We Try It: Being Catfished

Once upon a time there was a beautiful girl named Mary. She had a handsome husband and a sweet baby girl and a lovely home by the sea. And Mary was sick and although she fought valiantly and with great determination, Mary died and everyone was sad.

And it was all a lie. Read More We Try It: Being Catfished

You Can Do Better: In Defense of One “Ladyblog”

On Monday, n+1 contributor Molly Fischer wrote an article, “On Ladyblogs,” in which she tried to further articulate her feelings about sites like Jezebel and The Hairpin. In the process, she displays a remarkable aptitude for sweeping generalizations, half-assed research, and reneging on a commitment because the self-imposed assignment no longer felt “relevant.”

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Is There a Growing Trend in Internet Fatigue?

When I decided to write about my developing Internet fatigue, I had no way of knowing that the world as we knew it was going to end. Yesterday, the biggest event, second only to the second coming of Christ judging by the reaction it has garnered, happened. Facebook filed the paperwork for its long-awaited IPO. The extent of the Facebook coverage makes it almost possible to forget that Facebook is nothing more than a social media platform, albeit perhaps the current penultimate social media platform. Read More Is There a Growing Trend in Internet Fatigue?

Crowdsourcing Charity

I’ve been bobbing along in the introweb tubes for a long time.  From BBS to forums to blogs,  I’ve watched and to a lesser extent participated in all sorts of internet communities.  I’m mostly a lurker, I like to read and get to know a community before I jump in.  As such, I think I’m fairly well versed in how internet communities work from an armchair sociologist point of view. Read More Crowdsourcing Charity