07-28 12:01:04 PM  

blatz514: GRCooper: MyMindIsGoingDave: I'd love to be a Mason. Masonry opens doors. I'd be very quiet. I was a bit on edge just now.

THANK you ...

I've got a second-hand apron.


THANK you ...
 
2014-07-28 12:15:20 PM  
I tried to join the secret Candle Jack club but wa
 
2014-07-28 12:19:39 PM  
Christ Almighty but that was the dullest article about what promised to be an interesting subject that I have ever read. What a nothing excuse to move some electrons.
 
2014-07-28 12:32:29 PM  
Yeah easy: stay off the Internet. You want something kept secret, like a secret society or even a murder plot, keep that shot off the web. Letters, meeting in person, things like that still work.
 
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