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I’m 23 And I Still Have A Babysitter! I Really Hope This Is How You File For Divorce! Wait, What is the Stock Market? There’s Nothing Punk Rock About Sriracha Anymore. All this and more from Thought Brochure: Where Thoughts Are Thinked. (some stuff NSFW)

A parody of the site Thought Catalog with a light sprinkling of Gawker thrown in.
posted by Potomac Avenue (58 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
NSFW, at my work anyway.
posted by thinkpiece at 8:07 AM on May 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


I was under the impression Thought Catalog parodied itself.
posted by SomaSoda at 8:09 AM on May 30, 2013 [4 favorites]


Eh, it tries to be funny and clever, but personally I find a lot of the language (specifically the liberal use of the word c***) to be pretty offensive. Also, definitely NSFW.
posted by hasna at 8:11 AM on May 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


A cacophony of relevant voices!
posted by kenko at 8:13 AM on May 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


But I thought (before reading the More Inside) that Thought Brochure was itself a serious site whose users were undermining it.
posted by kenko at 8:13 AM on May 30, 2013


But I thought (before reading the More Inside) that Thought Brochure was itself a serious site whose users were undermining it.

You're thinking of Thought Catalog.
posted by codacorolla at 8:14 AM on May 30, 2013


Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:15 AM on May 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


I think so, Potomac, but where will we find culottes have a tendency to ride up so.
posted by DigDoug at 8:19 AM on May 30, 2013 [7 favorites]


Thought Brochure is a content-centric world wide website with emphasis on consumability, user-relational metrics, quality of value, and originality.

The phrase "quality of value" makes me glad I got up this morning.
posted by scratch at 8:23 AM on May 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


STOP STOP IT MY STUDENTS ALREADY WRITE LIKE THIS
posted by gusandrews at 8:25 AM on May 30, 2013 [18 favorites]


Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

1.) Apparently you don't know what I am thinking, or you wouldn't ask that question.

2.) So if you don't know what I am thinking, and if I am thinking what you are thinking, I don't know what I am thinking.

3.) If I don't know what I am thinking, then how can I possibly know whether or not I am thinking what you are thinking?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:30 AM on May 30, 2013 [9 favorites]


I think so, Potomac, but if our knees bent the other way, how would we ride a bicycle?

...the best thing about this post is that it put me back in touch with Pinky & The Brain.
posted by spacely_sprocket at 8:33 AM on May 30, 2013 [10 favorites]


Are we playing the question game?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:33 AM on May 30, 2013


4) I'm thinking that you're boggarting all the good shit. Left hand side, brah.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:38 AM on May 30, 2013


Both Sriracha and Bob Seger are plenty punk rock, dammit.
posted by jonmc at 8:43 AM on May 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


Wait, was that really "I liked your favorite hot sauce before it was cool?"
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:44 AM on May 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


I think so, Potomac, but this time, you wear the rubber pants.
posted by dejah420 at 8:45 AM on May 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


Surely this is a parody.
posted by aught at 8:47 AM on May 30, 2013


Shit My Unemployed Kid Says
posted by brain_drain at 8:48 AM on May 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


Wait, isn't the thing being parodied itself a parody? Have we reached hipster singularity here?
posted by dejah420 at 8:51 AM on May 30, 2013 [5 favorites]


Wait, was that really "I liked your favorite hot sauce before it was cool?"

For some of us it would be, "I liked your favorite hot sauce and decided it was totally fucking cool and made a big fucking stink about it because that made me totally fucking cool too, and then sulked pathetically when I learned so many people I think are nerds like it too, all of which was a very long time after you simply liked it and used it unpretentiously to enhance your routine enjoyment of some Asian foods."
posted by aught at 8:51 AM on May 30, 2013 [5 favorites]


I'm not sure what level we're on at this point, but I am sure that Thought Catalog is not, itself, a parody of anything.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:54 AM on May 30, 2013


I guess I could have just written "Get off my lawn, you little shithead."
posted by aught at 8:54 AM on May 30, 2013


I have teh blue, thanks.
posted by infini at 8:59 AM on May 30, 2013


I'm not sure what level we're on at this point, but I am sure that Thought Catalog is not, itself, a parody of anything.

Aside from an unintentional one of itself, anyway.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 9:20 AM on May 30, 2013


Wait, isn't the thing being parodied itself a parody? Have we reached hipster singularity here?

Where all the amassed irony stockpiles of the various factions reach critical mass and implode, leaving us with an Internet made of pure sincerity?
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:22 AM on May 30, 2013 [4 favorites]


With the usual caveats about the subjectivity of humor, this seems to be more "miss" than "hit," but I did laugh when seeing the byline "Stephanie Prescott-Bush-Paltrow."
posted by Nat "King" Cole Porter Wagoner at 9:44 AM on May 30, 2013


Was Sriracha ever really punk rock? It's made in Rosemead, California.
posted by Thorzdad at 9:53 AM on May 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sriracha transcends petty subcultural boundaries.
posted by zjacreman at 10:25 AM on May 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


There is stuff.
Some people like the stuff
Some people who like the stuff belong to one self imposed mindset.
Some other people who like the same stuff belong to a different self imposed mindset.
People lose their shit over this and like to mock other people for no real good reason.
posted by edgeways at 10:30 AM on May 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Both Sriracha and Bob Seger are plenty punk rock, dammit.

A little Sriracha on a copy of Back in '72 and—mmmm—that's good listening.
posted by octobersurprise at 11:09 AM on May 30, 2013 [4 favorites]


Was Sriracha ever really punk rock? It's made in Rosemead, California.

