Who is the internet: Dril, or Bruce Chatwin?
October 22, 2019 4:29 PM   Subscribe

 
For some context on Chatwin I recommend this excellent article by Richard Cooke in The Monthly, from 2017, The Songline's thirtieth anniversary.
Dril is, of course, transcendent and I wouldn't insult you by trying to contextualise his frightening genius with mere links.
posted by thatwhichfalls at 5:11 PM on October 22, 2019 [4 favorites]


dril isn't the Internet. i am the Internet.
posted by Reclusive Novelist Thomas Pynchon at 5:28 PM on October 22, 2019 [4 favorites]


The crying of lot Vineland.
posted by sjswitzer at 5:48 PM on October 22, 2019


(FWIW, digging through the references of this post is as much a project as, and as rewarding as, reading your novels, RNTP.)
posted by sjswitzer at 5:51 PM on October 22, 2019


No matter what the argument is in this article, the idea that the internet “is” one of two white men, as decided by other white men, is just incredibly old-fashioned and entirely lacking awareness of the broader world.
posted by snofoam at 6:20 PM on October 22, 2019 [10 favorites]


9622 is the internet
posted by gwint at 6:35 PM on October 22, 2019 [5 favorites]


You're both wrong, da share z0ne is the internet
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 6:57 PM on October 22, 2019 [17 favorites]


It is difficult to accurately categorize dril as either white or man. He is a pixie, a fae being, capable of dabbling in any realm when a whim catches him.
posted by delfin at 8:12 PM on October 22, 2019 [5 favorites]


No matter what the argument is in this article...
Dismissing something you haven’t even bothered to look at, that’s the internet.
posted by neroli at 8:52 PM on October 22, 2019 [26 favorites]


Truthpoint looks ... terrible.
posted by chavenet at 2:33 AM on October 23, 2019 [1 favorite]


It is difficult to accurately categorize dril as either white or man. He is a pixie, a fae being, capable of dabbling in any realm when a whim catches him.

Siri, show me an example of the Default Man.
posted by acb at 3:18 AM on October 23, 2019 [2 favorites]


I’m getting to the point with articles like these that I really want to pursue an advanced degree in the anthropology of shitposting.

Non-millennials do not understand shitposting—its origins, forms, social function, range of expression. Shitposts are not synonymous with memes. Some memes are shitposts. Some shitposts are memes. But they are both distinct forms of internet culture.

Someone give me a grant my family is dying
posted by overeducated_alligator at 4:21 AM on October 23, 2019 [9 favorites]


Non-millennials do not understand shitposting—its origins, forms, social function, range of expression

Meow.
posted by Cardinal Fang at 5:05 AM on October 23, 2019


Non-millennials do not understand shitposting—its origins, forms, social function, range of expression
We choose not to. We don't care.
posted by thatwhichfalls at 5:17 AM on October 23, 2019 [3 favorites]


Truthpoint looks ... terrible.

The first episode was really, really shoddy and not in a good way but I hope it picks up because I love Dril. It has promise (especially Truthbot) but they basically just read from their computers in an awkward, intro level college class sort of way. I expected some level of "this is garbage" but for it to be funny and on point in the spirit of shitposting but it was mostly uncomfortable and boring.

That other guy can fuck off tho, who even is he? Just make it Dril with guests.
posted by Young Kullervo at 5:25 AM on October 23, 2019


Non-millennials do not understand shitposting
Oh you sweet summer child.
posted by aspersioncast at 5:59 AM on October 23, 2019 [3 favorites]


That should be "boomers," my apologies.
posted by overeducated_alligator at 6:01 AM on October 23, 2019


Gen X understands shitposting. Robot Chicken is shitposting, some parts of South Park are shitposting. I would argue that its essence is even older than that. Dorothy Parker, were she alive now, would be a fabulous shitposter. Sylvia Plath, too.
posted by domo at 6:43 AM on October 23, 2019 [6 favorites]


I believe the terms of trade are "lizard people" and "Russian assets."
posted by aspersioncast at 6:43 AM on October 23, 2019


That other guy can fuck off tho, who even is he? Just make it Dril with guests.

The other guy is @eedrk, and he's really funny! He's nowhere near the phenomenon that Dril is, but he can be pretty sharp and gets some unexpected laughs from me.

On Twitter, that is. Neither he nor Dril seem remotely prepared to have cameras pointed at them, so maybe I'll check in on them if they make it to season 12 or so.
posted by rorgy at 6:44 AM on October 23, 2019 [1 favorite]


Some things just can't transition to other media. For example, movies based on things without a narrative structure like board games or video games are usually terrible. @dril and @eedrk have never had to do dialog before, just one-liners. Completely different ballgame.
posted by domo at 6:51 AM on October 23, 2019


That should be "boomers," my apologies.

Meow meow.
posted by Cardinal Fang at 7:12 AM on October 23, 2019


Someone give me a grant my family is dying

Not in reference to you, but because it is among my favorite cartoons and seems relevant.
posted by sjswitzer at 10:00 AM on October 23, 2019 [2 favorites]


The internet should not be whoever decided to animate horizontal rules on that website.
posted by Marticus at 2:16 PM on October 24, 2019 [1 favorite]


Chatwin is the Internet because of his great love of Moleskine notebooks.
posted by The corpse in the library at 5:29 PM on October 25, 2019


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