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(FYI, I may be misreading, but I think that Daniel Mallory Ortberg is misgendered in one paragraph of the article.)
posted by chappell, ambrose at 11:24 AM on May 20, 2018 [1 favorite]


(It's one pronoun out of several uses; I think it's a typo. Still, they need to catch that.)

I like internet writing. I consume a lot of it. I use its jokes and its memes. But it's fucking exhausting. There was a time that I couldn't be kept away from my LJ; now my blog goes into abeyance for months at a time, while I have been avoiding using Twitter for myself so long as Nazis go unchecked.

When I can, I cram books into my face and find it strangely restful not to already feel obligated to know what is wrong with the author's take and be able to find a thread dissecting what they just did wrong. I could go to the internet and find those things if I wanted -- sometimes I do -- but they aren't clamoring for my attention.
posted by Countess Elena at 12:17 PM on May 20, 2018 [1 favorite]


what makes internet writing uniquely “internetty”?

butts lol
posted by flabdablet at 1:03 PM on May 20, 2018 [13 favorites]


> flabdablet:
"what makes internet writing uniquely “internetty”?

butts lol"


And the mandatory "nice" whenever that number between 68 and 70 comes up.
posted by Samizdata at 1:07 PM on May 20, 2018 [3 favorites]


In addition, #NotAllInternetWriters.
posted by Samizdata at 1:15 PM on May 20, 2018 [1 favorite]


Meh. MehB. Meh/B.
posted by y2karl at 1:50 PM on May 20, 2018


I'd say a strong projection of absolute certainty about the opinions (sometimes cast as facts) expressed and a strong sense of self-importance are key for getting that internetty vibe down pat.
posted by some loser at 2:31 PM on May 20, 2018 [5 favorites]


All your other takes could never….But internet takes are notable in their swiftness and irreverent tone.
I don't think I'm internet enough to understand this article.
posted by eotvos at 6:55 PM on May 20, 2018


> eotvos:
"All your other takes could never….But internet takes are notable in their swiftness and irreverent tone.

I don't think I'm internet enough to understand this article."


Are you say "You can't even"?
posted by Samizdata at 8:22 PM on May 20, 2018 [2 favorites]


I probably could have lived just fine for the rest of my life without learning about DoubleDickDude.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:35 PM on May 20, 2018 [1 favorite]


[searches page for "exclamation," finds no instances of its use]

Article does mention Choire Sicha, but fails to mention exclamation marks!

[searches page for "hilarious," finds four instances too many]

Ugh! Hilarity is in the eye of the beholder. It's not a great general-usage adjective.

I wonder how much is internet and how much is Gen-Xers and millennials, amirite?
posted by limeonaire at 9:13 PM on May 20, 2018 [2 favorites]


r u saying millennials hv ruined prose
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:17 PM on May 20, 2018 [3 favorites]


it isn't ruined, it's -faster-
posted by solarion at 2:52 AM on May 21, 2018 [2 favorites]


(FYI, I may be misreading, but I think that Daniel Mallory Ortberg is misgendered in one paragraph of the article.)

I thought the same thing at first, but upon rereading, I think that pronoun is attempting to personify "the internet" in general, maybe? In any case, it's confusing and should probably be cleaned up. They spelled Drew Magary's name wrong, too.

Overall, I thought it was a pretty good article. It's hard to identify specific "pieces" because so much internet writing is not organized that way. Things like Crimershow or PFTCommenter, for example.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:21 AM on May 21, 2018


Are you say "You can't even"?

Get with the times. It's "understandn't."
posted by entropone at 7:36 AM on May 21, 2018 [4 favorites]


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