Well, that's not too far from the the famous Holiday Inn, Monrovia, which always reminded us of this punk icon.
posted by benito.strauss at 11:10 AM on May 30, 2013


whenever people say they ate something before it was cool i wonder if they have sex because they really like washing their sheets.
posted by gorestainedrunes at 11:11 AM on May 30, 2013


SATIRE! We are approaching a singularity pretty soon here on the internet. Newcomers to English will have no reference to gauge the ever more subtle levels of pastiche. Like if Twitter had only "weird twitter" users, who satirized the format of "weird twitter."

Satire, reduced to relating one single feeling: knowiness. Satire, no longer funny in a ha-ha way. Use it to show everyone that knowiness you know is inside you. Satire: expressed knowiness. An object of envy for others who have that same knowiness feeling inside them. Humor is conflated with an insufferable feeling that you could have totally written that yourself.
posted by Taft at 11:35 AM on May 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


Could some helpful soul explain this to me as if I were my mom?
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 11:41 AM on May 30, 2013


Oh mom, you just don't understand!!
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:50 AM on May 30, 2013


There's a website called Thought Catalog. It is full of sincere, emo privileged musings from new yorky bloggers and Tao Lin. Articles from it have been posted to the Blue hundreds of times. Some anonymous person created a site called Thought Brochure and filled it with angry satirical pieces that make fun of the naval gazing and cheap wisdom that you find on that site and other sites that do slice-of-life memoir stories. I think it's really funny! Other do not. That's it! I'll see you next week for our aerobics class after which I will make sweet love to you.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:54 AM on May 30, 2013 [6 favorites]


I think so, Potomac, but burlap chafes me so.
posted by Billiken at 11:58 AM on May 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: Quality of Value
posted by Billiken at 11:58 AM on May 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wait, which one is the real one and which is the parody again? Why do I keep finding myself asking this question? Who are you people and what are you doing in my room? Is this what getting old feels like? Why do I keep finding myself asking that question too? Never mind, that last one I know the answer to already
posted by ook at 12:09 PM on May 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


* discreetly unfastens onion from belt *
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 12:12 PM on May 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


grabs onion, chops, fries and caramelizes it and puts it back
posted by infini at 12:18 PM on May 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


Tabasco is great, it really doesn't deserve the reputation as hot sauce Bud.


Though I like Bud. Come on, it's way more drinkable than PBR.
posted by Drinky Die at 12:21 PM on May 30, 2013


Though I like Bud. Come on, it's way more drinkable than PBR.

Not for me, but I'm not a huge fan of either.

Back in high school when our MO was to get drunk on the cheapest possible beer, PBR was a favorite because you drink it down and basically there's not a trace of cheap beer taste in your mouth after. Bud lingers and it's not good to begin with. This is an even larger factor when they start to get warm. That said, they are both better than Old Milwaukee, which even as teenagers trying to get shitfaced in the woods we could not finish the box of.
posted by Hoopo at 1:24 PM on May 30, 2013


This thread is now about cheap beer. I love all types but especially National Bohemian, aka Natty Boh. If I could find a bar that had some in New York I would move there.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:47 PM on May 30, 2013


Frennamine keeps trying to get us all to like Genny Cream. I think it's a reverse-beer-snobbery thing. Hasn't worked so far, but that hasn't stopped him trying.
posted by ook at 3:26 PM on May 30, 2013


(Gennessee Cream Ale, that is. Do all cheap beers have nicknames? I hope so)
posted by ook at 3:27 PM on May 30, 2013


Come on, you think Drinky Die didn't know what you meant? Also better than PBR.
posted by Drinky Die at 3:38 PM on May 30, 2013


PBR

Puke-Bile-&Retch
posted by edgeways at 3:51 PM on May 30, 2013


There’s Nothing Punk Rock About Sriracha Anymore

This is the perfect parody of Thought Catalog/NY Times Style section, though i'm still in the age and demographic where friends unironically link Thought Catalog articles.

The people in this thread sincerely arguing about the points posed in the parody and getting mad about the gentle parody are just the icing on the cake, like people who take Onion articles as real.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 4:52 PM on May 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


huh the first link on Thought Catalog is 'comparing guys to chocolate'. parody is dead
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 4:53 PM on May 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Zosia Mamet Is A Cunt For Behaving Exactly How I Would If I Were David Mamet’s Daughter

just linked this to a friend who wrote the exact article this is parodying
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 4:58 PM on May 30, 2013


This thread is now about cheap beer.

Schlitz, OE, & Hoffenreffer are best (except for alcopops). PBR is for assholes.

I had a marijuana lollipop today. It was OK.
posted by jonmc at 5:17 PM on May 30, 2013


I have an ancestral fondness for Hamms and Rolling Rock, my grandparents' favorite beers. A friend of mine loved Gennessee, Genny, he called it, and claimed it was the only "girl" who never broke his heart. (Oh!) Tbh, I tend not to drink cheap beer unless it's given to me.
posted by octobersurprise at 7:15 PM on May 30, 2013


Proletariat is a fantastic name for a racehorse. And I just checked and it's not even taken!
posted by wilful at 8:49 PM on May 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


It'd be a pretty good name for a cheap beer, too.
posted by ook at 9:38 AM on May 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


thank you for this: Michael Douglass: “I Got Cancer From Eating Monsanto Pussy”
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 11:34 PM on June 3, 2013


Quick somebody, hold me back from tweeting this headline
posted by infini at 1:07 AM on June 4, 2013


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